Workshop Title:

The Management and Economics of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) after the Covid-19 Pandemic


April 26th, 2023 (GMT+1)


Department of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London


  • ESG
  • Sustainability
  • Financial Development
  • Managerial Economics

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Canh Thien Dang
Assistant Professor in King's College London

Personal Bio:

Dr Canh Thien Dang is a Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London. I am also an academic supervisor at the Institute of Finance and Technology, University College of London, and a chief examiner for the University of London International Programme (Econometrics). Before joining King's, I lectured and conducted research at the London School of Economics as an LSE Fellow in Economics, and at the University of Warwick as a postdoctoral fellow (in Economics). He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham in 2018.

Workshop Description:


Sustainability and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate) is an important and popular topic In economics and management. The Covid-19 crisis has raised global concerns about the commitment towards Sustainability of governments and corporates around the world. This workshop is open to young researchers who are interested in the topics of sustainability and ESG in political economy and finance. I hope to organize a workshop of interest to young researchers in business schools who wish to explore the link of ESG and different management and economic indicators, as well as how the pandemic has affected the dynamics of the relationship between sustainability and corporate goals.

Goal / Rationale:

Many of the global concerns on sustainability and ESG are so preeminent that they seem insurmountable. We encourage research that are both informative and persuasive, supported by empirical facts, or original data analysis. Papers on sustainability, in any sense of the word, based on topics in economics, finance, management, business studies, marketing, technology, and human resources, … are all welcome. We particularly encourage participants to think about one of the following questions (see next section). The workshop will address two themes: (1) how to think about sustainability and ESG in research in economics, management, business, and finance; (2) how to critically evaluate and critique the recent advances in research about the topics, given the recent shifts in governments and firms' objectives regarding sustainability and ESG goals.

Scope and Information for Participants:

We welcome research papers (complete) that address one of the following topics:

  1. Has the Covid crisis strengthened or exacerbated sustainability commitment from governments around the world?
  2. To what extent do law, culture, and other national institutions explain international differences in sustainability commitment and/or sustainability indicators?
  3. What is the comparative importance of national culture versus corporate culture in explaining and/or encouraging sustainability?
  4. What is the link between Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), Sustainability, and financial/economic development?
  5. 5.What economic theories or business/management principles are most relevant to 21st-century problems, particularly in the topic of sustainability?
  6. How significant are a country's geographic location and sustainability in determining its long-term development?
  7. How does the risk of deteriorating sustainability affect corporate valuation and/or cultural development?
  8. Open topics: Research questions on public policies or corporate actions related to sustainability.


On 26 April 2023, in collaboration with ICMRED 2023 and KBS, KCL, we organised a research workshop for (research and taught) postgraduates and senior undergraduate students at King's Business School, KCL. The workshop was well attended by nearly 35 students. We cover a few topics related to Business, Management, and Accounting Practices in the US and Vietnam after Covid. Two external researchers from Lancaster Management School (Lancaster University, UK) and The Open University and Glasgow University were invited to deliver two research papers. One presentation discusses the key literature on how refinancing risks affect firm performance, (textual) tones in earnings and consequential investment efficiency. The other discusses how commercialisation in the higher education industry in developing countries affects learning ability of Business and Economics students. Both presentations were well received, and we had lively discussions (not shared) regarding the methodologies and results. The workshop ended with a buffet lunch. We thank ICMRED 2023 and KBS for sponsoring the event.

Access to Workshop:

ICMRED 2023 Workshop: The Management and Economics of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) after the Covid-19 Pandemic (1)

ICMRED 2023 Workshop: The Management and Economics of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) after the Covid-19 Pandemic (2)


Bush House, Strand Campus, King's College London, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG


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