Kristian Rotaru

Assoc Professor

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Developing and testing behavioural interventions associated with financial skills training schemes


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Associate Professor Kristian Rotaru is a decision scientist working across a variety of business disciplines, including accounting, finance, operations management, and marketing. He also conducts research in the area of cognitive neuroscience, with the focus on impulsive and compulsive behaviours and wellbeing. He is an external researcher at BrainPark and a key collaborator at the Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab - both labs are affiliated to the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Brain, Mind & Markets Lab, The University of Melbourne. He is one of the pioneers and key contributors to the emerging research domain of neuroaccounting. 

Kristian holds a PhD in Economics, a PhD in Accounting Information Systems, and, more recently, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and an Honours degree in Psychology. In his research he adopts a variety of research methods, including laboratory and field experiments (involving the use of eye-tracking, cognitive pupillometry, electrodermal activity assessment, electrocardiography and electroencephalography technologies), market data analysis, conceptual, analytical and simulation modelling.

His latest research focuses on risk analysis and visualisation, affective decision making in everyday economic behaviours, neurocognitive and functional correlates of addiction and wellbeing, and on designing and testing interventions for behavioural change. In June 2018, he was presented with Commonwealth Bank Rising Star Award for Financial Wellbeing at Behavioural Exchange 2018 (BX2018) conference (organised by the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government) for his research on behavioural interventions associated with developing financial skills training schemes. The resuts of this award-winning project (click here to access the paper) were published in Scientific Reports (the 6th most-cited journal in the world).

As a recognised expert in Data Analytics, Kristian has been invited as keynote speaker at a number of large events organised by CPA Australia. He has also presented his research at multiple research seminars in top business schools in the US, Canada, UK, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia. At Monash Business School, Kristian lectures Business Analytics, Accounting Information Systems, Financial Modelling and Philosophy of Research units for undergraduate, masters, honours, and PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Behavioural/Experimental Accounting and Finance
  • Business Process Modelling and Simulation
  • Financial and Managerial Risk Taking
  • Multimethod Simulation
  • Agent-Based
  • System Dynamics
  • Discrete Event Simulation
  • News Analytics and HFT
  • Performance Measurement Systems
  • Risk Analytics (In Accounting, Finance, and Operations Management)
  • Supply Chain Risk Management


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