Dr Nirosha Hewa Wellalage
Senior Lecturer in Finance
Undergraduate Convenor, Finance
Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Finance; Gender; Sustainability
Small Business ; Developing economies
Qualifications: BSC, University of Ireland; MBA, University of Keele, UK, PhD in Finance, University of Waikato
Contact DetailsEmail: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 838 4196
Dr Nirosha Hewa Wellalage has had several years of experience in the finance industry before moving to the University of Waikato.
Dr Nirosha’s main research centres on issues related to corporate finance practices. Her main research goal as a researcher is to explore the ways marginalised firms, such as micro, small and medium firms (SMEs), firms owned by females and ethnic minorities, and refugees financing their firms and find ways to sustainable in long run while contributing the economic development.
Nirosha has published 15 refereed journal articles in the last three years, including 14 in A ranked or FT 50-ranked journals (13 as lead author). Her research has been cited more than 750 times, according to Google Scholar. She has published in leading international journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, the Small Business Economics, the International Review of Financial Analysis, the International Review of Economics and Finance, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, the Finance Research Letters and the Business Strategy and the Environment.
The publications, research awards and research grants demonstrate her ability to develop and implement a viable and relevant research agenda. She has presented her research at major international finance conferences and has received several best paper awards. Dr Nirosha was awarded the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) outstanding scholar award, Young Researcher Award-Baku World Science Forum, and Early Career Research Excellence Award from Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). Currently, she is a principal researcher for three research grants from the Accounting and Finance Association in Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). Also, Dr Nirosha recently received a Lottery Community Sector Research grant with researchers from the University of Canterbury and Refugee Orientation Centre, New Zealand. Nirosha also served as an examiner for several Masters and PhD theses. She regularly reviews papers for top-ranked journals and serves the Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal as Associate Editor. She has held honorary visiting fellowships at the University of Wollongong, Australia and Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka.
Dr Nirosh has successfully supervised seven PhD candidates to completion and all of them have since secured academic positions in tertiary institutions. Nirosha is keen on supervising interesting empirical PhD projects in finance. Supervision queries related broadly to the following research areas will be prioritised:
- SMEs and family firms
- Financial crimes, bribes, and corruption
- Firm-level innovations and emerging markets
- Financial inclusion of minority groups (SMEs, women, and refugees)
- Firm-level CSR, sustainability, and access to financing
Doctor of Philosophy
I also regularly supervise Summer Research Scholarships.
Small Business Finance
CSR and Sustainability
Hewa Wellalage, N., & Thrikawala, S. (2021). Bank credit, microfinance and female ownership: Are women more disadvantaged than men?. Finance Research Letters, online, 8 pages. doi:10.1016/j.frl.2021.101929
Hewa Wellalage, N., Hunjra, A., Manita, R., & Locke, S. (2021). Information communication technology and financial inclusion of innovative entrepreneurs. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 163, 13 pages. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120416
Hewa Wellalage, N., & Kumar, V. (2021). Environmental performance and bank lending: Evidence from unlisted firms. Business Strategy and the Environment, online, 21 pages. doi:10.1002/bse.2804
Agyekum, F., Reddy, K., Wallace, D., & Hewa Wellalage, N. (2021). Does technological inclusion promote financial inclusion among SMEs? Evidence from South-East Asian (SEA) countries. Global Finance Journal, online, 100618. doi:10.1016/j.gfj.2021.100618