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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

  • Luca Enriques

    Professor of Corporate Law
    University of Oxford
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Isil Erel

    David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance
    Ohio State University
    Research Member
  • Mara Faccio

    Tom and Patty Hefner Chair in Finance & Professor of Management
    Purdue University - Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business
    Research Member
  • Ruediger Fahlenbrach

    Full Professor
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Swiss Finance Institute
    Research Member
  • Eilis Ferran

    Professor of Company and Securities Law
    University of Cambridge Law Faculty and Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL)
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Guido Ferrarini

    Professor of Business Law and Capital Markets Law
    University of Genoa
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Daniel Ferreira

    Professor of Finance
    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Allen Ferrell

    Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law
    Harvard Law School
    Research Member
  • Fabrizio Ferri

    Professor of Financial and Managerial Accounting
    University of Miami
    Research Member
  • Eliezer Fich

    Trustee Professor of Finance
    Drexel University
    Research Member
  • Laura Field

    Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance
    University of Delaware
    Research Member
  • Jill Fisch

    Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Research Member
  • Caroline Flammer

    A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics
    Columbia University
    Research Member
  • Holger Fleischer

    Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
    Research Member
  • Cristie Ford

    University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law
    Research Member
  • Vyacheslav Fos

    Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow
    Boston College
    Research Member
  • Merritt Fox

    Arthur Levitt Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
    Research Member
  • Julian Franks

    Professor of Finance
    London Business School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Paolo Fulghieri

    Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor of Finance
    University of North Carolina
    Research Member
  • Xavier Gabaix

    Pershing Square professor of economics and finance
    Harvard University
    Research Member
  • Nickolay Gantchev

    Professor of Finance
    University of Warwick, Warwick Business School
    Research Member
  • Beatriz Garcia Osma

    Professor of Accounting and Financial Economics
    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    Research Member
  • Thomas Gehrig

    Chair of Finance and Corporate Governance
    University of Vienna
    Research Member
  • Martin Gelter

    Professor of Law
    Fordham University School of Law
    Research Member
  • Ronald Gilson

    Charles J. Meyers Professor of Law and Business
    Columbia Law School & Stanford Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Paolo Giudici

    Professor of Business Law
    Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
    Research Member
  • Eitan Goldman

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    Research Member
  • Andrey Golubov

    Associate Professor of Finance
    University of Toronto
    Research Member
  • Paul Gompers

    Professor of Business Administration and Director of Research
    Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Jeffrey Gordon

    Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
    Columbia Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Todd Gormley

    Professor of Finance
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Research Member
  • Zohar Goshen

    Jerome L. Greene Professor of Transactional Law
    Columbia Law School
    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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