Kristian Rotaru

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

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, information systems, finance, and operations management. He also conducts research in cognitive psychology, with a focus on impulsive and compulsive behaviours, emotional regulation and wellbeing. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee at the Monash Business Behavioural Laboratory, Associate Director at the Opportunity Tech Lab, and PhD Program Director in the Department of Accounting, Monash Business School. He is a visiting researcher at BrainPark and a key collaborator at the Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab - both labs are affiliated with 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 and virtual reality), market data analysis, conceptual, analytical and simulation modelling.

His latest research focuses on risk analysis and visualisation, emotion regulation, affective decision-making in everyday economic behaviours, neurocognitive and functional correlates of addiction and well-being, and designing and testing interventions for behavioural change. 

As a recognised expert in Data Analytics, Kristian has been invited as a 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, the UK, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia. At Monash Business School, Kristian lectures Business Analytics, Accounting Information Systems, Financial Modelling and Philosophy of Research units for honours, Masters, 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
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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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