A Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Control at HEC Lausanne (UNIL), Gaia Melloni was awarded the highly competitive research fellowship last December.
The research fellowship from the Sandoz Family Philanthropic Foundation (FPFS)-Monique de Meuron programme fostering up-and-coming academics is awarded once a year to an assistant professor designated by each of the universities in French-speaking Switzerland, and given to the best candidate in human sciences following an examination by an ad hoc committee of experts.
UNIL and HEC Lausanne put Prof. Gaia Melloni forward for the FPFS award for the societal impact of both her research and teaching projects on corporate sustainability. Having been chosen as the 2020 winner last December, the funding will be available to her from 1 September 2021 and can be used for two years and it is renewable for a maximum further two years.
The fellowship will support her research projects in the field of sustainability accounting and the incorporation of social and environmental information into traditional financial reports and communications. The specific research programme that Prof. Gaia Melloni was awarded by the Sandoz Family Foundation – Monique de Meuron programme is on the approaches to accounting such as integrated reporting, that make possible to track organisations’ financial performance alongside their environmental and societal impacts. A second main area of investigation will explore whether businesses that have adopted sustainable behaviours have been more resilient during the Covid-19 crisis.
“I am very honoured and excited to have received this grant. Honoured for the recognition of the relevance of my academic activities, and excited to continue my work thanks to the precious resources made available to me by the Sandoz Foundation,” comments Prof. Gaia Melloni.
HEC Lausanne congratulates her on the award!