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Duminda KuruppuarachchiSenior Lecturer
PhD (Otago), MBA (UoM), PGDBM (Colombo), B.Sc (USJP)

Office OBS 5.29
Tel +64 3 479 5609

Dr Duminda Kuruppuarachchi joined the University of Otago in 2018. Prior to this appointment, he has served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and as a vising Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, and Colombo University, Sri Lanka. Duminda has specialised in Financial Econometrics and Applied Statistics and has gained experience in using various statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS, EVIEWS, AMOS, and SMART-PLS in data analysis. He is also an expert in MATLAB programming especially in writing codes for Econometric analysis.

Duminda's research focuses on Financial Markets, Investments, and Environmental Finance. His research has been published in leading A* and A rated (ABDC) finance journals. Duminda has also won various awards including the best research paper award at an international conference, Alan MacGregor Prize for the outstanding student from the Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago, Otago Doctoral Scholarship, and a Gold Medal for his outstanding performance at the MBA programme, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Duminda has also gained a lot of experience in supervising both undergraduate, masters, and PhD students. He has also gained administrative experience in Accreditation and Quality Assurance while serving at universities in Sri Lanka, and as the acting chair of the research committee at the Department of Accounting and Finance. He is also a member of the Climate Energy and Finance research groups (CEFGroup) of the department.

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Research interests

  • Environmental and Climate Finance
  • Market Efficiency and Information Spillovers in Financial Markets
  • Financial Modelling and Empirical Asset Pricing


Perera, K., Kuruppuarachchi, D., Kumarasinghe, S., & Suleman, M. T. (2023). The impact of carbon disclosure and carbon emissions intensity on firms' idiosyncratic volatility. Energy Economics, 107053. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2023.107053

Liao, L., Diaz-Rainey, I., Kuruppuarachchi, D., & Gehricke, S. (2023). The role of fundamentals and policy in New Zealand's carbon prices. Energy Economics, 106737. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2023.106737

Yu, X., Kuruppuarachchi, D., & Kumarasinghe, S. (2023). Financial development, FDI, and CO2 emissions: Does carbon pricing matter? Applied Economics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2023.2203460

Nguyen, Q., Diaz-Rainey, I., & Kuruppuarachchi, D. (2023). In search of climate distress risk. International Review of Financial Analysis, 85, 102444. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2022.102444

Nguyen, Q., Diaz-Rainey, I., Kuruppuarachchi, D., McCarten, M., & Tan, E. K. M. (2023). Climate transition risk in U.S. loan portfolios: Are all banks the same? International Review of Financial Analysis, 85, 102401. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2022.102401

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