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International Commodities Symposium


Commodities Research Fellowship Awards: J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities

Call For Papers

"New Directions in Commodities Research"

  • Deadline for Paper Submission: February 15, 2017
    Abstracts or extended abstracts will not be accepted
  • Acceptances Notification: March 15, 2017

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New Directions in Commodities Research

New Directions in Commodities Research is an international commodities symposium organized at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, University of Colorado Denver on August 10-11, 2017.

The symposium brings together global thought leaders and prominent stakeholders in commodities to discuss critical thinking and new research related to commodities.

While rigor and quality is ensured, the focus of the presentations will be on the real-world relevance of the research, specifically oriented to the immediate and near-term future. The sessions will be limited to outstanding research and comprise of both solicited and competitively selected papers. Sessions and papers will be from both academic and practitioner communities. Submitted papers will be selected by the Technical Committee (below), comprised of members from the Research Council of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities. 

We invite submissions of scholarly work from all areas of commodities. We encourage industry participants to submit papers that provide current industry perspectives and challenges that could provide interesting research questions for academics.

The following is an illustrative list of interest areas:

  • Structure and regulation of exchanges and trading
  • Behavioral and financial Incentives in commodities businesses
  • Innovation/technology
  • China/India
  • Risk management
  • Emissions/environment
  • Transport/supply chains
  • Shipping and ocean-going freight
  • Commodities trade and economic growth
This list is not exhaustive.

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Sponsored by

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Lutz Kilian, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Alex King, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Critical Materials Institute

Technical Committee:

Members of the Research Council, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities

  • Graham Davis
    Chair of Technical Committee
    Professor of Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines
  • Ambron, Sueann
    Senior A
    dvisor, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities 
  • Anderson, Thorvin
    Former Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Global Commodities Grp 

  • Arak, Marcelle
    CoBank Professor, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities
  • Brady, Tom
    Chief Economist, Newmont Mining Corp    
  • Carter, Colin
    Professor of Agricultural Economics, 
    University of California, Davis
  • DeVore, Nancy
    Principal, DHF Team, LLC    

  • Fenton, Colin
    Managing Partner & Head of Research, Blacklight Research LLC 
  • Gray, Robert
    Chief Commodities Strategist, Resource Capital Funds 
  • Greer, Bob
    Scholar in Residence, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities 
  • Hamilton, James
    Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego 
  • Hammond, Dave
    Principal,  Hammond International Group    
  • Houlton, Geoff
    Director of Commodity Fundamentals, Anadarko Petroleum Corp 
  • Irwin, Scott
    Professor of Ag & Cons Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • Kaminski, Vince
    Professor, Practice of Energy Management, Rice University, Houston 
  • Kilian, Lutz 
    Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Kowalski, Daniel
    Director of Industry Research, CoBank, Knowledge Exchange Division 
  • Lee, Benjamin
    Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
  • McCallum, Peter
    Director, Global Agribusiness, Bunge Limited
  • Most, Matt
    Government Relations and Sustainability, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc 
  • Nomikos, Nikos
    Professor of Shipping Risk Management, Cass Business School, London 
  • Pearson, Don
    Spaces & Places Leader, Ardent Mills    
  • Putnam, Bluford
    Chief Economist, CME Group
  • Reinhardt, Forest
    John D. Black Prof. of Business Administration, Harvard Business School 
  • Robe, Michel
    Associate Professor of Finance, American University, Washington D.C. 
  • Ronn, Ehud
    Professor of Finance, University of Texas, Austin
  • Rouwenhorst, Geert
    Haas Professor of Corporate Finance, Yale School of Management 
  • Schneider, Bryce
    Director of Trading and Origination, Xcel Energy
  • Slade, Margaret
    Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 
  • Streitmayer, Sven
    Senior Commodity Risk Manager, Robert Bosch GmbH
    , Stuttgart, Germany
  • Till, Hilary
    Solich Scholar, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities    
  • Titus, Lance
    Managing Director, Guzman Energy    
  • Vigfusson, Robert
    Section Chief (Energy), Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C. 
  • Wright, Brian 
    Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley 

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