Golland’s research focuses on identifying and analysing linkages (e.g. telecoupling effects, opportunities and barriers) between financial and social-ecological systems, for supporting SES resilience, through both empirical work and conceptual / theoretical development. He investigates how existing financial systems, as well as innovations in the sector, could work to improve local and global sustainable development (and therefore support social-ecological resilience). This includes identifying appropriate safeguards for society, policymakers and practitioners alike.
He works primarily for the projects MISTRA Financial Systems (MFS), and Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere (GEDB), currently investigating the following subject areas: green bonds, index funds, sustainable finance initiatives, public and private debt, environmental and social governance, socially responsible investment (e.g. CSR and institutional impact investing), insurance, fintech, algorithmic trading, universal basic income, blockchains, and alternative currencies.
Although his concern for the sustainability of life on Earth started at a young age, Golland first obtained a degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Westminster before working for a bespoke audio/video exhibition engineering company in London. He then became an academic research assistant supporting disabled students at various London universities, before switching metaphysical gears and deciding to leave his native home of the UK to study the MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy at Maastricht University (Netherlands). In the year before starting his PhD candidacy in Stockholm, he was a research assistant for the branch of the European Commission’s TRANSIT program at Maastricht University, was course tutor for a Globalisation module held at the University College Maastricht (UCM), and completed a summer internship investigating science advice for policy-making at UCL (STEaPP).
In addition to his research, Golland is the coordinator of PhD activities for the Resilience 2017 conference.
His is also engaged with the following networks:
MISTRA Financial Systems (Sweden)
MISTRA Centre for Sustainable Markets (MISUM; Stockholm School of Economics)
SWESIF (Swedish Forum for Sustainable Investment)
International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (Maastricht University)
TRANSIT (Transformative Social Innovation Theory; Maastricht University)
If you would like to discuss Master thesis co-supervision, workshop development, or any other activities related to my research, please feel free to contact me!
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