School of Economics and Finance


The School of Economics and Finance regularly participates in, or sponsors, National Conferences in our relevant disciplines.

Any upcoming conferences will be listed below.


Cooperative Research Conference 2014

Date: 20–22 November 2014

Time: 8.30 am

The Role of Cooperatives, Mutuals, and Trusts in Building Contemporary Sustainable Economies Conference will be held in Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington (Pipitea Campus) from Thursday, 20 November 2014 to Saturday, 22 November 2014. The conference is organised by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Cooperatives and Mutuals in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University and the University of Waikato. Anyone interested in cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts is welcome to attend the conference.

An opening "meet and greet" session with drinks and nibbles will take place on the evening of Thursday, 20 November 2014. The papers, posters and discussion sessions will be held on Friday, 21 November 2014 and continue on Saturday, 22 November 2014 in the morning. The conference dinner will take place on Friday Evening. 

Purpose: To gather academics and practitioners to discuss and present research on cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts; to identify and promote ongoing research on cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts; to further build a community of experts and interested parties for ongoing collaboration, dialogue and research on cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts in New Zealand and beyond.

Conference Themes:

  • Cooperatives as an alternative to state-owned enterprises
  • Community trusts and cooperatives as a form of community enterprise
  • Sustainability and cooperatives (environmental, social, etc) 
  • Ownership, capital structure and governance in cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts
  • Financial performance and sustainability
  • Do cooperative banks have a comparative advantage?
  • Any other topic of interest that aligns with the conference theme

Papers on other topics related to cooperatives, mutuals, and trusts are also welcome.

We also welcome proposal for complete sessions.

Submission of Papers: This is an invitation for papers, sessions, and posters to be presented at the conference. Potential participants are requested to submit an abstract (up to 500 words) of their conference paper by 1 September 2014 and should attach a short version of your CV. We recommend you review the submission guidelines (link to Submission Guidelines to below) before making your submission.


Click here to make your submission. All submissions are to be uploaded through this website.

DocumentFile SizeFile Type
Preparing to make a submission (Guidelines)240KBPDF
How to make a Poster using Powerpoint244KBPDF

You will be informed by 1 October 2014 if your paper has been accepted. We welcome submissions from graduate students.

Who can attend: Anyone who is interested, from academics to practitioners and both presenters and non-presenters.

HOW TO REGISTER: To Register for The Role of Cooperatives, Mutuals, and Trusts in Building Contemporary Sustainable Economies Conference Click Here


Full Conference Registration: $365.00

Full Conference Registration (Student): $300.00

Day Registration: $200.00

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (when registering)

The Rydges Hotel, Wellington - $185.00 per night

Kingsgate Hotel - $139.00 per night

Downtown Backpackers - $80.00/$90.00 per night


Will be held on Friday, 21 Night 2014 / Time: 6.00pm

Location: Shed 5, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Cost: $65.00 (drinks to be purchased separately)

All pricing in NZ Dollars (incl GST)


Keynote Speakers


Peter Hunt V2 Photo  

Peter Hunt

Chief Executive Officer, Mutuo, United Kingdom

Peter founded Mutuo in 2001 as the first cross-mutual sector body to promote mutual business to opinion formers and decision-makers. He led the Parliamentary teams which piloted four private members bills through the UK Parliament, working with all parties to update co-operative and mutual law and encouraging employee ownership. He led the Mutuo teams in major constitutional and governance reviews by the Co-operative Group and Nominet. He is a founder member of the management board of the Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned business, based at Kellogg College, Oxford University.

Since 2004, he has worked closely on a number of public sector structural reforms, including National Health Service foundation trusts, advising both Government and trust boards on the adoption of new membership structures. In 2011 he advised the Coalition Government on its plans to mutualise Post Office Ltd, and in 2012 published the report of the Ownership Commission, a two year study into corporate diversity. In 2013 Peter was appointed to lead a policy review for the UK Labour Party on increasing the role of mutuals in the financial sector and wider economy.

 Melina Morrison Coop Conf V2 2014 

Melina Morrison

Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), Australia

Melina was appointed inaugural CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in July 2013, following Australia’s successful 2012 International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) celebrations. From 2010-2013, Melina was Director of the secretariat that developed Australia’s programme of IYC activities.

Melina is a founding director of Social Business Australia, established in 2009 to increase recognition of the economic value of member-based business. For the last ten years, Melina has headed media campaigns for co-operative organisations, including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). In 2012, as a member of the ICA global media team for IYC, she helped develop the strategy for the global digital case study site Her communications experience has been utilised by the ICA most recently in developing a message platform for the ten year strategic plan, Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade. Melina is a also member of the Co-operative Research Group at the University of Sydney. 

 George Cheney V2 Photo

George Cheney

Adjunct Professor, University of Utah and Kent State University, USA and University of Waikato

George Cheney (PhD, Communication, Purdue University, 1985) is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and Kent State University, USA and the University of Waikato, New Zealand (where he has been associated since 1998).  He is also an Associate Investigator with the Ohio Employee Ownership Centre, Kent State University, Ohio, USA.  He has taught at several other universities in the USA, and has visited universities in Europe and Latin America.  George's research and teaching interests include identity, ethics, globalization, consumerism and peace, in addition to workplace democracy and economic solidarity.  Since 1992, he has closely followed the Mondragon cooperatives of the Basque Country, Spain.  Working solo or collaboratively, George has published ten books and more than 100 articles and chapters, including an award winning book on Mondragon (Values at Work, Cornell University Press, 1999, 2002) and a novel edited collection, The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organisation (with Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier and Chris Land, 2014).  George is currently working with several cooperatives groups in the USA and is conducting a several-year study of best practices in worker co-ops that will contribute to the development of a research-based and practical guide to employee ownership.


Plenary Panels

  1. Cooperatives as alternative to state-owned enterprises
  2. Are cooperatives better for consumers/producers than investor-owned firms?

Conference Committee Members

Morris Altman, Victoria University of Wellington

Girol Karacaoglu, The Treasury

Krishna Reddy, The University of Waikato

Elena Garnevska, Massey University

Richard Norman, Victoria University of Wellington

Diana Suggate, The Department of Internal Affairs

Ingrid Watts, Victoria University of Wellington

Further information regarding submissions, registration and updates to follow, please contact Ingrid Watts at

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Western Economic Association International Conference

Date: 8–11 January 2015

Time: 8.00 am

Venue: Pipitea Campus & Massey Campus


11th Pacific Conference (Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University)

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WEAI Call for Papers 169KB PDF

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