Wine sustainability

1 Posted by - 11 marzo 2017 - Eventi futuri

a/simmetrie is organizing with the Department of Economics, Gabriele d’Annunzio University, Pescara (Italy) and INFER – International Network for Economic Research (Bonn) an international conference on Wine sustainability. The conference will take place at the Faculty of Economics, University Gabriele d’Annunzio in Pescara (Italy), on September 1st-September 3rd, 2017.

Call for papers

Over the last decades the wine market has changed dramatically. While until the ‘60s the production and consumption of wine was concentrated mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean countries, in the ‘70s new countries started massive investments which led to an increase in both quantity and quality. At the same time there has been a number of technological innovations in both agronomy and oenology whose effects on wine authenticity and on the environment are debated. The wine sector is therefore facing sensitive socio-environmental issues: The consumers’ expectations, like especially health issues and environmental concerns, the supply conditions, especially climate change, and the increasing competition raise new challenges in terms of sustainability. The sustainability might become a driver of the supply, the demand and a vector of competition in the future.

This conference provides an opportunity for all those interested in the issue of sustainability in the wine sector, to discuss their research and to exchange ideas. Researchers are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with the conference’s special topic.

We welcome papers from the following fields: consumer economics (D11-D12), economic impacts of globalization (F6), market structure, firm strategy, and market performance (L1), firm objectives, organization, and behavior (L2), regulation and industrial policy (L5), economic history: agriculture, natural resources, environment, and extractive industries (N5), agricultural markets and marketing • cooperatives • agribusiness (Q13), agricultural finance (Q14), agriculture and environment (Q15), R&D • agricultural technology (Q16), agriculture in international trade (Q17), agricultural policy (Q18), valuation of environmental effects (Q51), climate • natural disasters and their management • global warming (Q54), environment and development • sustainability (Q56), tourism and development (Z32). In particular, we are interested in papers related to the following topics:


  • The consequences of climate change on wine production and consumption;
  • Weather risk management;
  • Regular, organic and natural wines: innovation vs. tradition;
  • Willingness to pay for sustainable certifications;
  • The public regulation of the wine sector regarding the sustainability concerns
  • Crowdfunding in the wine sector: a way for adopting sustainable production process?
  • Use of chemical products and environmental protection;
  • Wine trade and increased international competition;
  • Disequilibrium between aggregate demand and supply of wine;
  • Management and marketing: how to survive the wine war;
  • Strength through unity: Wine cooperatives at work;
  • Investments in quality and clients’ willingness to pay;
  • Wineries and wine tourism as means to protect the landscape.

Keynote Speakers

We are happy to welcome the following internationally distinguished keynote speaker:

Prof. Karl Storchmann

Karl Storchmann is Clinical Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of New York University NYU, founding and managing editor of the Journal of Wine Economics, and vice-president of the American Association of Wine Economists. He has taught or held visiting positions in many universities, including Yale, UCLA, Whitman College, Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and Bordeaux. His research interests encompass topics related to agricultural, energy, and environmental economics, and his recent research focuses on the impact of climate change on the wine industry. He has published in journals such as American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, or the Journal of Wine Economics.

Prof. Julian Alston

Julian M. Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, member of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, and director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics at the University of California at Davis. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne, a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from La Trobe University, and a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University, all with the support of the Victorian Department of Agriculture. Dr. Alston had served for several years as the Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Victoria, Australia, where he had been employed in various capacities since 1975. Alston’s experience in public policy analysis and advice, and administration of a large scientific organization shaped his research interests in the economic analysis of agricultural markets and public policies concerning agricultural incomes, prices, trade, and agricultural research and promotion. He has written many journal articles, chapters, and books related to these subjects, and he recently co-authored Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and Benefits from Public R&D Spending (Springer, 2010). He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, and a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

Further information

Further information on paper submissions, conference registration, accommodation opportunities, etc., will be made available in this web page within March 15th, 2017.

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