Membership and Research Committee

Carole Comerton-Forde – MRC Chair

Carole Comerton-Forde is Professor of Finance. Her research is in the area of market structure, with a focus on market liquidity and market integrity. Her current interests include the impact of high frequency trading and dark pools on market quality.


Her research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Carole has previously held academic positions at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, and visiting positions at New York University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She was also Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange. She has also acted as a consultant for a number of stock exchanges and market regulators around the world. She is currently an economic consultant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Mardi Dungey

Mardi Dungey is Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Tasmania, a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy at the University of Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Policy at the Australian National University.


Her research interests combine the empirical sides of finance and economics, particularly in her interests in the effects of financial crises on open economies and policy assessment. Mardi has published extensively on the transmission of financial crises, and has written numerous papers on measuring contagion, most recently including a book from Oxford University Press in 2011. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.

Robert Faff

Robert Faff has 30 years experience teaching and researching in the accounting and finance disciplines. He is currently Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland.


Prior to that he was Professor of Finance and the Director of Research in the Department of Accounting and Finance at Monash University (2002-2010). He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (since 2001) and held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Leeds (2006-2010). His research publications list exceeds 240 articles in a broad range of refereed international finance, accounting and economics journals including the Journal of Financial Economics; Journal of Business; Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of International Business Studies. Over the years, Robert has been a CI on 10 successful ARC grants attracting aggregate funding in excess of $2 million. In addition, Robert is the immediate past Editor of Accounting and Finance (2002-2011); has presented in excess of 100 research seminars/workshops at domestic and international universities; and has supervised more than 20 successful PhD students.

Greg Shailer

Greg Shailer is Director of the Australian National Centre for Audit & Assurance Research (ANCAAR) at The Australian National University. He received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. He has held faculty positions at Flinders University of South Australia and University of Newcastle and visiting positions at City University of New York (Baruch College), University of Bristol and University of Arizona.


He has an extensive record of research supervision and training, and received the CBE Award for Excellence in Research Supervision and an ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Greg’s research interests include multidisciplinary aspects of corporate governance, with an emphasis on institutions and regulation, and the economics and regulation of auditing. He is author of several books in auditing and corporate governance and has published many papers in leading journals in accounting, finance, information systems, business and economics.

Henk Berkman

Henk Berkman is professor of Finance at the University of Auckland. His teaching covers most areas in finance at undergraduate, honours and post-graduate levels. Henk’s research has been primarily in the area of market microstructure, risk management and corporate governance.


His research on stock market regulation has demonstrated the positive impact of noise traders on liquidity and firm value, and the relevance of short selling for efficient price formation. Henk has published in leading accounting and finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Accounting Research. Henk received his PhD from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and was visiting Professor at University of Sydney, University of Kansas and University of Maastricht. He was adjunct director at Arthur Andersen Global Corporate Finance Auckland for several years. Currently, Henk is on the board of editors of the Pacific Basin Finance Journal and the Pacific Accounting Review and editor of Accounting and Finance.

Petko Kalev

Petko S. Kalev is a Professor in Finance and the Director of the Centre for Applied Financial Studies — School of Commerce, Division of Business at the University of South Australia. Professor Petko Kalev holds a PhD in Financial Econometrics from Monash University, a Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Melbourne and, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Plovdiv.


Petko has several research interests ranging from Capital Markets, Market Efficiency, Corporate Finance, Assets Management and Behavioural Finance. Professor Kalev is most known and recognised for his empirical research contributions to the field of Market Microstructure.

Professor Kalev is a prolific researcher who has published exclusively in international reputable finance journals. Over the last 10 years (2003–2012) Professor Kalev has presented over 40 refereed conference papers at international finance conferences and more than 50 seminar papers in leading Business Schools, Finance Departments and Financial Organisations in Australia, Europe, North and South America. As a main or solo supervisor, Professor Kalev has supervised 5 PhD students and 28 Honours students till completion. After joining the UniSA in February 2010, Professor Kalev organised and chaired the successful Empirical and Quantitative Finance Colloquium (2010), Finance Research Day (April 2011) as well as several Crafting Quality Research panel sessions (2011–2012). Professor Kalev is also the founder and executive chair of an annual research conference on Behavioral Finance and Capital Markets (since 2011).

In addition, Petko Kalev is the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Financial Studies (CAFS), at the School of Commerce (October 2010). On his initiative, UniSA became the first participating member, located outside of New South Wales of the $100 million Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CM CRC).

Professor Kalev is a member of FINSIA, FIRN, FMA and Q Group Australia.

Douglas Foster

Douglas Foster is a Professor of Finance at The University of Sydney Business School. He has held faculty positions at the University of Technology Sydney, Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, The Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, and The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.


He was awarded the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1987. His research interests include the use of information-based techniques in market design, funds management, investment banking, corporate finance, and risk management. He has also written experimental and qualitative papers in behavioural finance with a growing focus on individual retirement savings decisions.

Professor Foster has taught a range of courses including Applied Securities Management, Behavioral Finance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Valuation, Financial Information Technology, Financial Management, Futures and Options, Information and Finance, International Finance, Investments, and Investment Banking.