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2019 Symposia

Methodology Symposium – Improving Research Methods in Accounting and Finance: What are the Editors Looking for?

Symposium Guest: Professor Tom Smith, Macquarie University

Thursday 23 May-Friday 24 May 2019

Tom Smith
Professor Tom Smith

Professor Tom Smith is one of the leading finance academics in Australia and has been ranked as the number one finance academic in Australia and New Zealand by both the Journal of Financial Literature and the Pacific Basin Finance Journal. 

Tom is the leading researcher in Environmental Finance, Asset Pricing Theory and Tests; Design of Markets – Market Microstructure; and Derivatives.

Tom has supervised over 50 PhD students to completion and his PhD students have over 50 tier 1 papers in their own names.

Professor Tom Smith profile

Accounting and Finance Symposium II – Pitching Accountancy and Finance Research

Symposium Guest: Professor Robert Faff, The University of Queensland

Thursday 12 September 2019

Robert Faff
Professor Robert Faff

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and formerly Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 14 Australian Research Council grants (funding exceeding $4 million); >310 refereed journal publications; career citations >12,800 (Google Scholar); and a h-index of 57 (Google Scholar).

His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised approximately 40 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations. Building on a 35-year academic career, his latest focus is "Pitching Research", now gaining great traction domestically and worldwide as exemplified by: (a) >13,600 SSRN downloads; (b) >300 pitching talks/events; (c) at 37 Australian universities; and (d) spanning 52 different countries.

In addition, Robert is Editor-in-Chief of Pacific-Basin Finance Journal; formerly: Editor of Accounting and Finance (2002-2011) and Associate Editor of several journals including Abacus and Australian Journal of Management.

Professor Robert Faff profile