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Professor of Finance at USQ, Griffith University

Tapan is a Professor of Finance and Discipline Lead at USQ Business School, Australia. He has more than 20 years of teaching and training, research, administrative and consulting experience. Within the industry, he has been a consultant for leading MNCs such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd India. His interdisciplinary research expertise is in the areas of sustainable and green finance, public financial management, financing for the SDGs, business responses to climate change, and circular economy. His research has been published in leading journals including Finance Research Letters, International Review of Economics & Finance, Australian Tax Forum, Global Finance Journal, Economic Modelling, among others. His research has been cited by various government and international organisations including the Australian Senate, NSW parliamentary committee, the Asian Development Bank, G20, and the UN ESCAP. His most recent co-edited book “Pathways to a Sustainable Economy: Bridging the gap between COP21commitments and 2030 targets of emission control”, Springer (2018) has been ranked among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more SDGs. He has been a Chief Investigator of a range of interdisciplinary projects supported by competitive/external funding (Cat 1 and Cat 2) over $2.5 million (over $1m as Principal Investigator) through the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. Tapan holds a Ph.D. in Commerce from the Australian National University, Master of Arts in Business and Commerce from Keio University, Japan, and Bachelor of Science with Hons (First Class) from Chittagong University, Bangladesh.

Dr Sarker leads a range of collaborative externally funded projects funded by ACIAR, DFAT, NCCARF, and The World Bank.


  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, Griffith Business School
  • 2006–2009
    Research Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland


  • 2009 
    The Australian National University, PhD Commerce
  • 2003 
    Keio University, Japan, Master of Arts
  • 1994 
    Chittagong University, Bangladesh, Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Honors)


  • 2011
    'Climate change and human security issues in the Asia-Pacific region' (with M McIntosh), In M Hossain and A Selvanathan (eds), Climate Change and Economic Growth in South Asia, Edward Elgar
  • 2011
    Reform Issues in Mineral Tax Policy for Economic Development: the MRRT in Australia, Bulletin for International Taxation, 65(1):1–25.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Understanding the Challenges towards Transitioning to a Low Carbon Sustainable Enterprise Economy
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    GBS Strategic Research Grant
  • 2010
    Improving CSR Standards in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Comparison of Malaysia and Australia
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Australia-Malaysia Institute grant via DFAT


The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship, 2001-2003ANU PhD Scholarship, 2003-2006Harvard Summer Scholar, 2011