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Dr. Theodor Cojoianu is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at Queen’s University Belfast. Theodor's work at the intersection between sustainability, datascience and finance is focused on applying innovative research methods to the study of sustainable development issues. His work has led him to be invited as a Member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, where he advises the Commission on EU sustainable finance policy.

Theodor also serves as: an Academic-in-Residence in Agent Green and Sustainable Nation Ireland, on the advisory board of the EU Energy Efficiency Mortgages Initiative, as a member of Green Finance Ireland, and is involved as an Executive Committee Member on the Global Network on Financial Geography (Fingeo). Previously, he held appointments in the sustainable finance space in both academic and finance industry organisations. He worked in academia within the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St. Andrews, the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading and the University of Edinburgh Business School. He was previously an analyst with MSCI ESG Research in London and affiliated with Sociovestix Labs and Sustainable Investment Partners.

Theodor received his D.Phil. in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford and his MSc. in Carbon Finance (Distinction) and MEng. in Electrical Engineering and Management from the University of Edinburgh. Theodor presented professionally relevant insights to Allianz Global Investors, Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, BNP Paribas, Brunel Pension Partnership, Environmental Agency Pension Fund, the Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), Investment Innovation Benchmark, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, International Finance Corporation / World Bank, National Australia Bank and other global financial institutions.

Theodor’s work has been published in journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Small Business Economics, Research Policy, as well as communicated for practice in high profile reports for international financial institutions looking to invest in the low carbon transition.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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