The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research group conducts research that engages industry to deliver world-class outcomes for the economy and society both locally and globally.

Responding to the challenges faced by businesses and other organisations, members of this group actively research to identify real-world challenges and their solutions. Through this research, special attention is paid to protecting Country, consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and principles of planetary health.

Our researchers have expertise in data collection and analysis such as surveys incorporating statistical expertise and modelling, content analysis and interviewing protocols.

Research areas

The group undertakes research in the following areas:

  • protecting Country and planetary health
  • corporate ESG reporting and disclosures
  • creating a circular economy/company and waste recovery
  • sustainable transport logistics
  • leadership and organisational change management
  • the development, management and reporting of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • business analytics
  • enterprise resource planning
  • accounting, finance and corporate governance
  • marketing management and consumer research
  • ethics and law research.

Events & Conference

The ESG research group holds an annual International ESG Sustainability Conference with industry keynote guest speakers from leading organisations showcasing their innovations in sustainable development and reporting.

Academics are practioners also present their papers during concurrent sessions.

A selection of these presentations are then invited to submit full papers for consideration to our partnering journal, the Australasian Business, Finance and Accounting Journal.


Read about our researcher and their business interests, and find out more in their biographies, via the links.


Research interests

Professor Anona Armstrong

  • Corporate governance
  • Public policy
  • ESG & ethics

Dr Scott Bingley


  • Information systems adoption
  • Small business
  • Business analytics

Dr Chitra DeSilva


  • Corporate governance and performance
  • Environmental social and governance disclosure
  • Auditing and assurance
Dr Ancy Gamage
  • Tourism, not-for-profit and small business contexts
  • Human resource management, inclusion and diversity
  • Innovative pedagogy

Dr Selvi Kannan

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Knowledge management & AI knowledge translation
  • Ethical and social governance

Dr Nilufa Khanom

  • Leadership, diversity and inclusion management
  • Workplace well-being
  • Cross-cultural/comparative international management
  • Gender equality
Dr Yongqiang Li
  • Public governance and sustainable development in local governments
  • Intellectual property law, ESG technology transfer, and commercialisation
  • Climate friendly travel related finance law
Dr Catherine Lou
  • Social procurement
  • Supply chain sustainability
  • Corporate governance

Dr David R Moore

  • Carbon accounting
  • Sustainability accounting
  • Public sector accounting

Dr Jayce Naidoo


  • Corporate governance and performance
  • Environmental social and governance disclosure
  • Auditing and assurance
  • Accounting education
  • Enterprise resource planning

Dr Riccardo Natoli


  • Corporate governance
  • Economic development
  • Tourism economics

Dr Maria Prokofieva


  • Data analytics for business applications
  • Social media analytics
  • Machine learning and AI

Associate Professor Nick Sciulli


  • Sustainability accounting and reporting
  • Public sector accounting
  • Financial accounting

Dr Lalith Seelanatha


  • Contemporary issues in corporate and international finance
  • Productivity, efficiency and market structure
  • Banking and financial institutions

Associate Professor Himanshu Shee


  • Operations, supply chain & logistics management
  • SAP-APO optimisation module
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Blockchain and 5G
  • Supply chain process improvement
  • Sustainable firm performance
  • Value chain analysis and circular economy
Dr Omid Ameri Sianaki
  • Smart grid
  • Energy management systems
  • Production planning
  • Supply chain management
  • Cybersecurity and blockchain
  • Cloud computing,
  • IoT
  • Data analytics

Dr Guneratne Wickremasinghe


  • Behavioural finance
  • Efficiency of emerging stock markets
  • Financial development and economic growth