Higher Degree Economics Student Research in International Development, Health and Environment

The School of Commerce is proud to host a half-day research symposium to feature the innovative and high quality applied economics research that graduate students from the University of South Australia and University of Adelaide are doing. The focus in on PhD students working on international development, health and environmental economics topics. The presenters will present their work and allow enough time to receive valuable inputs from our academic and non-academic attendees.


19th of October 2017


10:30am – 1:30pm


WL2-47 (Level 2, Room 47, Way Lee Building) City West   [campus map]

Lunch will be provided at 12:00pm

Please find below the seminar presenters and the titles of their projects:

  • 10.30am - Admasu Asfaw Maruta: PhD Student, University of South Australia

Title: Sectorial Aid, Institutional Quality, and Growth

  • 11.00am - Clifford Afoakwah: PhD Student, University of South Australia

Title: Opportunity Cost and Post-primary Schooling in Ghana: A Gender Perspective

  • 11.30am - John Kandulu: PhD Student, University of Adelaide

Title:  The inadvertent effect of microfinance on girls’ household education investment

  • 12.30pm - Claire Settre: PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide, Global Food and Resource Studies

Title:  Strategic opportunity for water management working in carbon and water markets

  • 1.00pm - Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa: PhD Student, University of South Australia

Title: Quality of life measures for adolescents:  Does study population and proxy-assessment have an effect on the latent constructs?


Further Details Can Be Found Here

Financial Development and Financial Inclusion Workshop

The issue of financial development and financial inclusion remains a highly topical one for emerging and developing economies. Access to even basic banking and financial services for both households and firms for developing economies still lags significantly behind industrial countries.  The benefits for greater financial inclusion can be seen from a number of different perspectives; it can allow households to smooth consumption over time thus allowing them to save to accommodate future income shocks, it can allow households to save for possible future health expenditure and for greater education opportunities for children. Financial intermediary development can result in smaller firms are able to better access capital. Greater usage of banks by firms and households can also increase the effectiveness of monetary policy transmission. 

This workshop brings together researchers from academic Institutions, think-tanks and policy institutions to present and discuss topics pertaining to financial development, financial inclusion and financial integration – with a particular focus on emerging and developing economies. 

The workshop will be held in Adelaide, Australia on December 1st and 2nd at the University of South Australia (UniSA) City West Campus. 

RSVP your attendance to CMR-Research@unisa.edu.au by 10th of November 2017.


Date: 1st and 2nd of December 2017


   1st of December 2017: 8.30am -5.20pm

   2nd of December 2017: 9.30am - 12:30pm


   1st of December 2017: GK5-15 (Sir George Kingston Building, Level 5, Room 15)

   2nd of December 2017: H6-03 (Hawke Building, Level 6, Room 3)


For any further information and enquiries please contact Tony Cavoli on tony.cavoli@unisa.edu.au OR Jon Lontos on CMR-Research@unisa.edu.au & jon.lontos@unisa.edu.au or phone +61 8 830 20457

Register Here



Renewables, Affordability and Reliability: What is the Future of Energy in Australia?

Early this year the Federal Government declared that Australia was in the midst of an energy crisis. With recent blackouts in South Australia and closure of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria, there is considerable concern around affordability and reliability of energy supply in Australia. Important questions need to be addressed here are:

  • What is the role of renewables?
  • How to secure the supply of electricity in future?
  • Are conventional sources of generation more reliable than renewables?
  • Are the institutional arrangements and oversight of the electricity market effective and are they efficient?
  • What are the immediate and longer term ‘solutions’?

These questions are particularly salient in South Australia, where the State Government has initiated an Energy Plan to try to ensure supply.

The University of South Australia Business School, SA Power Networks and the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society have joined forces to create a symposium to candidly discuss the issues.

The forum is specifically for industry, policy makers and academics working in energy.

Participants will hear from leading international and national experts, with a strong focus on solutions to the current energy problems in Australia.

To register your interest, please click on the following link: XXXX.

Event Details


Wednesday, 7 February 2018


10:30am – 5:00pm


Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000   [ view   map ]


Dr Rajabrata Banerjee rajabrata.banerjee@unisa.edu.au



Policy and payment for ecosystem services in land and water: Australian and global perspectives

Date: November 1Oth,

Sponsors: University of South Australia, Centre for Sustainability, Adelaide;

South Australian Branch of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Location: Adelaide CBD, venue TBA

About the symposium

Widespread interest in the services provided to humans by ecosystems is stimulating discussion about the incentives required to secure such services – usually called payments for ecosystem services (PES). This is a pre-announcement for a symposium bringing together local and international expertise in PES to discuss practical challenges and state of the art research in PES policy design and implementation. The one day symposium to be held on November 10th, 2017 will be of interest to regulators, public agencies and academics working in related areas.

Confirmed speakers and themes:

1) The practical challenges of PES globally will be one focus with an overview talk on global PES initiatives related to UN land degradation neutrality (LDN) goals will be delivered by Dr. Neville Crossman, University of Adelaide, Earth and Environmental Sciences and consultant to the United Nations. Three Keynote speakers from the Beijing Normal University and Brett Bryan (Deakin University Professor of Global Change, Environment and Society) will present on success and challenges in delivering the $26 billion Chinese government financed PES in the 11th and 12th five year plans (world’s largest PES ) to deal with land use change ecosystem, social and economic impacts.

2) Challenges of realising good PES outcomes in Australia will be a second focus including an overview of success and challenges with Australia’s largest PES, the Emissions Reduction Fund auction for land sequestration based carbon abatement (Connor). Additional presentation planned so far include an SA Government overview of South Australia’s ambition for carbon neutrality by 2050 and the policy and incentive challenges (Manson); a talk on past experience with reforestation payment schemes in South Australia (O’Connor) and on potential for novel carbon supply financing through water markets to buy water for inundation to enhance floodplain carbon storage (Settre)

Cross-cutting thematic talks already planned include: international (Blue Nile, Egypt – Dr. Kassahun) and Australian (Yarra River, Melbourne) case studies on understanding and matching supply and demand attributes in PES and a presentation on globally applicable methods to assess ecosystem service supply sensitivity to global uncertainties and poorly understood science and economic parameters (Lei GAO, CSIRO).

Research Seminars

The Centre for Applied Finance and Economics Seminars provide an opportunity for national and international colleagues to present their work, as well as engage in directed discussions about ongoing research projects and the research agenda of the school as a whole.

Our seminars are also an opportunity for our academic staff and research degree students to present their research in progress.

If you are interested in attending or presenting a seminar, please contact us at cafe@unisa.edu.au