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 to be held in 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 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.  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 our website. 


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Preparing to make a Submission (Guidelines) 204KB PDF
How to Make a Poster Using Powerpoint 244KB PDF

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.

Keynote Speakers:  To be Confirmed

Plenary Panels

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

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

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