Department of Finance

Harnessing capital markets for the greater good

Our academic staff are experts in finance and real estate, consistently earning worldwide recognition for their research. We foster a dynamic research and teaching culture, emphasising academically significant research with real-world impact.

Our courses

Our curriculum is informed by cutting-edge research and practice. You'll enjoy hands-on experience, including industry-focused problem-solving – making it easier to transition into the workforce.

Our undergraduate courses are developed with industry, plus you’ll enjoy practical experience and networking opportunities. Or take your finance skills to the next level with a postgraduate degree.

Explore our finance courses

Explore our property and real estate courses

Research specialisations

Our areas of research strength include:

  • corporate finance
  • investments and asset pricing
  • international finance
  • financial derivative instruments
  • real estate and property.

Join our PhD program

The Department of Finance is seeking intellectually curious doctoral applicants with a strong academic track record who are interested in undertaking rigorous, theory-advancing research.

Department of Finance staff

Our staff strive to embed our strategic employability focus in our teaching and learning, and produce innovative, high-quality research that is frequently published in leading journals.

Key contacts

Professor Xiangkang Yin, Head of Department

Dr Hoa Nguyen, Director of Teaching

Associate Professor Hong Feng Zhang, Director, Researcher Development

Associate Professor Sagarika Mishra, Director, HDR

Course directors

Dr Nicholas Sheard, Course Director, Bachelor of Property and Real Estate

Dr Ning Gong, Course Director, Master of Finance and Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance

Dr Christopher Ratcliffe, Course Director, Postgraduate Courses of Property and Real Estate

Academic contacts

Dr Tze Ang, Senior Lecturer

Dr Sohel Azad, Senior Lecturer

Professor Tarun Chordia, Professional Research Fellow

Dr Saikat Sovan Deb, Senior Lecturer

Dr Daisy Doan, Lecturer

Dr Mong Shan Ee, Senior Lecturer

Dr Ning Gong, Senior Lecturer

Dr Abdul Aziz Hayat Muhammad, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Ameeta Jain

Tom Keel, Associate Lecturer

Associate Professor Adrian Lee

Dr Fengfei Li, Senior Lecturer

Dr Emma Li, Senior Lecturer

Professor Xiaoyang Li

Associate Professor Qiang Li

Dr Ruipeng Liu, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Mike Mao

Associate Professor Sagarika Mishra

Dr Annette Nguyen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Hoa Nguyen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Wei Opie, Senior Lecturer

Dr Christopher Ratcliffe, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Susan Sharma

Dr Nicholas Sheard, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Harminder Singh

Dr Kannan Thuraisamy, Senior Lecturer

Dr Peipei Wang, Lecturer

Dr Vincent Xiang, Senior Lecturer

Professor Xiangkang Yin

Associate Professor Hong Feng Zhang

Dr Xinwei Zheng, Senior Lecturer

Research contacts


Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business
Professor Hind Benbya, Director

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Recovery
Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Director

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)
Dr Karen Dunwoodie, Director

Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre
Professor Peter Carey, Research Director

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre 
Professor George Tanewski, Director


Arts & Creative Industries Research and Engagement (ACiRE)
Professor Hilary Glow, Director

Better Consumption Lab 
Professor Josh Newton, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic 
Associate Professor Ali Tamaddoni, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic
Professor Andre Bonfrer, Director

Impact Finance Hub
Dr Emma Li, Director

Leadership Futures Hub
Dr Fannie Wu, Director

Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance
Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Director

Apply for a Masters by Research

Interested in research-level study? Gain the skills you need to get ahead in your workplace or start your research or academic career.

Journal publications

Finance staff have published in many of the leading journals in the discipline, including:

  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
  • Review of Finance
  • Management Science
  • Review of Asset Pricing Studies
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • Journal of Financial Markets
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Journal of Banking and Finance.


We have a range of speakers and research partners who regularly visit Deakin to share insights and encourage debate on topics of particular interest to the department’s students.

Upcoming seminars

Thursday 9 May11am–12.30pmProf Andrei Simonov
Thursday 16 May11am–12.30pmMs Swetha Agarwal
Thursday 23 May11am–12.30pmAssociate Professor Byoung Kang
Thursday 30 May11am–12.30pmProfessor Robert Webb
Thursday 13 June11am–12.30pmAssociate Professor George Wong
Thursday 18 July11am–12.30pmProfessor Tarun Chordia
Thursday 1 August11am–12.30pmAssociate Professor Yueran Ma
Thursday 15 August11am–12.30pmProfessor Nadya Malenko
Thursday 29 August11am–12.30pmDr Eduard Inozemtsev

Contact us

Find out more about what we’re doing at the Department of Finance.

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