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Joakim Sandberg


Joakim Sandberg
Practical Philosophy
+46 31 786 4571

Room number: J565
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Philosophy and Philology unit at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Joakim Sandberg


Joakim Sandberg is professor of practical philosophy at University of Gothenburg, as well as professor of economics and finance from a humanist perspective at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is director of the Financial Ethics Research Group in Gothenburg. Joakim was selected as Wallenberg Academy Fellow by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Joakim does research in the intersections between moral and political philosophy and studies in business and economics. Much of his recent work has focused on how to get financial institutions such as banks and pension funds to take a stronger responsibility for the societal and environmental effects of their activities. But he is also interested in the individual case, that is, to what extent consumers like you and me have a duty to buy more responsible and sustainable goods and services.

Joakim runs a blog about Finance and Philosophy.


Joakim has a background in both philosophy and business / economics. He received his Ph.D. in practical philosophy in 2008, based on a thesis addressing ethical issues concerning financial investments. One of these was to what extent investors – both institutional and individual – are morally “tainted” by their investments in morally problematic companies, such as weapons producers or companies that employ child labour. Joakim’s contribution to this debate was widely debated in the Swedish media (see e.g.Sveriges Radio, Jusek, Dagens Industri, Sydsvenskan).

Joakim was subsequently involved in the research program Sustainable Investment Research Platform (SIRP) funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra). Here he studied whether the fiduciary duties of financial institutions – that is, their legal responsibilities to their clients – may be an obstacle to their taking greater social and environmental concern. This research has received much international attention, for example by the UN and the EU. Joakim is co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty which includes contributions from dozens of highly regarded academics and professionals plus a foreword from Al Gore.

Joakim later ran an interdisciplinary research project with environmental psychologists at University of Gothenburg. The project sought to understand the general public’s attitudes towards responsible investment practices and found exceptionally high support for social and environmental concerns. The project was funded by the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management at University of Toronto (Canada).

Joakim has also done research on microfinance, that is, the extension of bank services to people in desperate poverty. As part of the AHRC Research Network on Microfinance, funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, he addressed the moral and political aspects of exorbitant interest rates on microloans. Since 2009, Joakim is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Research in Microfinance in Brussels.

Together with Bengt Brülde, Joakim has published a popular book on ethical consumerism and fair trade (in Swedish). The book is called Hur bör vi handla? Filosofiska tankar om rättvisemärkt, vegetariskt & ekologiskt. All of the proceeds go to charities that are particularly effective in combating world poverty, animal cruelty and climate change. Due to his work with this book, among other things, Joakim received the Albert Wallin Science Prize in 2012 from the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg.

Joakim was guest researcher at Stockholm School of Economics in 2013-2015 and one of the founders of the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. The center explores interdisciplinary research questions that aim to make markets more sustainable and responsible. The research is carried out in close collaboration with stakeholders such as corporations, NGOs, governments and international agencies.

Joakim was selected as Wallenberg Academy Fellow by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2014. This is an initiative for young elite researchers who are given long-term resources to conduct their research together with a research group.

Current research

Joakim now runs the Financial Ethics Research Group funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The aim is to develop a theory of the division of labour in society which stakes out a more sustainable role for financial agents and markets. The program will also evaluate some of the currently proposed measures for making the financial system more socially responsible, such as changing the bonus system for financial executives, legislation on robotic trade in securities, and a global tax on financial transactions.

In 2018, Joakim was also appointed as Professor of Economics and Finance from a Humanist Perspective at University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Full CV


Latest publications

Sustainable Investment: Mobilizing Financial Capital for Sustainable Development
Joakim Sandberg, David Rönnegard
Decent Work and Economic Growth: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals / [ed] Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall, Cham, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The Ethics of Money and Finance
Joakim Sandberg
The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Economics, Edited by Mark D. White, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Moralising Economic Desert
Alexander Andersson, Joakim Sandberg
Business Ethics after the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from the Crash, ed. by Cristopher Cowton, James Dempsey, and Tom Sorell, New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Die Europäische Union soll sich mehr um ihre Einwohner/innen kümmern als um die Banken
Clement Fontan, Joakim Sandberg
Twelve Stars Initiative & Bertelsmann Stiftung (eds.), Twelve Stars: Philosophen schlagen einen Kurs für Europa vor, Gütersloh, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The European Union should protect its people before its banks
Clement Fontan, Joakim Sandberg
Twelve Stars Initiative & Bertelsmann Foundation (eds.), Twelve Stars: Philosophers Chart a Course for Europe, Gütersloh, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Philosophy of Money and Finance
Boudewijn de Bruin, Lisa Herzog, Martin O'Neill, Joakim Sandberg
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford, Stanford University, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Toward a Theory of Sustainable Finance
Joakim Sandberg
Designing a Sustainable Financial System : Development Goals and Socio-Ecological Responsibility / edited by Thomas Walker, Stéfanie D. Kibsey, Rohan Crichton., Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Die Bürgerdividende einer gerechteren Lösung der Eurokrise
Clement Fontan, Joakim Sandberg
Helfer, J., Meyer, M. & Wettig, K. (eds.), Wenn ich mir etwas wünschen dürfte, Göttingen, Steidl, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Socially Responsible Investment and Fiduciary Duty
Joakim Sandberg
Sustainability & Business Law / edited by: Judd F. Sneirson, Nancy E. Shurtz, Durham, NC, Carolina Academic Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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Etiska investeringar
Joakim Sandberg
seminarium på Avd för Industriell och Finansiell Ekonomi, Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet, Other 2004


Gert Helgessons Values, Norms & Ideology in Mainstream Economics
Joakim Sandberg
Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Book review 2003
Book review

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