FESSUD Final Newsletter
This newsletter is being written a few days before the completion of the FESSUD project after five years of intensive analysis and research into the ramifications of financialisation on economy, society and environmental sustainability. The FESSUD project has produced over 200 papers and reports. These provide valuable research findings. We are ensuring that the publications of the FESSUD project remain readily available. The web-site of FESSUD will continue in operation with full access to all of the work produced by FESSUD: it will be updated to bring information on further publications, conference and workshop presentations etc., coming from the FESSUD project. Contact details for partners are on the web-site.

The final synthesis of the FESSUD project was delivered to the European Commission last week. This will then be available shortly as a FESSUD Working Paper, and an executive summary provided.

The final annual FESSUD conference was held in Brussels in September to present and discuss some of the research and policy findings of the FESSUD project.

I would draw your attention to the European Policy Briefs, Research Briefs (relating to Financialisation and Development) and Briefing Notes (relating to Economic and Monetary Union).

I sign off by expressing my thanks to many people. To you, the reader, for your interest in the FESSUD project and its work. To the participants (researchers, managers, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Stakeholder Group) in the FESSUD project who have produced great work and contributed enthusiastically and mightily to its success. And to the European Union for their financial support.

Malcolm Sawyer
Principal Investigator

Financialisation and Future Policy Developments for a More Socially Responsible Financial Sector

FESSUD partners and other experts in finance were interviewed during the final annual FESSUD conference with regards to policy developments having reduced financial instability or served a more socially responsible financial sector. They also comment about possible future financial crises around the corner and solutions for a financial system better serving the economy, society and the environment.

Finance, Environment and Sustainability (WP7)

Work Package 7 aims to assess the connections between financialisation and sustainability from both an empirical and a theoretical perspective with a particular reference to environmental sustainability. The unsustainability of the existing energy system and the transition to a low carbon economy are also discussed.

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10 Policy Briefs on Sustainable Finance

In 2016, we have issued 10 policy briefs synthetizing work across different work packages within FESSUD. They suggest policy developments ranging from creating a European Union Sustainable Banking Network, to rebalancing China’s Economy and Their Global Impact, via correcting the effects of the crisis on the convergence/divergence in the Euro area.

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Book Release: Financialisation and the Financial and Economic Crises – Country Studies

This new FESSUD book provides detailed accounts of the long-term effects of financialisation and cover the main developments leading up to and during the crisis in 11 selected countries: the US, the UK, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Estonia, and Turkey.

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Discover the FESSUD Infographics!

Some FESSUD findings have been graphically summarized as 3 themed infographics: Causes and Consequences of The Financial Crisis (WP 3), Financialisation & Well-being (WP 5), and The Future of Finance (WP 11).

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Finance Better Serving Economy and Society

The final annual FESSUD conference concluded with a round table on policy developments towards a more socially and environmentally responsible financial sector and more broadly on the future of finance.

Financialisation in Society and the World

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London recently hold a conference concluding its work done within FESSUD.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 266800

The views expressed during the execution of the FESSUD project, in whatever form and or by whatever medium, are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.