Associate Professor Stephanie Giamporcaro's research takes to heart the GSB motto "engaged inquiry in a complex world''. It focuses, amongst others emerging and innovative social phenomena, on applying the theoretical insights from the anthropology of markets, economic sociology and organisation and management theories to the study of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI). This approach led to a PhD defended in 2006 with the highest honor and mention. Prior to embrace fully an academic career, she was the head of SRI for the French think tank Novethic, subsidiary of the French Public Investment Group Caisse des Depots and was one of the leading experts on SRI management and strategies in France. Her industrial and practitioner experience has travelled with her across different continents and in 2013 she was nominated one of the 35 foreigners under 35-years-old making an impact on the continent of Africa. Following her move to South Africa, she produced not only in top tier academic journals but also several policy papers and impact research outputs. She has published a book in French on political consumption, and a number of peer-reviewed research articles in top-tier academic and practitioner journals including: Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Sustainable Investment and Finance, Investment Analyst Journal, and Development Southern Africa.
She currently holds a Readership in Responsible and Sustainable Finance at Nottingham Business School (United Kingdom) and remains a visiting Associate Prof at the GSB. From March 2014 to April 2016 she held the position of research at the GSB. She oversaw the school's research budget, the research agenda. She also directed and convened the GSB PhD programme, which covers areas of organization and management studies and research methods. Being the only world's leading business school in Africa, the school of business has leveraged its faculty expertise on the three thematic research clusters: emerging markets, finance and trade; social innovation and entrepreneurship; and value based leadership to establish strategic partnerships with industry, governments and civil society in order to advance its research and doctorate programs under Giamporcaro' s leadership.
She is a core academic member of the world renowned Bertha Centre for Social innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her latest impact research outputs include the Africa Investing for Impact Barometer, which is a research publication targeting the investment industry, the policy makers, media and civil society to effect change and practices in the implementation of SRI and impact investment strategies in the African continent. As one of few experts in the field, investment industry researchers and practitioners and the media often consult her expertise of SRI in Africa. This has led to awarded grants and projects with NGO, governments, and industries.
Dr Giamporcaro is currently involved in research and teaching on impact investment and sustainable and responsible investment at the UCT GSB and Nottingham Business School. She has designed and lectures courses in the field of SRI for the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and the Masters of Development Finance programs. She supervises MBAs, Masters and PhD on SRI, impact investment, social finance developmental finance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility sustainability and innovation and more generally on the social construction of markets. She is also regularly invited to teach on executive education courses around sustainable and impact investment.