The 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance is one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance. Since the first conference in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009, and its successors in Groningen, Netherlands (2011), Kristiansand, Norway (2013) and Geneva, Switzerland (2015), the conference has been a unique platform for academics to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, give visibility to their projects and to identify gaps and different paths for new research.

We cordially invite you to join us in June 2017 at the fifth European Microfinance Research Conference which will take place at Portsmouth (in the South of England), where we hope to continue this proud tradition. The Conference will be organized by the Portsmouth Business School, in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform ( and CERMi (

Conference Theme

The main theme of the Conference is ‘Microfinance and Financial Inclusion’. During the three days of Conference, panels and parallel sessions will address key topics on the theme, including:

  • Strategy and management of microfinance institutions;
  • Responsible finance and client protection;
  • Gender and microfinance;
  • Microfinance products and services, including mobile money and digital financial services;
  • Policy, regulation and microfinance:
  • Impact of microfinance.

These are, however, not exclusive topics so we will be happy to consider academic papers that fall within the broader remit of microfinance and the microfinance movement, including financial practices and informal finance; ethical issues in microfinance; funding of microfinance, including new sources such as crowdfunding; and Islamic finance.