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6th Transatlantic Conference on The Ethics of Business, Trade, and Global Governance Ethics and Sustainability in Banking and Finance

6th Transatlantic Conference on The Ethics of Business, Trade, and Global Governance

Location: Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews

Dates: 23rd to 24th November 2023


Keynote Speakers

Professor Barbara Casu (Bayes Business School) and Professor Mollie Painter (Nottingham Trent University)


Conference Programme, Speakers, and Papers

ESBF Conference Programme 2023 (PDF)


The Department of Finance at the University of St Andrews Business School

in cooperation with the Department of Finance, University of Vienna, and the Center for Ethics in Society, Saint Anselm College, announces a call for proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on economics, ethics, and global governance in banking and finance.

The current economic turmoil driven by war, geopolitical tension and inflation is amplifying uncertainties and instability. As such, banking systems are again entering the centre stage, together with unregulated crypto markets and a lack of integration of international financial markets. These developments raise again questions about ethical behaviour in business, socially responsible investments, governance, risk-taking and protective regulation.

Professor Barbara Casu

Professor Barbara Casu is the Head of the Faculty of Finance at Bayes Business School, City, University of London (UK), and the Director of the Centre for Banking Research (CBR). Previously she held the role of Director of the Bayes Executive PhD Programme. Her main research interests are in empirical banking, payment systems, financial regulation, financial innovation, and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 50 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook "Introduction to Banking" (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking. Outside academia, Professor Casu has been a consultant/visiting researcher at several organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the European Commission (EC); the South African Reserve Bank (SARB); Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); the Building Societies Association (BSA).


Professor Mollie Painter

Professor Mollie Painter is an international scholar specializing in business ethics, CSR, sustainability and responsible leadership. She has held academic positions in South Africa, the USA, the UK, and Slovenia. She currently heads up the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) in Nottingham, and is an Extraordinary Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, where she co-directs GIBS' Centre for Business Ethics. Mollie's most recent research focuses on sustainability, organisational culture, leadership, and ethics within complex organisational environments. As a philosopher by training, her trademark is bringing insights from 20th century and contemporary philosophy to management and organisational studies. She has authored and edited a number of books: Business Ethics as Practice (Cambridge University Press), Ethics in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Global Perspectives, co-edited with Laura Spence (Springer), and Business Ethics and Continental Philosophy, co-edited with René ten Bos (Cambridge University Press),."Gender Leadership and Organisation", co-edited book with Patricia Werhane (Springer).

Topics of interest

Resiliency and Sustainability Supply-Chain, International Commerce
Banks Ownership Financial Integration and Innovation
Corporate Governance Ethics
Social responsibility Global Governance

The goal of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together ethicists, economists, political scientists, international relations scholars, policy experts, and business leaders to examine how banking, international trade and investments can be conducted more ethically in a post-pandemic and conflict context.


More Information

The conference will be in-person only at the University of St Andrews. You will find information on travelling to St Andrews, options for accommodation, and directions on reaching University buildings and other popular landmarks in the town at If you have any questions about the conference, please contact [email protected].

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