Dr Chitra De Silva Lokuwaduge is a Lecturer in Accounting at Victoria University, Melbourne. Chitra has over 25 years experience teaching undergraduate and post graduate students in Sri Lanka and Australia.

Her PhD thesis researched governance and performance of Australian universities.

Chitra's research interests include:

  • corporate governance
  • corporate reporting
  • corporate social responsibility
  • environmental social and governance ( ESG) reporting and assurance.

Chitra received a grant from Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) to organise the Environmental Social and Governance for sustainability colloquium at Victoria University Business School in October 2019.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles (selected)

Nuzula, N. F., and De Silva Lokuwaduge, C. S. (2017) Do ownership structures really matter? A study of companies listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, UNDP 24(1), 55-82. (ABDC B)

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). (Scimago Q1)

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. (Scimago 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. (ERA B)

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 (ABDC C)

Books & book chapters

Heenatigala K, Armstrong A, Lokuwaduge C. (2017) Environmental social and Governance reporting: Case study of Australian mining sector, Eweje, G., & Bathurst, R. (Eds.) CSR, Sustainability, and Leadership (Vol. 5). Routledge.

Lokuwaduge, Chitra Sriyani De Silva. (2016) Exploring the New Public Management (NPM)-Based Reforms in the Public Sector Accounting: A Sri Lankan Study. In A. Ferreira, G. Azevedo, J. Oliveira, & R. Marques (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Risk Management and Accounting in the Public Sector (pp. 49-67). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-9803-1.ch003

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 ESG reporting If not Why not Risk for Australian Companies. Innovative Governance & Sustainable Pathways in a Disruptive Environment. RMIT Melbourne. 18 Sep 2017

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 February 2010

Teaching responsibilities


  • Unit coordinator - Accounting Information Systems
  • Unit coordinator - Accounting for Management.

Research grants

  • AFAANZ Mid-career Researcher Grant 2015 - $2,500
  • VU Researcher Development Grant 2014 – $12,150: Investigation of criteria used for assurance practices of sustainability reporting in Australian listed companies
  • SEED research grant (Research Development Fund Victoria University) 2013 -$ 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

  • Corporate governance and performance
  • Corporate reporting
  • Environmental Social and Governance Disclosure
  • Public sector Governance
  • Auditing and assurance.

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