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Dr Emma Li



Senior Lecturer in Finance


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Emma Li is a senior lecturer in the Department of Finance within the Deakin Business School. She obtains a Ph.D. in finance with University of Melbourne. She is also a visiting scholar of Tsinghua PBC of China. Her main research interests include financial intermediaries, entrepreneurial financing, crowdfunding and Fintech. Her research has been published in Journal of corporate finance and has been presented in several international conferences, including EFA, SFS Cavalcade and FRA annual meeting. Her paper has won the SIRCA best paper from annual FIRN conference in 2017 and 2018 in Australia. Her work was also cited in All About Alpha blog and a CAIA association (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association) news article.

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Research interests

Financial intermediaries, Entrepreneurial financing, Crowdfunding and Fintech

Teaching interests

Corporate finance; Investment

Knowledge areas

Financial intermediaries, Entrepreneurial financing, Crowdfunding and Fintech


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Venture capital certification and customer response: Evidence from P2P lending platforms

E Li, L Liao, Z Wang, H Xiang

(2020), Vol. 60, Journal of Corporate Finance, C1

journal article

Capital formation and financial intermediation: the role of entrepreneur reputation formation

L Li, S Martin

(2019), Vol. 59, pp. 185-201, Journal of corporate finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Equity Crowdfunding in Capital Formation: An Empirical Investigation

Dr Emma Li

Accounting & Finance Assoc of Australian & New Zealand Grant - Research

  • 2022: $5,000


Associate Supervisor

Hao Zheng

Thesis entitled: Three Essays in Corporate Finance and Financial Intermediation

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Finance