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Pre-conference workshops

Wine Globalization: Past and Prospective

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, 6 February 2018
Convenors: Kym Anderson (University of Adelaide and ANU), Julian Alston (University of California, Davis), Vicente Pinilla (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Karl Storchmann (New York University)

Scope: Up to 16 papers will be selected on the basis of their empirical analysis of causes or consequences of trends or cycles in wine production, consumption and trade as markets have become more globalized over the past two centuries. Comparative analyses, across countries or relative to other beverages, are especially encouraged, along with lessons from the past for industry and policy.
Deadline for paper proposals: Please send a one-page abstract or draft paper to kym.anderson@adelaide.edu.au by 4 August 2017. Selection decisions will be notified by 31 August 2017. Authors of papers not able to be included in the workshop program are encouraged to submit their abstract to the Contributed Papers section of the AARES Conference.

This event is organised with the support of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES), together with the University of Adelaide’s Wine Economics Research Centre and the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE).


Renewables, Affordability and Reliability: What is the Future of Energy in Australia?

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, 7 February 2018


Early in 2017 the Federal Government declared that Australia was in the midst of an energy crisis. With recent blackouts in South Australia and closure of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria, there is considerable concern around affordability and reliability of energy supply in Australia. Important questions needing answers are:

  • What is the role of renewables?
  • How to secure the supply of electricity in future?
  • Are conventional sources of generation more reliable than renewables?
  • Are the institutional arrangements and oversight of the electricity market effective and are they efficient?
  • What are the immediate and longer term ‘solutions’?

These questions are particularly salient in South Australia, where the State Government has initiated an Energy Plan to try to ensure uninterrupted supply.
The symposium is specifically for industry, policy makers and academics working in this important field.
Participants will hear from leading international and national experts, with a strong focus on solutions to the current energy problems in Australia.
This symposium is organised with the support of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES), together with the University of South Australia Business School and SA Power Networks.

Contact: Dr Rajabrata Banerjee (rajabrata.banerjee@unisa.edu.au)