Call for Papers - Ethical Finance and Governance in Emerging Markets Conference (ft Belt and Road Initiative)

This jointly hosted conference by Edinburgh Napier University Business School (UK) and the School of Finance of Shandong University of Finance and Economics (China) calls for research papers that would gather empirical evidence and critical evaluation on any form of ethical finance and governance practices in emerging financial markets. Submissions from multidisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged though not compulsory. We encourage empirical papers although purely theoretical and descriptive papers are also welcome.

The conference will feature guest speakers from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), industry practitioners and renowned scholars.

Start date and time

Wednesday 2 May 2018 9:00 AM

to Thursday 3 May 2018 5:00 PM

Event cost

Recurring financial crisis in the history of financial world reflects the incidence of market failure. Although the global financial crisis of 2007-2010 has consequently resulted in increased regulation of the financial markets, conventional approaches toward regulation are inadequate to restrain suboptimal behaviours. This has brought renewed attention to the need for ethics and governance to constrain socially undesirable conduct and practices within the financial markets. Ethics, if embrace effectively, will save the markets from socially disruptive behaviours that can potentially cause systemic instability.

Strengthening ethics and governance could not be more important in emerging or developing financial markets that are often characterised by weak enforcement of regulation. These markets are commonly regarded as less efficient due to infrastructural, political and other factors. Corruption scandals involving state actors, private contractors and financial institutions are not uncommon. It is unknown to what extent ethical finance is genuinely embraced in this setting and what governance challenges have emerged. Extending this discourse to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is particularly welcome given the emergence of BRI as a world-changing initiative involving more than sixty countries.   

Key Deadlines

Deadline for full manuscript/extended abstract submission: 9 February 2018

Invitations to the Conference sent to authors: 5 March 2018

Deadline for full manuscript submission (if applicable): 16 April 2018  

Conference date: 2-3 May 2018

Submission Instructions

Please email full manuscript/extended abstract to Professor Simon Gao: and Dr Marizah Minhat:

Submissions will be reviewed by Scientific Committee Members.

The list of Scientific Committee Members and Organising Committee Members are available for download below. 

Call for papers