Dr. Heather Hachigian is an assistant professor teaching in the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Innovation program. Her research interests include responsible investment, social finance and corporate social innovation. Hachigian’s recent work focuses on the governance of investment institutions with an explicit long-term mandate. Her research has explored investment decision-making under ambiguity, shareholder engagement and integrating sustainability criteria into infrastructure investment deals. Hachigian has published her research in several book chapters and academic journals, including Business and Politics, Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Journal of Business Ethics, European Financial Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Hachigian previously worked as a senior consultant with Purpose Capital. She provides research and advisory services to government, business and non-profits on impact measurement, social finance and sustainable investing. Recent projects include an evaluation of social finance models for migrant and refugee integration and a retail impact investing guidebook. Hachigian is a judge for the annual Responsible Investor Reporting Awards and an editorial board member for Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment. Hachigian holds a PhD from the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (2015), where she investigated the governance of investment decision-making by sovereign wealth funds. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University (2008).

Recent Submissions

  • Understanding the governance structures that underpin responsible investment decision-making 

    Hachigian, Heather (Springer, Cham, 2017)
    The aim of this essay is to consider the extent to which best practice governance can be adapted to support effective responsible investment (RI) decision-making. Governance refers to the mechanisms and processes by which ...
  • Addressing the challenges of transformation through sustainable investment 

    Clark, Gordon L.; Hachigian, Heather; McGill, Sarah; Molinari, Claire; Wójcik, Dariusz (Routledge, 2015)
    For much of the post-WWII era, financial crises flowed from the periphery of the global economy to core financial markets, disturbing equilibrium and challenging established practices (Barro, 2006). Over the last couple ...
  • Reframing the governance challenge for sustainable investment 

    Hachigian, Heather; McGill, Sarah M. (Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 2012)
    In an era of borderless financial markets the financial sector can serve as an important mechanism for addressing long-term environmental, economic and social degradation. In particular, institutional investors tasked with ...