PUFin engages in a number of research activities and events in order to further our understanding and to share findings with stakeholders and the public.
20 April 2023 - Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden has shared her thoughts on sustainability and business in an exclusive interview with PUFIN centre director Ali Ataullah and co-director Rodion Skovoroda.
Ali and Rodion were the academic consultants for the recent OU and BBC co-production, The Big Green Money Show, on Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds. Watch their exclusive interview with Deborah Meaden on the OU Connect page.
13 June 2022 - Dr Carien van Mourik gives this presentation
13 May 2022 - PUFin member Rodion Skovodroda's comments on the recent rise in bonus pay were used in an article in the Financial Times.
POSTPONED - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 11:00 to 13:00
This webinar, presented by Professor Ali Ataullah, Dr Cristiana Bernardi and Dr Rodion Skovoroda of PUFIN, will explore different types of quantitative research undertaken in business, finance, law and wider social sciences.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 13:30
Join Professor Alexandre Garel as we explore whether investors’ personal experience of climate change affects their voting behavior on environmental issues.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 15:00
In this PUFIN research seminar, join Professor Ben Ho as we look at fear and favouritism in the time of COVID-19.
This event, held on 21 April, launched new research by The Open University, Nottingham University, the University of Western Ontario and the High Pay Centre.
The report examines how many UK companies cut CEO pay in response to Covid-19, the scale of those cuts, and the particular governance and shareholder characteristics of those companies.
In particular, the research examines the relationship of boardroom diversity and institutional share ownership with covid-related executive pay reductions.
Across the world, governments proactively seek advice from academic experts to generate ideas and analysis for policy purposes. But on what terms should this engagement between academics and the public sector be contracted? Do academic experts have “…special status as providers of neutral and apolitical evidence…”, or are they instead “…one type of actor among others providing input in the political system…” (Christensen, 2021)? How can academics who advise on policy can avoid putting personal beliefs before expert recommendations?
In this PUFin event, held on 30 March 2022, Professor Mark Freeman draws on his experiences from working with the public sector around climate change economics, to explain the inherent difficulties he sees in being an academic policy advocate in such a politically charged field.
Our visiting academic Simran Sethi writes about the mysterious connection between psychedelic use and eco-activism in this article for Nautilus.
On August 26, Pakistan declared emergency in the face of calamitous floods. According to the United Nations (UN), more than 1,300 lives have been lost, tens of millions of people are now homeless, one-third of this vast country is submerged under water, over a million livestock is dead and crops of this agricultural country have been wiped out.
Dr Anwar Halari explores how interest-free loans are helping flood victims in this blog.
The US Department of Labour has estimated that 1.56 million children carry out hazardous work on cocoa farms in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The topic is more relevant than ever in light of the partial COVID-19 lockdown in the Ivory Coast which saw a sharp rise in child labour.
The child labour plague has been long under the spotlight of international bodies, foundations, and standard setters. Nevertheless, the cocoa industry remains still dogged in controversy amid allegations of child labour and slavery, despite promises to eradicate it in 2001. Our research examines the issues of child labour, forced child labour and unsustainable farming practices within the chocolate industry, with a specific focus on the discourse about Nestlé’s Ivory Coast cocoa supply chain.
Despite introducing sustainability programs, Nestlé and several other international companies continue to source cocoa from the Ivory Coast. Will they keep their promises to eradicate the worst forms of child labour, including slavery? Only time will tell, but after two decades the problems persist.
This PUFin event, held in April 2021, brought academic and non-academic experts together to discuss this "wicked problem" of child labour in society.
We eat chocolate for comfort, celebration, and indulgence. But what’s really going into the chocolate we buy?
The Chocolate Collective have surveyed the world’s biggest chocolate companies to find out!
With guidance from university experts, including PUFin's Dr Cristiana Bernardi, 90% of the industry have been graded and the results published. Companies have been scored on six measures, including transparency, child labour and living income.
Some are rising to the challenge, but others continue to ignore consumer demand for chocolate that’s free of child labour, poverty, deforestation and is good for people and the planet. Read more and see the results here.