Ellen Quigley: From Existential Risk to Universal Ownership; the Interaction between Climate, Finance and Investing.


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Dr Ellen Quigley is a Senior Research Associate in Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and the Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer, both at the University of Cambridge. Her work centres on the mitigation of climate change and inequality through the investment policies and practices of institutional investors. She is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and holds an AB in English literature from Harvard College, an MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in economics education from the University of Cambridge. Her article, Universal Ownership in Practice: A Practical Investment Framework for Asset Owners, won the GRASFI Paper Prize for Potential Impact on Sustainable Finance Practices in 2020.

On this episode of Outside In Ellen talks with Jon about systemic risk, existential risk, and why divestiture and or exclusion doesn’t make a difference in her opinion. They also discuss universal ownership and the importance of coordinated engagement around systemic risks.

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