Social Responsibility, Banks and Markets During the  COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

  • Wed 6 Jul 22

    09:00 - 18:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)

In the last few decades, firms’ social responsibility has increasingly been found to be a strategic factor that not only serves stakeholders’ interest and benefits social outcomes, but also enhances financial stability, return and value for investors.

In early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis was a major disruptor to the global economy, financial markets and society as a whole. Two years in, the world seems to be at a turning point, although we are not yet “after Covid”.

This workshop offers opportunities for academics and policymakers to discuss the role of social responsibility, banks, and financial markets in the Covid-19 crisis in light of the recent international policy agenda aimed at fostering climate and social changes worldwide.

It will also provide the opportunity to consider recent risks and challenges that are currently impacting banks and markets and that could set back progress on sustainability objectives and on the post-Covid economic recovery.


This workshop is free to attend and there are a limited number of spaces to attend in person so please register now.

Workshop details

Keynote speaker

 Douglas Cumming
Douglas Cumming

Douglas Cumming, J.D., Ph.D., CFA, is the DeSantis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at the College of Business, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Douglas is also a Visiting Professor of Finance at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK.

Douglas has published over 200 articles in leading refereed academic journals (including 38 in Financial Times top 50 journals) in finance, management, and law and economics, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Economic Journal, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. His work has been cited over 21,000 times according to Google Scholar. He is the Managing Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Corporate Finance (2021-current) and the British Journal of Management (2020-current). He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial and Business Economics.

Douglas has published 21 academic books, including Crowdfunding: Fundamental Cases, Facts, and Insights (Elsevier Academic Press, 2019) for which his course materials are freely available online.

Douglas’ work has been reviewed in numerous media outlets, including The Economist, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, the National Post, and The New Yorker.


Barbara Casu, Bayes Business School, UK

Jerry CoakleyEssex Business School, UK

Franco Fiordelisi, Essex Business School, UK

Sofia Johan Florida Atlantic University, USA

Neil KellardEssex Business School, UK

Sotirios KokasEssex Business School, UK

Stefano PiseràUniversity of Genova, Italy

Alessio Reghezza, European Central Bank

Ornella Ricci, University of Rome III, Italy

Nick Rowe, Michigan State University, USA

John WilsonUniversity of St Andrews, UK


Industry Session

 Alessandra Mongiardino

Alessandra Mongiardino

 Alessandra Mongiardino is the Director of Financial & Strategic Risk at NatWest Group and a member of Risk ExCo.

Alessandra has more than 25 years of International Risk Management experience developed in Banking, Asset Management and Rating Agencies. She has expertise in enterprise-wide risk management, credit modelling, climate risk and the oversight of financial and strategic risks. In 2021 she established the second line Centre of Excellence for climate risk at NatWest and has led activities including the delivery of the Climate Biennual Exploratory Scenario (CBES) and the establishment of the climate risk framework.

Prior to joining NatWest in London, she was the Head of Enterprise-wide Risk Management at Nordea in Copenhagen. Previously she held risk management roles at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, HSBC, Moody’s, JP Morgan and the Bank of England.

Alessandra holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick and an M.Sc. in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Southampton.


Laura Chiaramonte, University of Verona, Italy

Alberto Dreassi, University of Trieste, Italy

Claudia Girardone, Essex Business School, UK

Stefano Piserà, University of Genova, Italy


This workshop takes place at Colchester Campus. Colchester is an hour away from London by train.

Further details on how to get to us can be found on the University of Essex, Colchester Campus webpage.


For any enquiries about this conference please contact efic@essex.ac.uk 

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