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Research of Excellence

Climate & Earth

25% of HEC Paris professors conduct research with implications for the Climate & Earth agenda. Their research gives priority to energy transition and new zero-carbon business models and strategies.

In June 2020, the S&O Institute conducted a survey among HEC Paris professors. 25% of respondents said that their research was related to climate, energy or the environment. 10% consider environmental aspects as an essential dimension of their research program, on topics such as the carbon footprint, the impact of internationalization strategies on the environment, the functioning of carbon markets, the consequences of natural disasters and the political behavior of companies

Below you will find some of the main research themes on environmental sustainability by academic department :

  • Marketing: environmentally friendly customer behavior, adoption and use of car-sharing platforms, the environmental dimension of value propositions.
  • Strategy: the environmental impact of urban areas, sustainability classifications and investments, cross-sectoral relations between companies, states and civil society.
  • Economics and Finance: assessing the long-term impact of climate change, decision-making behavior in the face of uncertainty, transparency on the carbon footprint of products and services.
  • Accounting and Management Control: impact reporting, performance management on SDG measures (Sustainable Development Goals), innovation processes.


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Are Carbon Markets the Solution Against Climate Change?

By Arnaud Van Waeyenberge

July 20th, 2021
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The Role of Marketing in Climate Change: Carbon Footprinting and Pricing

By Daniel Halbheer

November 15th, 2021
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Activist Hedge Funds: Good for Some, Bad for Others?

By Mark Desjardine, Rodolphe Durand

March 30th, 2021
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Optimizing Feed-In Tariffs to Boost Renewable Energy Production

By Sam Aflaki, Andrea Masini

January 29th, 2020



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The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for us to rethink our current energy system. Jean-Michel Gauthier, professor and Executive Director of the Energy & Finance Chair at HEC Paris, explains the global consequences of the coronavirus and paints a picture of the future of the energy transition right here at the heart of the European Union.

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