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Our PhD and MCom students

Research led teaching produces exciting postgraduate research.

Read below about our talented students and their research in the Department of Accountancy and Finance.

Why not join us? Find out more about enrolling for a:

Accounting PhD students

Siamak Ansari image

Siamak Ansari

Home country: Iran
Research topic: Towards the Business-Partnering Role of Management Accounting in the Public Sector: How to Facilitate Institutional Enablers and Constraints Using the Big Data Lens – A New Zealand Case Study
Primary supervisor: Ralph Adler
Email siamak.ansari@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Thilini Arachchige imageThilini Arachchige

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Social networks, intellectual capital and value creation in the Public Sector
Primary supervisor: Ros Whiting
Email thilini.kaushalya@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Chang Liu imageChang Liu

Home country: China
Research topic: Auditing and Financial Disclosure
Primary supervisor: David Lont
Email liuch485@student.otago.ac.nz


Junxiu Lyu image 2021Junxiu Lyu

Home country: China
Research topic: Corporate governance and corporate political activities
Primary supervisor: Muhammad Nadeem
Email junxiu.lyu@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Hiruni Rathwatta image 2021

Hiruni Rathwatta

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Taxation as an element of Social and Environmental Responsibility: A historical perspective in Ancient Ceylon
Primary supervisor: Sriyalatha Kumarasinghe
Email hiruni.rathwatta@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Disney Sohali image 2020Disney Sohali

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Cost effectiveness and social accountability of the waste management systems of supermarkets in New Zealand
Primary supervisor: Sriyalatha Kumarasinghe
Email disney.kariyawasam@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Shabana Talpur  image 2020Shabana Talpur

Home country: Pakistan
Research topic: CSR decoupling: The Investigation of Causes and Consequences
Primary supervisor: Helen Roberts
Email talsh566@student.otago.ac.nz


Iki Uele imageIki Mafi Uele

Home country: Tonga
Research topic: Roles of Accounting in construction, measuring, and maintaining Public Value
Primary supervisor: Dinithi Ranasinghe


Max Yap imageMax Yap

Home country: New Zealand
Topic: Accounting for Economic Reality
Primary supervisor: Frederico Botafogo
Email yapyi891@student.otago.ac.nz


Xiaoxu Zhang image 2021Xiaoxu Zhang

Home country: China
Research topic: Audit committee congruence and audit quality
Primary supervisor: Helen Roberts
Email xiaoxu.zhang@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

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Finance PhD students

IftekharAhmad ImageIftekhar Ahmed

Home country: Bangladesh
Research topic: Essays on Climate Finance
Primary supervisor: Ivan Diaz-Rainey
Email iftekhar.ahmed@otago.ac.nz


Sandun Fernando image 2022Sandun Fernando

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Essays on Short Selling
Primary supervisor: Olena Onishchenko
Email fersa375@student.otago.ac.nz


Iris (Jianhui) Li imageIris (Jianhui) Li

Home country: China
Research topic: Three Essays on the Joint Cross Section of Stocks and Options
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang
Email liji1479@student.otago.ac.nz


Weihan Li image 2022Weihan Li

Home country: China
Research topic: The price differences between American and European options: Evidence from OEX and XEO options
Primary supervisor: Dr Xinfeng Ruan
Email liwe7254@student.otago.ac.nz


Ling Liao imageLing Liao

Home country: China
Research topic: Climate Finance in Australasia
Primary supervisor: Ivan Diaz-Rainey
Email ling.liao@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Wei Lin imageWei Lin

Home country: China
Research topic: SPX, VIX and VXX Options.
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang


Arung Mayapada imageArung Mayapada

Home country: Indonesia
Research topic: Charity Governance
Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Helen Roberts
Email arunggihna.mayapada@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Kasun Perera image 2021Kasun Perera

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Carbon Risk and Idiosyncratic Volatility: US Evidence
Primary supervisor: Duminda Kuruppuarachchi
Email perka336@student.otago.ac.nz


Andre Poyser imageAndre Poyser

Home country: Jamaica
Research topic: Indigenous Assets Under Conditions of Climate Uncertainty; Essays on the Financial Economics of Climate Change and Indigenous Asset Management
Primary supervisor: Sebastian Gehricke
Email poyan724@student.otago.ac.nz


Umaid Sheikh image 2021Umaid A Sheikh

Home country: Pakistan
Research topic: Essays on Empirical Finance and Financial econometrics
Primary supervisor: Muhammad Tahir Suleman
Email sheum557@student.otago.ac.nz


IsabellaYoon profile image 2020Isabella Yoon

Home country: Republic of Korea
Research topic: VIX options
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang
Email isabella.yoon@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Xiaojie Yu image 2020Xiaojie (Steven) Yu

Home country: China
Research topic: Outward FDI and environmental issues
Primary supervisor: Duminda Kuruppuarachchi
Email yust6853@student.otago.ac.nz


Junyu Zhang image 2021Junyu Zhang

Home country: China
Research topic: Environmental Risks and Options Markets
Primary supervisor: Edwin (Xinfeng) Ruan
Email zhaju585@student.otago.ac.nz


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Master of Commerce (MCom) students

Indie Venkatraman ImageIndie Venkatraman

Home country: India, now settled in New Zealand
Research topic: A Study of the measurability and performance indicators in Climate Action Plans, modelled on index methodology and UN Sustainability Development Goals
Primary supervisor: Professor Ralph Adler
Email venin491@student.otago.ac.nz