The 27th CESA Annual Conference at UoW, 12 – 14 July 2015

wollongongThe 27th Annual Conference of Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA)

Sunday 12 – Tuesday 14 July 2015
University of Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia

Sustainable development and capital markets: China’s role in the world economy

Over the past 30 years the Chinese economy has maintained remarkable growth at an average of nearly 9% per annum. China has become increasingly integrated into the world economy and has become a major player in world commodity production and global capital markets. The continuing development of its capital markets is essential to provide capital for sustainable development projects and China’s recent commitment to cap emissions. However, despite its impressive achievements, China has to encounter many serious challenges such as environmental pollution, shortage of energy, income inequality, aging population, financial and legal systems, global and domestic imbalances, international trade, capital markets and corporate governance.

Papers covering any of these areas plus other Chinese economic issues would be welcome. Because of its significant impact on the world economy, the sustainable development of the Chinese economy and capital markets has become a critical concern of scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs worldwide. This conference invites all papers that address any of the above issues, regardless of academic discipline.

The CESA 27th Annual Conference is being organized by members of the Chinese Commerce Research Centre and proudly hosted by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, the Faculty of Business and the University of Wollongong, with support and assistance from China Update and Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU). University of Wollongong is located in Wollongong City, a south- east coastal city of Australia. Wollongong is a major satellite city of Sydney, within 80 kilometre distance and the ninth largest city in Australia. By attending this conference, you will be able to visit the world-class attractions in Sydney. You can also enjoy the typically relaxed lifestyle of Wollongong and view the Australian wild geographical features of forest, ocean and hills in and around Wollongong and on the way from Sydney airport to Wollongong.

Key Dates:

  • March 31: abstracts of papers due (please email submissions in word files)
  • April 15: Emails of acceptance of conference papers sent
  • May 1: Conference online registration opens
  • June 1: Conference online registration closes
  • June 10: Full papers due
  • July 12: Conference on campus registration
  • July 13 – 14: Conference presentation etc.

Quality papers presented in this conference will be invited to publish at a special issue of the Journal of Asia Pacific Economy (Volume 21 Issue 3 in August 2016). This special issue is particular for the 27CESA annual conference with the guest editors Dr Shiguang Ma, Professor Brian Andrew and Professor Gary Tian.

Keynote speakers: 
Joseph Fan:  Professor of accounting and finance,  School of Accountancy and Department of Finance, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor, ANU College of Business and Economics, Australian National University.

Liqing Zhang: Professor of international economics; Dean of school of Finance and Director of Centre for International Finance Studies, Central University of Finance and Economics.

The conference will prize the best paper presented in this conference.

Registration Fees:
Member of CESA: A$300
Non-member of CESA: A$350
Students: A$200

Visa, Travel and Accommodation:
Visa, travel, accommodation and online registration information and assistance will be provided in due course.

Paper submission and conference inquiries to:

Further conference information can be found at the conference websites:

Conference Organizers:
Dr Shiguang Ma (
Professor Brian Andrew (
Professor Gary Tian (
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business, the University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

President of CESA:
Dr Sizhong Sun (
School of Business, James Cook University, QLD 4814, Australia

The University of Wollongong is located in the City of Wollongong, which is a vibrant, multicultural city situated on one of Australia’s most picturesque coastlines. Regarded as Australia’s ‘most liveable’ regional city, Wollongong combines a relaxed, coastal atmosphere with cosmopolitan dining, shopping and culture.

Sitting beneath the spectacular Illawarra Escarpment on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the city is bordered by the Royal National Park to the north and Lake Illawarra to the south.

Wollongong is just 80km south of Sydney – about one hour from Sydney International Airport and 90 minutes by road or train from the centre of Sydney.

Wollongong is the primary city of the Illawarra region of New South Wales, and is Australia’s 9th largest city. More than 400,000 people live in the region. Historically, the city prospered through farming, fishing, coal mining and steel making. However, education, IT and telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism have emerged as the industries of the future.

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