Meet School of International and Public Affairs Faculty Tenured in 2022

Carol Flammer joined Columbia's tenured faculty in 2022. Tenure is a distinction that recognizes scholarly excellence, demonstrated capacity for imaginative, original work, and great promise for continued contributions at the leading edge of the disciplines.

Caroline Flammer is an expert in sustainable investing with joint appointments at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Climate School. She co-directs SIPA’s global policy challenge in Climate and Sustainable Development and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge. Professor Flammer’s research examines whether and how sustainable finance and impact investing can help finance a more sustainable world. Professor Flammer is the recipient of numerous awards and she was ranked among the top-100 Highly Cited Researchers in the economics and business profession over the past 10 years by the Web of Science. Among other roles, she serves as the Director of SIPA's new Sustainable Investing Research Initiative (SIRI) which aims to foster scholarship, education, and dialogue on the interplay and interdependencies between investment and system-level challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and social inequalities. Professor Flammer also serves as the President of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, a global multi-disciplinary network of scholars fostering rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability, and as the Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the largest network of responsible investors to date. She is an Associate Editor for both Management Science and the Strategic Management Journal

Professor Flammer obtained her Lic. oec. (MSc equivalent) in Economics and Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in 2002 followed by her Dipl. Hdl. (MA equivalent) from the University of Zurich in 2007. Professor Flammer earned her PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen in 2009. From 2011–2013, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Professor Flammer started her career as Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Western Ontario in 2013 and moved to Boston University in 2016.

Caroline Flammer's Faculty Profile