Profile of Dr. Suborna Barua

Profile of Dr. Suborna Barua

Dr. Suborna Barua
Associate Professor
Department of International Business
Faculty of Business Studies
Phone: +880-2-9661900-ext (7840)
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Short Biography:

Suborna Barua, PhD holds a blended experience of teaching courses in economics and finance at both local and foreign universities, delivering professional training on financial modelling, financial markets, financial management and project management, and working in cross-border research projects funded by institutions such as the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, and Plan Bangladesh. He has a long track of serving in financial and management consultant and advisory roles at over ten local and multinational corporations. Suborna’s publication portfolio includes books, book chapters, and over thirty articles published in high-impact factor journals. He has presented at more than twelve international conferences. Dr. Barua is Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Markets and Governance.

Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Ph.D. Finance and Economics Federation University Australia Australia 2020
Masters Finance University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2007
Bachelor Finance University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2005
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
International Best Paper Award 2018 Australia Best HDR Paper Award for 2018 for publication in a top ABDC ranked journal.
International International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2015 Australia IPRS and APA joint scholarship to undertake Higher Degree by Research.
National Dean's Honor List 2007 Bangladesh Named in the Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic result in the MBA program.
Research Interest
Subject Description
Economics of pandemics

Assessing the social and economic implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Modelling Machine learning and AI application in Finance and Economics
Investment Climate impacts on FDI flows, FDI and macroeconomy interaction
Trade Climate impacts on trade flows, trade implications of One Belt One Road initiative
Environment Corporate environmental performance
Finance Financial markets, development, and environment
Project/Research Supervision
Level of Study Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor(s) Name of Student(s) Area of Research Current Completion
Masters 100 Economic Zones Program of Bangladesh Government: Can It Really Yield Enough Foreign Direct Investments? Suborna Barua N/A Nayeem Hasan

International Investment

Masters Internationalization of E-commerce Firms: A Comparative Analysis between Global and Local Ventures Suborna Barua N/A Turjo Mazumder

Internationalization of Firms

Masters An Evaluation of Payment Systems in Bangladesh Automated Clearing House (BACH) and National Payment Switch Bangladesh (NPSB) Suborna Barua N/A Mohammad Abdullah

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Masters A Comparative Analysis of Economic and Financial Indicators of Asian Countries Participating in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Suborna Barua N/A Mahdi H. Adnan

International economics

Masters Firm-level impacts of International Merger and Acquisitions: Cases in Bangladesh Suborna Barua N/A Dilshad Maliha

International investment

Masters The Impacts of Govenrment Supports on Sectoral Exports of Bangladesh Suborna Barua N/A Md Sazzad Hossain

International trade

Masters Assessing the Firm-level Impacts of International Borrowing in Bangladesh Suborna Barua N/A Jannat Ara

International finance

Masters The Impacts of Non-tarriff Barriers (SPS, TBT, and Environmental Conditions) on Sectoral Exports of Bangladesh Suborna Barua N/A Khaza Mynuddin

International trade

M.Phil The measurement of corporate environmental impacts and its determinants in Bangladesh Dr. Shobod Deba Nath Farzana Arshi

Measruing the environmental performance of firms in Bangladesh and exploring the factors that drive the performance.

Current Year
Project/Research Work
Subject Project Name Source of Fund From Date To Date Collaboration
Firms, resource efficiency and the environment Corporate Natural Resource Efficiency and Environmental Performance in Bangladesh: Measures, Evaluation, and Management for Sustainable Development Institute of Advanced Research, United International University 16-08-2020 15-08-2022 Dr. Jamses Bakul Sarkar
The Economics of COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19 and Trade: Some Analytical Notes Self 02-06-2020 N/A
COVID-19 and the Environment Air quality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic Self 08-04-2020 N/A
COVID-19 Social Distancing Analysis of the heterogeneity of social distancing across the world Self 01-03-2020 N/A
The Economics of COVID-19 Pandemic Coronanomics: The economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic Self 01-01-2020 N/A
Trade and the Belt & Road Initiative South Asia's Trade Potential with China through BRI Self 01-02-2018 31-12-2019 OBOR Research Group
Informal Economy of Tobacco Trade-off between the Informal Economy of Tobacco and Tobacco Control Policy in Bangladesh Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) 01-01-2013 31-01-2013 N/A
Green Banking Green Banking Policy and Practice in Bangladesh: Current Status and Required Measures Department of International Business, University of Dhaka 01-01-2013 31-12-2013 Bangladesh Bank and Department of International Business, University of Dhaka
Microfinance An Evaluation of Microfinance Program of Plan Bangladesh: Effectiveness and Efficiency to Reach the Extreme Poor Plan Bangladesh 01-01-2010 31-12-2010 Institute of Microfinance
Microinsurance Inventory Analysis of Microinsurance Products United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 01-01-2009 31-12-2009 Institute of Microfinance
Poverty and Social safety net Coping Strategies of the Poor in Greater Rangpur: What Matters Most? Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) 01-01-2008 31-12-2008 Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Institute of Microfinance (InM)
Poverty and Social safety net Impact of Social Safety Net on Reducing Vulnerability in Seasonal Deprivation in Bangladesh Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) 01-01-2008 31-12-2008 Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Institute of Microfinance (InM)
Microfinance Is Lending Interest Rate Too High? – Addressing the Interest Rate Issues of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh Institute of Microfinance 01-01-2007 31-12-2007 Institute of Microfinance
Microfinance Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh Institute of Microfinance 01-01-2007 31-12-2007 Institute of Microfinance
Invited Talk
SL Invited Talk

- Invited speaker on 'Does a higher degree and cost of leverage worsen corporate environmental performance?' at Kedge Business School, France,19 November 2020.


- Invited Lecture on 'Circular Finance for Circular Economy' at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, UK, 24 November 2020.

SL Collaboration & Membership Name Type Membership Year Membership Expire Year
1 American Finance Association (AFA) Professional 2018 2019
2 Project on Environmental Impacts of Corporations Research collaboration with the University of Oxford academics 2017 2020
3 American Economic Association (AEA) Professional 2018 2019
4 Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) Professional 2019 2019
5 Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Professional 2018 2019
6 Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) - Institute for New Economic Thinking Professional 2016 Life Time
Title Organization Location From Date To Date Description
Sessional Lecturer Federation University Australia Victoria, Australia 25-02-2016 31-12-2018

Teaching undergraduate and graduate level finance and economics courses.

Assistant Professor, Department of International Business University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 10-04-2012 17-09-2020

Teaching undergraduate and graduate finance and economics courses, and producing academic research.

Lecturer, Department of Finance Jagannath University Dhaka, Bangladesh 01-09-2010 31-03-2012 Teaching undergraduate and graduate finance and economics courses, and producing academic research.
Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Finance United International University Dhaka, Bangladesh 01-02-2009 31-08-2010 Teaching undergraduate and graduate finance and economics courses, and producing academic research.
Research Associate Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development Dhaka, Bangladesh 01-10-2006 31-01-2009 Research staff for projects on microfinance, microinsurance, poverty, and development, funded by the World Bank, Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation, and Plan Bangladesh.
Barua, S. Handbook of Financial Markets in Bangladesh. Publisher contract in progress, 2021 (Forthcoming) .
Barua, S. Principles of Green Banking: Managing Environmental Risk and Sustainability. De Gruyter, 2020 .
Book Section
Barua, S. "Green Growth, Energy Transition, and Sustainable Development: Are we on the right track?." Growth Nexus in Era of Globalization: New Directions and Future Prospects. Shahbaz, M., Tiwari, A., and Sinha, A. Elsevier (The Netherlands), 2020 (Forthcoming) .
Barua, S. and Aziz, S. "Making green finance work for sustainable energy transition and development." Growth Nexus in Era of Globalization: New Directions and Future Prospects. Shahbaz, M., Tiwari, A., and Sinha, S. Elsevier (The Netherlands), 2020 (Forthcoming) .
Barua, S. and B. Barua "Internationalization of Bangladesh Banking Sector: Lessons from an Emerging Economy." Business and Management Practices in South Asia. Sikdar, Arijit, and Pereira, Vijay Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 75-100 .
Journal Article
Barua, B. and Barua, S. : COVID-19 implications for banks: evidence from an emerging economy, SN Business & Economics, (impact factor: pp.1-19, 2021 .
Nathaniel, S., Barua, S., Hussain, H. and Adeleye, N. : The determinants and interrelationship of carbon emissions and economic growth in African economies: Fresh insights from static and dynamic models, Journal of Public Affairs, 2020 (Online early view) .
Barua, S. : Understanding Coronanomics: The Economic Implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak, Journal of Developing Areas, 2020 (Forthcoming) .
Barua, S. : Financing sustainable development goals: A review of challenges and mitigation strategies, Business Strategy and Development, 2019 (Online Early View) .
Barua, S. and M. Chiesa : Sustainable financing practices through Green Bonds: What affects the funding size?, Business Strategy and the Environment, vol.First published online:, 2019 .
Rahman, M. Mafizur, R.H. Rana and S. Barua : The Drivers of Economic Growth in South Asia: Evidence from a Dynamic System GMM approach, Journal of Economic Studies, vol.46, no.4 pp.Forthcoming, 2019 .
Chiesa, M. and S. Barua : The surge of impact borrowing: the magnitude and determinants of green bond supply and its heterogeneity across markets, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, vol.9, no.2 pp.138-161, 2019 .
Barua, B., S. Barua and R.H. Rana : Determining the Financial Performance of Non-Life Insurers: Static and Dynamic Panel Evidence from an Emerging Economy, The Journal of Developing Areas, vol.52, no.3 pp.153-168, 2018 .
Barua, S., D. Kar and F.B. Mahbub : Risks and their management in ready-made garment industry: Evidence from the world's second largest exporting nation, Journal of Business and Management, vol.24, no.2 pp.75-103, 2018 .
Akter, H., S. Barua and K. Ahmed : The Dynamics of Informal Tobacco Economy: Evidence from Bangladesh, Social Science Review [The Dhaka University Studies Part D], vol.35, no.2 pp.157-171, 2018 .
Barua, S., T. Khan and B. Barua : Internationalization and Performance: Evidence from Bangladeshi Banks, The Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp., vol.51, no.2 pp.105-118, 2017 .
Barua, S., J. Nayeem and Hazertatunnessa : Economic Climate, Infrastructure and FDI: Global Evidence with New Dimensions, International Journal of Business and Economics, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp., vol.16, no.1 pp.31-48, 2017 .
Akter, H. and S. Barua : International Trade Financing: A Comparative Study on the Performance of State-owned and Private Commercial Banks of Bangladesh, International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, vol.9, no.2 pp.164-186, 2016 .
Rahman, S.M.M. and S. Barua : The Design and Adoption of Green Banking Framework for Environment Protection: Lessons from Bangladesh, Australian Journal of Sustainable Business and Society, vol.2, no.1 pp.1-19, 2016 .
Rana, R.H. and S. Barua : Financial Development and Economic Growth: Evidence from A Panel Study on South Asian Countries, Asian Economic and Financial Review, vol.5, no.10 pp.1159-1173, 2015 .
Barua, S., S. Arefin and M.R. Rahman : The Bangladesh Stock Market Crisis of 2010-11: An Economic and Socio- Behavioral Impact Assessment, Bangladesh Journal of Management Information Systems, vol.6, no.2 pp.75-88, 2014 .
Ahsan, S.M., M.A.B. Khalily, S.A. Hamid, S. Barua and S. Barua : The Microinsurance Market in Bangladesh: An Analytical Overview, The Bangladesh Development Studies, vol.36, no.1 pp.1-54, 2013 .
Hasan, R. and S. Barua : A Comparative Analysis of the Economic Growth of China and India: Implications for Bangladesh, The Social Science Review (The Dhaka University Studies, Part-D), vol.30, no.2 2013 .
Barua, S. and R. Hasan : Regionalism: Contraction or Expansion of Globalization? The Case of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Dhaka University Journal of Business Studies, vol.34, no.3 pp.155-196, 2013 .
Saha, N., S. Barua and Z.H. Talukder : Remittance Inflow through Banking Channel in Bangladesh: A Demand Side Evaluation, The Bangladesh Accountant, no.April – June pp.38-46, 2012 .
Barua, S. and S.D. Nath : The Impact of Credit Product Line Expansion and Growth on Profitability: Evidence from Bangladesh Banking Sector, Journal of Finance and Banking, vol.9, no.1 pp.29-45, 2011 .
Deb, Santus K., S. Barua and M.A. Harun : Impact of IMC Tools on Consumer Preference: A Case of Bangladesh Cement Industry, Dhaka University Journal of Business Studies, vol.32, no.1 pp.213-238, 2011 .
Talukder, Z.H. and S. Barua : A Study on Determining Factor Influencing Segment Base of Mobile Internet Users in Bangladesh, Jagannath University Journal of Business Studies, vol.1, no.1 2010 .
Barua, S., A.H.A.M. Mridha and R.H. Khan : Housing Real Estate Sector in Bangladesh Present Status and Policies Implications, ASA University Review, vol.4, no.1 pp.239-253, 2010 .
Chowdhury, A. and S. Barua : Rationalities of Z-category Shares in Dhaka Stock Exchange: are they in financial Distress risk?, Brac University Journal, vol.VI, no.1 pp.45-58, 2009 .
Chowdhury, A., S. Barua and S.P. Chowdhury : An empirical model for Optimal Deposit Contracts; Liquidity and Bank–Runs, IST Journal of Business and Technology, vol.1, no.1 pp.1-18, 2009 .
Khan, R.H., A.H.A.M. Mridha and S. Barua : Higher Education in Private Universities of Bangladesh: A Study on Female Students’ Enrollment Behavior, Brac University Journal, vol.VI, no.2 pp.33-48, 2009 .
Khan, M.S. and S. Barua : The Status and Threats of Information Security in the Banking Sector of Bangladesh: Policies Required, Bangladesh Journal of Management and Information Systems, vol.1, no.2 pp.69-93, 2009 .
Conference Proceedings
Barua, S. and E. Valenzuela "Climate Change Impacts on Global Agricultural Trade Patterns: Evidence from the Past 50 Years." 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018 New York, USA: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Columbia University, 2018 .
Barua, S. "Factors Influencing the Development of Microenterprises and Policies - Evidence from Bangladesh." 10th Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship Development India: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, 2013 .
Chowdhury, A. and S. Barua "Investors’ Confidence Index as an Investment Determinant In Dhaka Stock Exchange." Proceedings of the International Conference on Economics, Business Management and Marketing (EBMM) Singapore: 2009 .
Barua, S. and A. Chowdhury "General Characteristics and Investment Determinants In Bangladesh Capital Markets: Evidence from Dhaka Stock Exchange." Proceedings (54th) of the International Conference on Business, Finance and Tourism Management France: 2009 .