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

The full program can be downloaded here

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


The Official Program can be found here:


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?


Further Details Can Be Found Here


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