Young Finance Scholars Conference

Call for papers

Submission is open to young researchers working in all areas of finance, especially (but not limited to) PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers.


Main theme

The main theme for this year’s event is Commodity and Environmental Markets and it is associated with a special issue of The Journal of Commodity Markets

Conference submissions are encouraged by young scholars working in all areas of: Asset Pricing; Banking; Corporate Finance; Corporate Governance; Risk and Portfolio Management; Trading; Quantitative Finance. Awards will be presented to the best paper in each stream.

This year’s format will have the usual parallel sessions on different areas of finance research, but now spread over two days and interspersed with special sessions: ‘Ask the Editor’ Panel Discussion, Practitioner Round Tables and keynote talks on the main theme of the conference.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Derek Bunn – London Business School
  • Professor Rüdiger Kiesel – University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Professor Marcel Prokopczuk – Leibniz University, Hannover (TBC)
  • Professor Richard Tol – University of Sussex

Programme Committee

  • Professor Carol Alexander – University of Sussex
  • Professor Ephraim Clark – Middlesex University, London
  • Professor Sussane Espenlaub – University of Manchester
  • Professor Ranko Jelic – University of Sussex
  • Professor Nikos Nomikos – Cass Business School, London
  • Professor Mike Wright – Imperial College, London

Special Issue of Journal of Commodity Markets

This special issue will be edited by Carol Alexander and Michael Coulon, members of the Finance group at Sussex. It will bring together a collection of research papers on commodity markets with a young scholar as lead author.

A “young” scholar is defined not by age but in terms of job seniority, i.e. an academic such as a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher or probationary lecturer, or any other scholar without a tenured academic appointment. Each paper must have a young scholar as first-named and corresponding author. This way, the editors aim to instruct new talent about publishing academic papers through a rigorous and high-quality editorial process and provide an international showcase for their research.

The broad subject focus of this special issue covers all commodity categories (energy, agricultural, metals, freight, weather, emissions, etc.) but preference will be given to new developments in environmental markets, especially relating to sustainable growth of renewable energy sources. Note that preference will also be given to presentations at the 2017 Young Finance Scholar’s conference but this is not mandatory for submission to the special issue. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for submission of a paper or poster to the conference is 1 May 2017.
  • Scholars will be notified of acceptance by 12 May 2017.
  • Earlybird Registration deadline is 22 May 2017.

Papers/posters submission and registration procedure

Papers in PDF or (in the case of a poster presentation) a detailed outline of research in progress, should be emailed to Dr. Nikolaos Karouzakis at with the subject heading YFC_2017.

The registration fee is £50 (increasing to £75 after 22 May). This includes lunch but there is an additional cost of £40 for the conference dinner. Attending without a poster or presentation is also possible at the same rates. Places are limited and we encourage you to sign up soon.


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