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Dr Chitra DeSilva

PhD (VU), GCTE (VU), B.Com (Kel, SL), PG Dip in Business Mgt (Col, SL), PG Dip in Education (Col, SL), B.Sc. Business Admin. Hons. (SJP, SL)

Dr Chitra De Silva Lokuwaduge is a Lecturer in Accounting at Victoria University. Her PhD thesis researched governance and performance of Australian universities and her research interests are corporate governance, corporate reporting and accounting education. For over 25 years, Chitra has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sri Lanka and Australia.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles (selected)

Lokuwaduge, Chitra Sriyani De Silva, and Kumudini Heenetigala.( 2016) "Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Disclosure for a Sustainable Development: An Australian Study. Business Strategy and the Environment (2016). ( Q 1)

Lokuwaduge, Chitra De Silva, and Anona Armstrong (2015) “The impact of governance on the performance of the higher education sector in Australia." Educational Management Administration & Leadership 43.5 (2015): 811-827. (Q1)

De Silva Lokuwaduge, Chitra Sriyani, and Anona Armstrong.(2015) "An evaluation of governance mechanisms as determinants of performance: A case study of Australian universities." Evaluation Journal of Australasia 15.2 : 22.( C)

De Silva Lokuwaduge, CS; Armstrong A (2012) Evaluation of corporate governance measures: an application to the Australian higher education sector, Journal of business systems governance and ethics  Volume 7 Issue 1  pp.76-86 (C)

De Silva Lokuwaduge, CS (2012) An overview of the new listing rules and corporate governance best practice in Sri Lanka, Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing Volume 8 Issue 4, pp.569-577 ( C)

Books & book chapters

Lokuwaduge, Chitra Sriyani De Silva. (2016) "Exploring the New Public Management (NPM)-Based Reforms in the Public Sector Accounting: A Sri Lankan Study." Global Perspectives on Risk Management and Accounting in the Public Sector (2016): 49.

Heenetigala, K, Armstrong, A, Lokuwaduge, CS, Ediriweera, A (2016) Investigation of Criteria used for Assurance Practices of Sustainability Reporting in Australian Listed Companies, Victoria University, Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-86272-710-6

Heenetigala, K, Armstrong, A, Lokuwaduge, CS, Ediriweera, A (2016) “ Environmental Social and Governance Reporting a Case study of the Australian Mining Sector”  CSR Sustainability and Leadership, Routledge at Taylor and Francis (Forthcoming) Chapter 9, P 172-198

Conference presentations (selected)

De Silva Lokuwaduge CS (2016) Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) disclosure of Australian listed companies: if not why not? Governance & Law Conference Across Boarders: an International Conference College of Law and Justice Victoria University Melbourne 28-29 April 2016,

Heenetigala, K., De Silva Lokuwaduge, CS., & Armstrong, A. F. (2015, December) Independent Assurance of Sustainability Reports of Mining Sector Companies in Australia  12th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM). Colombo

Heenetigala, K. and C. De Silva, Armstrong, A & Ediriweera, A (2015) An Investigation of Environmental, Social and Governance Measures of Listed Mining Sector Companies in Australia. 2015 International Business & Education Conference, London, UK, 8-10 June 2015

De Silva Lokuwaduge, CS (2010) An evaluation of governance and performance of Australian universities, International corporate governance and finance Conference, Latrobe University, Melbourne (Refereed paper presented in April 2010),

De Silva Lokuwaduge, CS (2010) Corporate Governance Best Practice: and new Listing Rules in Sri Lanka , 2nd International Conference on corporate governance, University of New England, Sydney (Refereed paper presented  in February 2010 )

Teaching responsibilities

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Professional Auditing
  • Computerised Accounting Information Systems
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Financial accounting


  • Unit coordinator: Accounting Information Systems
  • Unit coordinator: Professional Auditing

Research grants

  • 2015 AFAANZ Mid-career Researcher Grant - $2,500
  • 2014 VU Researcher Development Grant - $12,150: Investigation of criteria used for assurance practices of sustainability reporting in Australian listed companies
  • 2013 SEED research grant (Research Development Fund Victoria University) - $10,000: Environmental, Social and Governance Measures for Listed Mining Sector Companies in Australia. With Dr. Kumi Heenetigala and Prof. Anona Armstrong

Professional membership

  • Institute of Public Accountants of Australia (IPA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA)
  • The International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER)


Areas of expertise

  • Accounting education
  • Corporate governance and reporting
  • Auditing and assurance

Contact details

+61 3 9919 9469