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FIRN – the Financial Research Network – is the premier network of finance researchers and PhD students across Australia and New Zealand.  Researchers from all of the major schools, departments and universities who offer research programs across the various topic areas of finance are members of FIRN.

The purpose of FIRN is to provide a strong, cohesive and efficient approach toward supporting research and advancements in the Australian finance academic community.  FIRN’s program of events and initiatives aims to develop better communication and networking across the sector, better research outcomes, better educated PhD students, better skilled academics, stronger international relationships and a stronger future.

What FIRN does:


We hold annual intensive research meetings where we aim to provide members with an opportunity to connect with peers and gain a deeper understanding of the specific topic area.
Meetings are open to all FIRN members however paper presentations are selective.
Please go to the meeting page for full details.


FIRN coordinates a program of elite quality PhD courses across Australia aimed at supporting students who wish to continue their career in research. The program offers a range of topics on a rotating basis. All subjects have been endorsed at an international standard.  Enrolment is free for all FIRN member institution PhD students. FIRN also runs a PhD symposium and coordinates a job market to connect completing students to regional recruiters. Please go to the Education page for full details.


FIRN hosts Australia’s premier annual finance conference. The program accommodates various areas of finance research with only the top papers selected following an international review process. The annual conference is well known for being family-friendly and is held at various iconic locations around Australia. Please go to the Conference page for full details.
Registration is open to all FIRN members, visiting researchers and PhD students.


FIRN offers a range of diversity strategies that aim to help female researchers – particularly early career researchers. Initiatives include the building of professional networks, new skills development, latest research plus mentoring and peer to peer support. A program of workshops, networking events and international collaborations is offered by FIRN. Please go to the Women page for full details.