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Introduction to Sustainable Finance Course

Course director: Dr Ben Caldecott, Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance, University of Oxford

Eligibility: Only open to public servants and third sector representatives

Fees: Free places available based on need. £500 for others.

Format: Online with 20 hours self-paced learning over 10 weeks and 3 live sessions


This online course provides participants with a foundational understanding of sustainable finance. It equips participants with knowledge of key concepts, theories, and topics so that they can successfully navigate developments across this emerging field, and identify and mobilise levers of change.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how sustainable finance has developed and understand essential concepts such as environmental, social, and governance factors, responsible investment, and stranded assets;
  • Unpack the different motivations and mechanisms for sustainable finance across different asset classes, financial institutions, and geographies
  • Identify the policy mechanisms available to successfully motivate greater investment in the infrastructure, technologies, and approaches needed to deliver sustainability
  • Understand the role of different types of public and private financial institutions and their respective roles, as well as how public finance can help mobilise capital, especially in the post-Covid-19 recovery
  • Examine the commercial opportunity associated with sustainable finance and future trends that will accelerate the adoption of sustainable finance


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This course is offered for free, or heavily subsidised for public and third sector participants that meet our admissions criteria. We have developed criteria for accepting participants that balance access and diversity with supporting those best placed to have impact and contribute to the ultimate aims of the Academy.

Whilst we have a large number of free places on each course these will be allocated based on suitability and need. In this regard we prioritise current and future leaders from developing countries. As much as possible we balance access and diversity with supporting those best placed to have impact and contribute to the ultimate aims of the Academy. We consider individuals applications, as well as those made on behalf of groups for organisations seeking multiple enrolments.

Please note that we do not consider applicants working outside of the public and third sector, and owing to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to give individual feedback to candidates.


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