Devmali Perera

School: School of Business & Management
Department: Economics & Finance
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South

Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam, she has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand during 2016 – 2020 and as a lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka during 2009 – 2021.

  • 2016 – 2020 PhD in Finance, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Thesis: Essays on Agricultural Commodity Markets 
  • 2015 – 2016 MCOM in Finance, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Thesis: Financial Liberalization, Financial Frictions and Trade 
  • 2013 – 2014 Certificate Course in Teaching in Higher Education, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 
  • 2011 – 2013 MBA in Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Thesis: Information Content of Insider Trading: Evidence from Colombo Stock Exchange 
  • 2004 – 2008 Bachelor of Science in Finance, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Finance – Business Finance, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Modeling
  • Economics – Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

Agricultural commodity markets, investments, international finance, financial technology and meta-analysis.

  • Perera, D., Bialkowski, J., & Bohl, M. (2021). Effectiveness of hedging in commodity futures markets: Evidence from a meta-analysis. Manuscript accepted for publication. 
  • Perera, D., Bialkowski, J., & Bohl, M. (2020). Is the tracking error time varying? Evidence from agricultural ETCs. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  • Perera, D., Bialkowski, J., & Bohl, M. (2020). Does the tea market require a futures contract? Evidence from the Sri Lankan tea market. Research in International Business and Finance. 54, 1-19. 
  • Bialkowski, J. & Perera, D. (2019). Stock index futures arbitrage: Evidence from a meta-analysis. International Review of Financial Analysis, 61, 284–294. 
  • Perera, K.L.U.D. & Nimal, P.D. (2017). Information content of insider trading volume: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Colombo Business Journal, 8(2), 1–18. 
  • 2018 UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Scholarship, University of Canterbury 
  • 2018, 2019 Contestable Conference Fund, UC Business School, University of Canterbury
  • 2016 PhD Scholarship, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Canterbury

Worked as a Bloomberg Champion (a Voluntary position) at the Trading Room of the UC Business School at University of Canterbury from 2017 – 2020. The main responsibilities of this role included conducting Bloomberg-based training for students, staff, visitors/visiting students, providing one-to-one help sessions for researchers to obtain data from Bloomberg and participating at various support sessions provided by the Bloomberg.

  • Lecturer in Finance, RMIT University Vietnam – Since February 2021 
  • Lecturer, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 2009-2021 
  • Lecturer, University of Canterbury International College (UCIC) 2020 
  • Lecturer/ Teaching Assistant, University of Canterbury 2016 - 2020 
  • Business Facilitator, Alpha Educational Institute, New Zealand 2019 - 2020 
  • Tutor, Pacific Academic Solutions and Success (PASS), University of Canterbury 2017-2019 
  • Visiting Lecturer, Sir General John Kotalawala Defense University, Sri Lanka 2015