Finance, Property, Technology and the Economy Conference

2nd – 3rd December, 2019

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


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 included research papers on the various areas of finance being influenced by the introduction of new technological innovations.

These included asset pricing, corporate finance, market microstructure, capital markets, financial inclusion, property markets, international finance and behavioural finance.

Featured Keynote speakers and distinguished scholars (in no particular order) included:

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance at the University of Queensland Business School and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Pacific-Basin Finance Journal and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including Abacus and Australian Journal of Management. He has published extensively in empirical research and secured 14 Australian Research Council grants.

Tom Smith is the Professor and head of applied finance department of Macquarie University. Tom is widely published in the areas of Environmental Finance, Asset Pricing Theory and Tests, Design of Markets – Market Microstructure, and Derivatives. He is currently the editor of the Accounting and Finance Journal.

Talis Putnins is a Professor in the Finance Discipline Group at University of Technology, Sydney and a member of the Quantitative Finance Research Centre. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, and Experimental Economics.

Ramkishen S. Rajan is Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has been a Visiting Fellow at various regional research institutes such as Asian Development Bank Institute, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research He has been a consultant with the APEC Secretariat, Asian Development Bank, Development Bank of Singapore, UN-ESCAP and the World Bank and has published widely in the areas of Asian monetary and financial regionalism, Exchange rate regimes and effects, Financial development and financing for development, Foreign direct investment and other financial flows.

ONG Seow Eng is Professor of real estate finance, National University of Singapore and sits on the editorial board of nine international real estate journals such as the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Journal of Property Research and Journal of Housing Research, and serves as ad-hoc reviewer for Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Financial Management and Urban Studies.

Chyi Lin Lee is an Associate Professor of property at the University of New South Wales. His research has been published in leading property journals such as the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Housing Studies, Habitat International, Accounting and Finance, International Journal of Strategic Property Management, and the Journal of Property Investment and Finance.

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DATTA, Sancharita

GARGANO, Antonio

KANG, Sanghoon
KEBEDE, Jeleta
KUMAR, Mohit
LEE, Adrian
RAHIM, Ruzita
RAJAN, Kishen
ROCA, Eduardo
SAPKOTA, Niranjan 
SAPKOTA, Niranjan #2
SHAZIA, Farhan
SHEN, Nell
YANG, Chengyu
ZHANG, Yongmin


The Financial Inclusion Landscape in Asia and Beyond: Understanding the Economic Impacts of Financial Inclusion and Financial Policy

30th – 31st May, 2019

Manasseh Meyer Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore


Financial inclusion has become a highly important policy issue for Asian economies and its implications are many and varied. For some economies, financial inclusion involves the establishment of basic banking services such as ATMs or bank accounts to poor, or rural communities. For others, financial inclusion is achieved through the provision of digital finance platforms and financial technologies, or through financial literacy programs. While there have been some efforts at measurement of financial inclusion, and of assessing the determinants of financial inclusion, relatively little attention has been given to the economic effects of financial inclusion, or on whether financial inclusion might occur in levels, or stages, where the completion of one stage facilitates the progression through to other stages. 

This workshop is presented by the National University of Singapore, the University of South Australia, and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. It brings together researchers from universities, think tanks and policy institutions from around Asia and the Pacific to present and discuss topics pertaining to the measurement of financial inclusion, and the impacts of financial inclusion on macroeconomic and development outcomes such as health, gender, income inequality and macroeconomic volatility.  The impact of financial policies that support financial inclusion are also examined. The workshop will also feature a policy round-table on the lessons from expanding financial inclusion in developing countries. 


Thursday 30th May and Friday 31st May


30th May: 08:30 to 17:30

31st May 09:00  to 16:20


Seminar Room 2-1, Manasseh Meyer Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

NUS Bukit Timah Campus, 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772


Gaddafi (Gaddafi@nus.edu.sg / +65 9388 4542)


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Australia-China Forum on Trade and Labour Market: Gender Balance

14-15 February 2019

University of South Australia, Adelaide

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While influences of international trade and foreign investment on the labour market have been well documented, divergent opinions towards migration and trade wars initiated by the United States in the name of bringing jobs back to America are a timely reminder that a more nuanced examination on this matter is needed. In particular, the recent rise of populism suggests that many are worse off as a result of globalisation.

Along with globalisation, there is ongoing concern about gender equality in the labour market. Even though women have exceeded men in education attainment in China and Australia since the early 2000s, the gender pay gap persists and women are still under-represented at the senior level in various organisations. The conversation on gender equality will not be complete without considering the implication of trade and FDI. Research on the impact of a globalised market on women’s rights and gender balance is far from concluded.

With financial support from the Australia China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the implications of trade and FDI on labour markets in Australia and China—two close trade partners in the Asia-Pacific area. With the aim of opening a dialogue on how different groups are affected in the labour market, the forum will allow stakeholders to exchange ideas and demonstrate how to ride the waves of globalisation to promote labour force diversity and participation, while being cautious of the negative impact of international trade and cross-border investment on local workforce.

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4–5 December, 2018

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

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Political factors have gained increasing importance to corporate financial managers and investors. Recent events such as Brexit, the election of President Trump, and events in the Asia-pacific have further increased uncertainty in financial markets and corporate financing.

The Centre for Applied Finance and Economics (CAFE) of the University of South Australia is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a Conference on the theme “Politics, Stock Markets and the Economy”.

CAFE invites finance scholars, practitioners and research students to participate. The conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners and regulators to present and showcase cutting-edge research in the fields of finance, accounting and economics related to the conference theme. There will be three types of presentations: high-quality research oriented by seasoned researchers; papers with a practitioner focus; and work done by emerging researchers (early career and doctoral students). The suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Brexit and its impact on financial markets, corporate financing, and investment activities
  • Potential trade wars and their impact on the flow of goods, capital flows, and financial markets
  • Uncertainty in government policies regarding sustainable investing and energy policy
  • Dramatic halt to the multi-year Chinese market performance
  • Impact of political factors on corporate investing and financing activities
  • Impact of political risk and policy uncertainty on stock markets

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

The affordability and reliability of Australia’s energy supply has become a dominating topic in politics, business and even at home barbeques. Rising retail and wholesale electricity prices; blackouts; load shedding; power plant closures; policy uncertainty and industry disruption have driven this national discourse.

The University of South Australia Business School, SA Power Networks and the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society joined forces to deliver a symposium which was held 6 February 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, in order to candidly discuss issues, solutions and opportunities. The forum was specifically designed for industry, policy makers and academics working in energy, and participants heard from leading international and national experts.

The presentations have been made available by the speakers and can be downloaded below:

The full program can be downloaded here.




Financial Development and Financial Inclusion Workshop


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CFA Ethics Seminar

The School of Commerce held an information session and CFA ethics seminar that was suitable for final year students.

Dr Kartick Gupta addressed ethics and professional standards, the CFA program and the scholarships that were offered by the CFA Institute. There were no assessment or cost for this seminar and it was a good opportunity to meet Dr Gupta and ask questions.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

    Venue: WL2-48, City West Campus

    Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

    Time: 10:30am-1:30pm

For further information please contact kartick.gupta@unisa.edu.au

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

The School of Commerce hosted 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 were doing. The focus was on PhD students working on international development, health and environmental economics topics. The presenters presented their work and allowed 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 was 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?


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How to use Eye Tracking in Experimental Research Workshop

Eye tracking is an effective tool to conduct cognitive based research required to facilitate specific experiments. It provides behavioural data collection and analysis framework to experimental Economics, Finance and Accounting research, and other areas such as Marketing. Using eye-tracking technology to measure eye movements, pupil dilation and point of gaze, we will be able to improve decision-making among analysts, investors, consumers and patients.

This facility will help us in the business school engage in wider range of multi-disciplinary research with a significant impact, which is aligned with UniSA Research and Innovation Strategic Plan.

The workshop ran by Tobii regional representative, Objective Eye Tracking in two days. In day one, eye tracking technology was introduced and related methods, scripts and outputs were reviewed. In day two, the focus was on hands-on training and running tests using case studies.

I4C Research Visit

On the 4th and 5th of  September, four I4C researchers visited The School of Commerce to help build research collaboration and provide an opportunity to identify ways in which their research can be supported.

The group from I4C researchers comprised of:

  • Dr Habtamu Tilahun Kassahun, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Flavio Freire Souza, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Aiste Ruseckaite, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Rachel Milte, Research Fellow


SIBER & ACAB 2017 Activity

Professor Susan Freeman

PwC Information Session

On the 25th of July 2017, Professor Susan Freeman presented on "Why is networking important in International Market Entry, Growth and Expansion?". Professor Freeman as invited as the Special Session Presenter, by the South Australian Government Trade Mission to Europe (September 2017) Information Session to industry, hosted by PwC, Adelaide.

External Review of the Department of International Business and Asian Studies - Griffith University

On the 3rd-6th of July, Professor Susan Freeman Chaired the External Review of the Department of International Business and Asian Stduies, at Griffith University, Brisbane. Professor Freeman was invited as the Chair of the external panel member for the 5 year full review of the Department. Professor Freeman and her panel are currently finalising their report which was presented in September.

Consortium for International Marketing Research (CIMaR) 2017 Conference

In June 20th-23rd 2017, Professor Susan Freeman presented at the Consortium for International Marketing Research (CIMaR) 2017 Conference in Florence, Italy. Professor Freeman presented two of the following research topics:

- "Investigating the firm micro-foundations of rapid industry internationalization"

- Recognition of Legitimacy needs by Emerging Market - Early Internationalisers in Developed Markets"


Dr Ryan Tang

Dr Ryan Tang attended the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management which was held in Georgia, Atlanta, USA, 4- 8 August, 2017. At the ‘HKUST Best Global Strategy Paper session’ he presented his Research Presentation on ‘Rapid FDI expansion: Home government’s governance, involvement and foreign relationship’. At the ‘Managing across Different Legal and Political Environments’ session Ryan presented a co-authored paper with Youngshin Woo & Dirk Boehe titled ‘Domestic political connections and FDI: How does home country government matter?’. Dr Ryan Tang also chaired the ‘Issues of Foreign Direct Investment’ session at the meeting.

Dr Ryan Tang attended a joint seminar by the Centre for International Business Education & Research and the Institute of International Business, at the J Mark Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, 9 August, 2017. Ryan presented a Research Presentation titled “Fly with the wind: Rapid FDI Expansion through the evolution of home-government effects”.



2016 Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference

The 2016 Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets conference was an interdisciplinary conference and a unique event on the Australian Finance research events circuit. It bought together finance scholars and industry practitioners, showcasing state-of-the-art research, theoretical, empirical and experimental papers. It was the only Finance research event in South Australia in 2016 and the reputable international journal ‘Pacific-Basin Journal of Finance’ (ABDC – ranked A) offered a special issue ‘Market Microstructure’ based on solicited papers that were presented at the conference.

In 2016, the conference featured a unique Finance Industry forum that opened a discussion about the role of digital technology in Financial markets and automated robotic advice with gurus in the industry from Melbourne and Sydney - Joseph Barbara (Senior Manager at ASIC), Mark Fordree (CEO at Ignition Wealth), Kingsley Jones (CEO at Jevons Global), and Rick Klink (CEO at OpenMarkets). The panel was titled ‘Innovations, Financial Robo Advice - Current Trends and Implications for Financial Literacy’. The conference also featured a keynote speaker representing the Finance Industry, Simon Russell (CEO of Behavioural Finance Australia), who deliberated on ‘The Gaps between Behavioural Finance Research and Application’. The keynote speakers were the internationally distinguished Prof. Tarun Chordia (Emory University, US), who addressed ‘Do High Frequency Traders Need to be Regulated? Evidence from Trading on Macroeconomic Announcements’, and Prof. Peter Bossaerts (University of Melbourne) who spoke about ‘Robot Trading: Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experimental Research’. The rest of the conference program showcased 17 peer-reviewed papers by outstanding internationally recognised scholars as well as PhD students from Australian universities.