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This mini-conference brings together scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to explore how the state interacts with firms to improve sustainability.
Iiris Saittakari, Assistant Professor of International Business at Aalto University, Finland, offered an analysis framework for future-facing manufacturing investments that target green economic transitions, highlighting the importance of locational negotiations between multinational companies, cities, regions, and countries.
Sorin Krammer, Professor of Strategy & International Business at Surrey Business School, explored how institutional changes regarding environmental transparency incentivize firms to develop technologies that save energy and reduce emissions, especially when they have international ties.
Maria Ivanova, Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Professor of Public Policy at Northeastern University, discussed the role of two small states—Rwanda and Peru—that successfully advocated for a resolution to end plastic pollution by 2040.