Nicola Ranger: Financial regulation and supervision in a complex world: how can we green the financial system for nature?

Nicola Ranger (University of Oxford)
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14:30 - 15:30
Institute for New Economic Thinking (in-person and online)
Manor Road Building
Manor Road
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Seminar Room G and online

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Over the past decade, financial regulation and supervision have been increasingly seen as potential solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. Yet, they are at best a necessary but not sufficient condition for action. This paper explores how science and modelling have been used within financial regulation and supervision to date - to motivate and inform action - and analyses the limitations of current approaches and the potential negative repercussions for finance and society.

With the launch of the Task-Force on Nature-related disclosures in September 2023, there is increasing pressure that these new financial frameworks incorporate nature and biodiversity. Yet this brings even greater risk assessment challenges. We present results from our recent work with the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and the UK financial sector that tries to capture some of the lessons from complex systems analysis to inform integrated nature-climate scenario analyses for financial institutions. We draw lessons on the needs from both the scientific and finance communities to generate more decision-relevant evidence and to use this appropriately within decisions.

About the speaker:

Dr Nicola Ranger is Director of the Resilient Planet Finance Lab at the University of Oxford, Executive Director of the Oxford Martin Systemic Resilience Programme and leads the Resilience and Development Group of the Environmental Change Institute. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking of the Oxford Martin School. She brings 20 years' expertise in risk, analytics, economics, finance and fiscal policy as a practitioner and researcher across industry, government, IFIs and academia.