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finance, property, technology AND THE ECONOMY Conference



2–3 December, 2019


University of South Australia, City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia.

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The pace at which technology is affecting global markets is both rapid and accelerating. Rapid technological changes are impacting governments, policy makers and investors with greater frequency in an increasingly interconnected world. FinTech has been recognised as a major disruptor in major financial markets.  Within the broad theme of “Finance, property, technology and the economy”, the conference will include research papers on the various areas of finance being influenced by the introduction of new technological innovations. These include asset pricing, corporate finance, market microstructure, capital markets, financial inclusion, property markets, international finance and behavioural finance.

The conference will emphasise three major themes. In recent years, technological innovation has transformed the financial services industry at a rapid pace, and further disruption of the traditional financial sector is envisaged. Therefore, the first theme will feature papers offering different perspectives regarding “Technological Disruption in the Financial Industry”.

We welcome academic research and practitioner-oriented papers on the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Blockchain applications in finance
  • P2P lending
  • FinTech in Mortgage lending
  • Crowdfunding
  • FinTech in Credit scoring
  • FinTech in Financial Analysis / Advising
  • Machine learning/ Artificial Intelligence applications in Finance
  • Textual analysis applications in finance
  • Robo Advice
  • Technological disruptions in the property sector

In addition to FinTech papers, there will be limited sessions featuring high quality finance papers NOT falling in the purview of FinTech. Further, there will be three practitioner forums focussing on the following themes: “Current Developments and Challenges Facing the FinTech Sector”, “Asset Management in a Changing Global Environment” and “Recent Developments in PropTech”.

The second theme is “Current Developments in Financial Inclusion and Literacy”.  Financial inclusion has become a highly important issue for emerging and developing economies.  For some economies, financial inclusion pertains mainly to the establishment of basic banking services such as ATMs or bank accounts to poor, or rural communities. For others, financial inclusion is best captured through the provision of fintech and digital finance platforms, or through financial literacy programs. The conference will focus on issues surrounding the effective measurement of financial inclusion and the effects of financial inclusion. We welcome papers in all areas of financial inclusion and literacy including (but not limited to):

  • determinants of financial inclusion 
  • effective measurement of financial inclusion
  • economic (and development) effects of financial inclusion
  • role of technology in promoting financial inclusion
  • efficacy of financial literacy programs
  • relationship of financial inclusion to financial development
  • financial inclusion and financial stability/financial interconnections
  • role of monetary and financial policies in affecting financial inclusion
  • macroprudential regulation and financial inclusion.   

The third conference theme will focus on issues surrounding ‘PropTech’ and the impact of technology on the property industry. The property industry is very traditional and makes long-term business plans and strategies. Consequently, the property sector lags in innovation compared to other industries. However, many entrepreneurs are now keen to disrupt long standing property market systems. In recent years, there has been growing interest from industry and academics in exploring the impact of technology on the performance enhancement of various property business models. ‘PropTech’ is now a buzzword in the property industry and as academic research area. We welcome academic research and practitioner-oriented papers on the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Blockchain in the property industry
  • Fractional ownership and equity crowdfunding in property
  • PropTech in the property development / management / agency
  • Big data, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence in property
  • Entrepreneurship in property
  • Smart contracts and property
  • Shared economy models in the property industry
  • PropTech impacts on market efficiency
  • PropTech in property funds, portfolio management and performance analysis
  • Technology and innovation in Property

SHARK TANK PITCH Event and Publication Potential

This year, as a new initiative, the conference is holding a Shark Tank pitch event inviting research teams to pitch a brand new research idea to a panel of research “shark” editors (Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Accounting and Finance confirmed). While any finance topic is eligible, in line with conference themes FinTech-related pitches will be given preference. The shark tank event has two main elements: (I) written 2-page pitch (based on Faff’s (2018, SSRN: ID 2462059) “pitching research” framework); (II) oral pitch presentation (based on the written pitch) to a “shark panel” at a dedicated session in the conference. After each pitch, each shark editor will give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”. Ultimately, subject to an agreed offer by one of the shark editors, pitches presented at the SHARK TANK PITCH event will be invited to execute the research project and publish the resultant completed paper in a future issue of the “winning” shark’s journal (following a review process). Please address your queries regarding the shark tank pitch event to

CFA ARX Best Paper Award ($1,000)

The best paper that is relevant to the Asia-Pacific region and/or of significant to finance practitioners will be awarded the CFA ARX award.

In addition to submitting papers through e-mail to, applicants must upload papers to the CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange website - to be eligible for the ARX Best Paper Award. 

Submitting papers to ARX

1. Create an account on ARX:

 2. Submit a paper using this page:

  • Choose the “Original Research Item” option.
  • When entering the title of the article, please append: [UniSA 2019]  
  • Make sure you upload a PDF of the article, rather than linking to an outside source.
  • The “Introduction” should be very brief, up to 240 characters.
  • The abstract should be in the “Abstract” field.

Submission Guidelines

Papers must be submitted by email to by 1 October 2019.
Submissions should include two versions of the paper in pdf format, as follows:
i. A full paper with authors’ names. The title page must include the presentation title, authors’ names, a short abstract of about 100 words, and the presenting author's name, title, affiliation and email address, with the affiliation of all additional co-authors.
ii. A full paper without authors’ names.

Submissions to the Shark Pitch Event must indicate this on the title page. 

Conference Advisors:

Douglas Cumming, Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance

Ghon Rhee, Founding Editor, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

Iftekhar Hasan, Fordham University, Managing Editor, Journal of Financial Stability

Paresh Narayan, Editor, Economic Modelling / Energy Economics

Raghavendra Rau (Cambridge University, UK)

Robert Faff, Editor, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

Tarun Chordia, Editor, Journal of Financial Markets

Tom Smith, Editor, Accounting and Finance (Journal)

Program Committee:

Bala Balachandran (La Trobe University), Rajabrata Banerjee (UniSA), Henk Berkman (University of Auckland), Tony Cavoli (UniSA),Adrian Cheung (Flinders University), Shiao-Lan Chou (UniSA), Simon Cottrell (UniSA), Sinclair Davidson (RMIT University), Huu Duong (Monash University), Robert Durand (Curtin University), Kartick Gupta (UniSA), Robert Elliott (UniSA), Seow Eng Ong  (National University of Singapore), Janice How (Queensland University of Technology), Asjeet Lamba (University of Melbourne), Chyi Lin Lee (Western Sydney University), Braam Lowies (UniSA), Ron McIver (UniSA), David Parker (UniSA), Jerry Parwada (University of New South Wales), Talis Putnins (University of Technology Sydney), Ramkishen Rajan (National University of Singapore), George Shan (University of Western Australia), Harminder Singh (Deakin University), Silvio Vismara (University of Bergamo, Italy), Alireza Tourani- Rad (Auckland University of Technology), Gary Tian (Macquarie University), Peter Verhoeven (Queensland University of Technology ), Damien Wallace (UniSA), Joakim Westerholm (University of Sydney), Lei Xu (UniSA), Joakim Westerholm (University of Sydney), Guodong Yuan (UniSA), Alfred Yawson (University of Adelaide), Takeshi Yamada (Australian National University), and Hao Zhou (UniSA).

Key Dates

Closing date for paper submissions 1 October 2019
Notification of acceptance 15 October 2019
Early registration deadline for accepted authors 1 November 2019