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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

  • Øyvind Bøhren

    Professor Emeritus of Finance
    Norwegian Business School (BI)
    Research Member
  • Anthony Casey

    Donald M. Ephraim Professor of Law and Economics
    The University of Chicago Law School
    Research Member
  • Giacinta Cestone

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)
    Research Member
  • Salim Chahine

    Professor of Finance
    American University of Beirut
    Research Member
  • Brian Cheffins

    S J Berwin Professor of Corporate Law
    Faculty of Law, Cambridge University
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Hse-Yu Iris Chiu

    Professor of Corporate Law and Financial Regulation
    University College London - Faculty of Laws
    Research Member
  • Albert H. Choi

    Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law
    University of Michigan
    Research Member
  • Stephen Choi

    Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business
    New York University Law School
    Research Member
  • Stijn Claessens

    Head of Financial Stability Policy
    Bank for International Settlements
    Research Member
  • John Coates

    John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession
    Harvard Law School / Harvard Business School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • John Coffee

    Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Alma Cohen

    Professor of Empirical Practice
    Harvard Law School
    Research Member
  • Pierre-Henri Conac

    Professor of Commercial and Company Law
    Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, University of Luxembourg
    Research Member
  • Francesca Cornelli

    Professor of Finance and Director of Private Equity
    London Business School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Martijn Cremers

    Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance
    University of Notre Dame
    Research Member
  • Douglas Cumming

    DeSantis Distinguished Professor
    Florida Atlantic University
    Research Member
  • Vicente Cuñat

    Associate Professor
    Department of Finance, London School of Economics
    Research Member
  • Quinn Curtis

    The Honorable Albert V. Bryan Jr. ’50 Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
    University of Virginia School of Law
    Research Member
  • Claudia Custodio

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Imperial College Business School
    Research Member
  • Marco Da Rin

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Tilburg University
    Research Member
  • Robert Daines

    Pritzker Professor of Law and Business
    Stanford Law School
    Research Member
  • Jens Dammann

    Professor in Law
    The University of Texas School of Law
    Research Member
  • Sudipto Dasgupta

    Professor, Department of Finance,
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Research Member
  • Paul Davies

    Emeritus Professor of Corporate Law; Senior Research Fellow
    University of Oxford
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Abe de Jong

    Professor of Corporate Finance
    University of Groningen & Monash University
    Research Member
  • Simon Deakin

    Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Business Research
    University of Cambridge
    Research Member
  • Mark DeFond

    A.N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Associate Dean of Faculty
    University of Southern California
    Research Member
  • Diane Del Guercio

    Gerry and Marilyn Cameron Professor of Finance
    University of Oregon
    Research Member
  • Douglas Diamond

    Merton H. Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance
    Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Elroy Dimson

    Chairman, Centre for Endowment Asset Management; Research Director (Finance & Accounting), Judge Business School
    Cambridge University
    Research Member
  • Ingolf Dittmann

    Professor of Corporate Governance and Managerial Accounting
    Erasmus Research Institute of Management - ERIM
    Research Member
  • Miguel Duro

    Associate Professor
    IESE Business School
    Research Member
  • Alexander Dyck

    Professor of Finance and Economic Analysis
    University of Toronto
    Research Member
  • B. Espen Eckbo

    Tuck Centennial Professor of Finance
    Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
    Research Member
  • Florian Ederer

    Allen and Kelli Questrom Professor in Markets, Public Policy & Law
    Boston University
    Research Member
  • Alex Edmans

    Professor of Finance
    London Business School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Andrew Ellul

    Professor of Finance and Fred T. Greene Chair in Finance
    Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    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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