Researcher biography

Saphira is a lecturer in Finance of the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She was recently based in Princeton University on a four–months research secondment, to work on the Rapid Switch Project. Rapid Switch is a research collaboration between UQ, Princeton and a number of other universities which focusses on developing solutions for rapid global decarbonisation. Saphira's research is in Sustainable Finance and focuses on developing methods to measure corporate impact on meeting science-based planetary limits (climate goals in particular) and how these methods can be integrated into financial decision-making. She has also worked with industry to develop and integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions.

Saphira's research is cross-disciplinary and she has published in the high impact journal Nature Climate Change as well as several other highly ranked academic journals. She has been a recipient of the prestigious International Post-graduate Research Scholarships for her PhD in 2014, won the UQ Business School 2017 Teaching Award (Tutor), was the winning contestant of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment's 2018 essay competition on the integration of responsible Investment into financial education, and has been a panel discussant at the European Commission Conference on Sustainable Finance in 2019.