The 30th PhD Conference in Economics and Business will be held at
the University of Melbourne from Wednesday 1 November to Friday 3 November 2017.
The conference program is available here (updated 30 Oct).
Information for all conference participants is available here.
Registration for the conference is now closed. Please email the conference organisers if you still wish to attend the conference.
About the Conference
The annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business offers advanced PhD students in the fields of Economics and Finance at Australian universities opportunities to present their research and receive comments from prominent scholars in the area.
The Conference has three distinct aims. Firstly, it provides PhD students in economics, business and related areas with an opportunity to present their work in front of a world-class group of students and academics. Secondly, the Conference brings together students and academics with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Finally, the Conference helps students and potential employers interact with each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
The conference was initiated in 1987 and is now a joint venture between the Australian National University, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia. The conference is co-funded by these universities.
In addition, we thank the following organisations for their support of this year's conference:
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
- Frontier Economics
- Productivity Commission
- Reserve Bank of Australia
We have negotiated a special rate for student presenters to book accommodation at Quest on Finlay, which is conveniently located within walking distance from the conference venue.
Student presenters are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
To book your accommodation for the conference, please email Daniel Fitt from Quest on Finlay. In your email, please mention that you are attending the PhD Conference in order to receive the special conference rate.
The conference sessions will be held in the FBE Building on the Parkville campus.
Street Address: 111 Barry Street, Carlton.
The conference venue has many public transport stops within walking distance.
Trams run along Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street, and both lines stop at Melbourne Central Station and Flinders Street Station.
The tram stops closest to the conference venue are Stop 9 (on Elizabeth Street) and Stop 3 (on Swanston Street).
There are also buses available to either the University of Melbourne such as Route 401 (North Melbourne to University of Melbourne), or the corner of Lygon and Faraday Street, which is two blocks from the University.
You may find the VicTrip website useful for planning journeys on Public Transport around Melbourne.
You must have a valid ticket when using public transport. This ticket is called a myki pass and can be used to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams, and buses. The myki pass is reusable, and you can purchase one at any one of the myki retail outlets. It is important to 'top up' your myki before your journey and then 'touch on and touch off' at a myki reader as you travel. If you do not have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport you may incur a fine. For more information, please visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
Taxis are available for booking or on request by calling Yellow Cabs 13 2227 or via Uber.
If you are driving to the campus, ticketed parking is available at various locations within the Parkville campus. Several other public car parks are also available within walking distance from the Parkville campus.
The University Square Car Park is the closest to the conference venue:
- Entry: Entrance at 244 Bouverie Street or 206 Berkeley Street (map).
- Hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am to 10:00pm.
- Availability: During the semester (weekdays), the car park fills up and closes to public parking normally around 9:00am - 9:30am.
- Fees and charges: $10 up to 4 hours; $20.00 all day; $8.00 after 5:00pm, Monday to Friday and weekends.
Melbourne is an international, multi-cultural city of five million people.
It has been consistently rated the most liveable city in the world since 2010 and has a renowned food, wine, and coffee culture.
Check out the official Visit Victoria website for the things you can do and see in Melbourne.
Things to See
- CBD: Iconic laneways, the Melbourne Museum, the NGV and other art galleries, the Victoria Markets.
- Parks and views: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Eureka Skydeck, Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens.
- Neighbourhoods to wander through: Carlton, Fitzroy, Southbank, St Kilda.
- Wine regions to explore: Mornington and Yarra Valley.
- Adventures further out: Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, Brighton Beach.
Places to Eat
(in the CBD / near the conference venue)
- Cafe Tre Sette (on campus)
- Seven Seeds cafe (on campus)
- Stovetop (on campus)
- D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar (Carlton / near campus)
- + 39 Pizzeria (CBD)
- Chin Chin (CBD)
- Cookie (CBD)
- CUMULUS INC. (CBD)
- Mamasita (CBD)
- MoVida (CBD)
- Pellegrini's Espresso Bar (CBD)
- Portello Rosso (CBD)
- Red Spice Road (CBD)