Dr Nirosha Hewa Wellalage
Senior Lecturer in Finance
Undergraduate Convenor, Finance
Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Finance; 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 Wellalage has had several years of experience in the finance industry before moving to the University of Waikato. Her main research centres on issues related to corporate finance practices.
The substantive areas of her research include firm-level corporate governance, small business, and emerging markets finance. She has published several articles in leading international journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, International Review of Financial Analysis, and Applied Economics.
Nirosha is keen on supervising interesting empirical Ph.D. 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
Dr Nirosha received an early career research excellence prize in Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ)2019.
Also, in 2019 she received the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Research Grants.
Doctor of Philosophy
I also regularly supervise Summer Research Scholarships.
Small Business Finance
CSR and Sustainability
Hewa Wellalage, N., & Locke, S. (2020). Formal credit and innovation: Is there a uniform relationship across types of innovation?. International Review of Economics and Finance, 70, 1-15. doi:10.1016/j.iref.2020.07.004
Hewa Wellalage, N., Fernandez, V., & Thrikawala, S. (2020). Corruption and innovation in private firms: Does gender matter?. International Review of Financial Analysis, 70. doi:10.1016/j.irfa.2020.101500
Benjamin, S., Regasa, D. G., Hewa Wellalage, N., & Marathamuthu, M. S. (2020). Waste disclosure and corporate cash holdings. Applied Economics, 52(49), 5399-5412. doi:10.1080/00036846.2020.1764480
Hewa Wellalage, N., Locke, S., & Samujh, H. (2020). Firm bribery and credit access: Evidence from Indian SMEs. Small Business Economics, 55, 283-304. doi:10.1007/s11187-019-00161-w