Irma Malafronte
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Irma is a Reader in Accounting and Finance and a member of the Accounting, Finance, Economics & Governance (AFEG) Subject Group at Roehampton Business School. She is the MBA Director at the Faculty of Business and Law. Before joining the Business School in March 2016, she worked at University of Roma Tre, University of Naples Parthenope and Link Campus University in Italy. She has also been a visiting scholar at LUISS University (Italy).

Irma holds a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy), for which she obtained a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Education through a competitive selection process. Prior to joining the PhD programme, she completed with distinction an MSc degree in Business Management and Control, and a UG degree in Business Management, for which she was awarded scholarships.

Research interests

Irma is an active researcher. Her research interests are in the field of accounting and finance, with a focus on the evolution of corporate reporting, companies’ disclosure practices, its determinants, and effects. Specifically, her research focuses on integrated reporting, sustainability reporting, ESG performance, risk disclosure, and market discipline. Irma's work has been published in international and national peer-reviewed journals and she has co-authored for Palgrave Macmillan the first book on Solvency II. Her work has also been regularly presented at a number of international conferences.

She has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as The British Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Services Research, International Review of Financial Analysis, Meditari Accountancy Research, Review of Accounting and Finance, Applied Financial Economics.

Irma's work has attracted external funding. Currently, she is working on a research project exploring the role of ESG performance as a driver of value creation, funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)'s General Charitable Trust. She has also been principal investigator on a research project funded by CIMA on the role of corporate culture in the choice of integrated reporting.

Irma is currently supervising three PhD students at Roehampton Business School, and has supervised one PhD student to completion.


Irma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) of the Chartered Association of Business Schools. She is an advocate of research-informed teaching, and she regularly brings outcomes and examples from her research and external engagement into the classroom.

As MBA Director at the Faculty of Business and Law, she provides academic leadership of the Business School's highly successful suite of MBA programmes. She is a member of the Faculty's senior management team and work closely with the Deputy Dean for Education and the Subject Heads to ensure excellence in the programme delivery and portfolio development. 

Irma has experience as Programme Link Tutor (Programme Convener) for UG/PG/MBA programmes offered through collaborative partnerships. Over the years, Irma’s teaching has contributed to several Accounting and Finance modules in the Business School, including: Management Accounting Techniques (Level 5), Corporate Finance (Level 6), Financial Performance Management (Level 7), Introduction to Finance and Accounting for Managers (Level 4), Extended Academic Induction (Level 4), and Academic Guidance Tutoring (circa 40 students). She has also experience in teaching on Financial Intermediaries and Institutions, Banking and Insurance.

Irma has been a member of the Learning and Teaching Quality Group at Roehampton University Business School. She has experience as external examiner in several UK universities.

Research projects

Irma’s research on “The role of corporate culture in the choice of corporate reporting” (with Busco, C., Pereira, J.) has been funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)'s General Charitable Trust, Jan 2018 – Jun 2019 (as Principal Investigator).

Irma’s research on “ESG reporting as a driver of value creation” has been funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)'s General Charitable Trust, Nov 2022 – Sep 2023 (as Principal Investigator).


Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE), Chartered Association of Business Schools

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (D2) and R4NA course, University of Roehampton

SEDA PhD Supervisor, University of Roehampton

PhD Banking and Finance (with distinction), University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

MSc Management and Firm Audit (with distinction), University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy

BSc Business Management (with distinction), University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy


Professional affiliations

British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) - since 2019

Associazione Docenti Economia Intermediari Mercati Finanziari (ADEIMF) - since 2011

Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA) - since 2016 

European Accounting Association (EAA) - since 2017 

Financial Engineering and Banking Society (FEBS) - since 2015

Qualified Chartered Accountant, auditor and tax consultant (ODCEC) - since 2014

External positions

External Examiner University of West London, Claude Littner Business School


External Examiner Lincoln International Business School


European Accounting Association - Virtual Activities Committee


External Examiner Buckinghamshire New University


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