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Simon Taylor and Elroy Dimson win Research Impact Awards

Dr Simon Taylor and Professor Elroy Dimson of Cambridge Judge are honoured with the School’s 2017 Sandra Dawson Research Impact Award.

Research Impact Award

Dr Simon Taylor

Dr Simon Taylor

Dr Simon Taylor and Professor Elroy Dimson of Cambridge Judge Business School have been named winners of the 2017 Sandra Dawson Research Impact Award for the impact of their research on non-academic stakeholders.

Simon, Director of the Master of Finance Programme at Cambridge Judge, was honoured for his research on “An analytical history of nuclear power in the UK” – which has helped the government, analysts, investors and the general public learn about Britain’s experience with nuclear power.

His recent book – The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power in Britain – has “informed policy makers, investors and economists, and has therefore had extensive impact,” Cambridge Judge Dean, Professor Christoph Loch, said in announcing the awards.

Professor Elroy Dimson

Professor Elroy Dimson

Elroy, Chairman of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge Judge, was honoured for his research on “Active Ownership” – a research paper that documented the gains from engaging with investee companies on environmental and social issues.

“It is widely acknowledged by practitioners and policy makers that a serious gap exists in the knowledge of the impact of responsible investing activities on real portfolio value,” said Professor Loch. “This paper is one of the very few pieces of empirical research that focuses on this area. Its impact on investment policy and practice has been widespread.”

The annual Cambridge Judge Research Impact Award is funded by a generous donation from Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, former Director of the School. Winners are chosen based on reach (the extent and diversity of the organisations which have benefited from the research) and significance (the degree to which the impact has influenced or changed the policies, opportunities, perspectives or practice of non-academic organisations).