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Research membership

This category of membership is open to all academics but admittance is through a detailed application process which is open every two years. Research members are appointed on the basis of their academic work by a special committee.

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ECGI is a global interdisciplinary academic network. The Research Members are the guardians of ECGI's academic integrity. They have a majority on all boards and committees, and they produce high quality research and events which are disseminated through the ECGI network.

When is the next possible opportunity to apply to become an ECGI Research member?

ECGI will next be accepting applications for research memberships in the summer 2024. This will be announced through the ECGI mailing list and on the ECGI website. Click here to subscribe to the ECGI mailing list. 

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply to become a research member of ECGI, however there is a high bar for admittance. At a minimum, applicants should be producing research on corporate governance related topics and have a solid record of quality papers and publications.

Do I need to be nominated?

No, anyone can apply without being nominated. ECGI seeks nominations from our existing research members to help identify those conducting quality research and to ensure that they apply to become a research member. Individuals who are nominated will be contacted with a request to submit an application. Soliciting multiple nominations is generally discouraged but will not count against applicants.

What are the main reasons for non-admittance?

Some common reasons for non-admittance include:

  • Insufficient focus on corporate governance topics, broadly defined.
  • High calibre early stage scholars without an adequate record.

The assessment criteria differs between law and finance scholars. For example, journal publications and citations are less relevant for law scholars.

The decision of the Appointments Committee is final and they do not provide feedback or reasons for decline.

Research Membership

No charge*

The benefits include:

  • Eligibility to publish in the ECGI working paper series.
  • Use of the ECGI affiliation for professional accreditation.
  • Speaking opportunities at ECGI events.
  • Participation on ECGI boards and committees with fellow members.
  • Promotion of research activities through ECGI channels (newsletters, interviews, social media etc.)
  • An individual professional listing in the ECGI membership directory.
  • Registration for public and members-only email communications.
  • Free attendance at the ECGI Annual Conference and Dinner.
  • Networking opportunities and access to leading academics.
  • Access to the ECGI Community platform and noticeboard.
  • Free access to events when applicable.

*Research Members are encouraged to sign up their universities as Academic Institutional Members to support our ongoing work. 

Other membership options 

Our community of research members

  • Viral Acharya

    C.V. Starr Professor of Economics
    Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Renée Adams

    Professor of Finance
    University of Oxford
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Barry Adler

    Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business
    NYU Law
    Research Member
  • Anat Admati

    George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics
    Stanford University
    Research Member
  • Afra Afsharipour

    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law
    University of California
    Research Member
  • Reena Aggarwal

    Robert E. McDonough Professor of Finance
    Georgetown University
    Research Member
  • Philippe Aghion

    Professor of Economics
    London School of Economics and College de France
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Pat Akey

    Associate Professor of Finance
    University of Toronto
    Research Member
  • Franklin Allen

    Professor of Finance and Economics
    Imperial College Business School, Brevan Howard Centre
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Ian Appel

    Associate Professor
    University of Virginia (Darden)
    Research Member
  • Jennifer Arlen

    Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law
    New York University School of Law
    Research Member
  • John Armour

    Professor of Law and Finance
    University of Oxford, Faculty of Law
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Emilios Avgouleas

    Chair in International Banking Law & Finance School of Law, University of Edinburgh
    University of Edinburgh
    Research Member
  • Dan Awrey

    Professor of Law
    Cornell Law School
    Research Member
  • Ulf Axelson

    Abraaj Capital Reader in Finance and Private Equity
    London School of Economics and Political Science
    Research Member
  • José Azar

    Professor of Economics
    IESE Business School, University of Navarra
    Research Member
  • Ramin Baghai

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Stockholm School of Economics
    Research Member
  • Chong-En Bai

    Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor in Economics
    Tsinghua University
    Research Member
  • Michal Barzuza

    Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor of Business Law and Regulation
    UVA Law
    Research Member
  • Rob Bauer

    Professor of Finance (Chair Institutional Investors)
    Maastricht University / School of Business and Economics / Finance Department
    Research Member
  • Harald Baum

    Senior Research Fellow
    Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
    Research Member
  • Theodor Baums

    Director of the Institute for Law and Finance
    Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Lucian Bebchuk

    James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance
    Harvard Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Marco Becht

    Professor of Finance and the Goldschmidt Professor of Corporate Governance
    Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Bo Becker

    Cevian Capital Professor of Finance
    Stockholm School of Economics
    Research Member
  • Morten Bennedsen

    André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise
    Research Member
  • Erik Berglof

    Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA)
    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Marianne Bertrand

    Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor Of Economics
    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Magda Bianco

    Ufficio Diritto dell'economia
    Banca d'Italia
    Research Member
  • Bernard Black

    Nicholas J. Chabraja Professor
    Northwestern University Law School and Kellogg School of Management Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Margaret Blair

    Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise
    Vanderbilt University Law School
    Research Member
  • Patrick Bolton

    Professor of Finance and Economics
    Imperial College London
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Audra Boone

    Professor of Finance
    Texas Christian University
    Research Member
  • Richard Booth

    Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law
    Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
    Research Member
  • Laura Bottazzi

    Bologna University, CEPR and IGIER-Bocconi
    Research Member
  • Christa H.S. Bouwman

    Associate Professor of Finance, Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor of Finance, and Acting Head of the Department of Finance at Mays Business School
    Texas A&M University and Wharton Financial Institutions Center
    Research Member
  • Fabio Braggion

    Professor of Finance and Financial History
    Tilburg University
    Research Member
  • William Bratton

    Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law Emeritus
    University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    Research Member
  • Alon Brav

    Bratton Family Distinguished Professor
    Fuqua School of Business
    Research Member
  • Christopher Bruner

    Stembler Family Distinguished Professor in Business Law
    University of Georgia School of Law
    Research Member
  • Valentina Bruno

    Professor of Finance
    American University, Kogod School of Business, Washington DC
    Research Member
  • Ryan Bubb

    Professor of Law
    NYU School of Law
    Research Member
  • Mike Burkart

    Professor of Finance
    London School of Economics and Political Science
    Fellow, Research Member

ECGI is a vibrant network of governance experts. Listen to what some of them say about being part of the ECGI community.

How can I apply to become a member?

You can apply directly here using our easy application form. If you would like more information about the categories of membership and associated benefits, you can visit our becoming a member page.

Do I need to be nominated to become a member?

No. It is possible to apply for each category without being nominated. However, there is a difference between academic membership and research membership. You can sign up for academic membership today, but applications for research membership are only received every two years. Learn more about the differences in membership categories here.

How can I reinstate my lapsed membership?

We are happy to help you to reactivate your membership. Please send a request by email to

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