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Our PhD and MCom students

Research led teaching produces exciting postgraduate research.

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

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

Accounting PhD students

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Khurshid Ali

Home country: Pakistan
Research topic: Climate change risk and investors’ perception: Evidence from the S&P 500
Primary supervisor: Muhammad Nadeem


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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


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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


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


Beam Aschakulporn imageBeam Aschakulporn

Home country: New Zealand
Research topic: Higher-Order Risk-Neutral Moment Estimators.
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang
Email beam.aschakulporn@otago.ac.nz


Wei Guo imageWei Guo

Home country: China
Research topic: SPX and SPY options
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang


Xiaolan Jia imageXiaolan Jia

Home country: China
Research topic: Options in commodity markets
Primary supervisor: Jin Zhang
Email xiaolan.jia@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Sampath Kongawatte imageSampath Kongahawatte

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Investors’ trading behavior in stock market anomalies
Primary supervisor: Olena Onishchenko


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


Quyen NguyenQuyen Nguyen

Home country: Vietnam
Research topic: Climate Risk in Financial Institutions
Primary supervisor: Ivan Diaz-Rainey


Kasun Perera image 2021Kasun Perera

Home country: Sri Lanka
Research topic: Idiosyncratic Volatility Puzzle: A Climate Risk Explanation
Primary supervisor: Duminda Kuruppuarachchi
Email perka336@student.otago.ac.nz


Mahnoor Sattar imageMahnoor Sattar

Home country: Bangladesh
Research topic: Board diversity and private firms: Evidence from the UK
Primary supervisor: Helen Roberts
Email: mahnoor.sattar@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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