Our expert staff
Essex Business School has a number of established research strengths in accounting, including:
- accounting in emerging economies
- sustainable accounting
- global development
- public sector accounting
- regulation and reporting
Our researchers make a significant impact on the lives of people all around the world, with past and current research projects covering five continents.
The experience and findings of our experts will feature throughout your teaching. For example, you’ll hear from Professor Kelum Jayasinghe, Professor of Accounting at Essex Business School.
Professor Jayasinghe’s research liaises with development practitioners and policy-makers for his work on sustainability in emerging economies. For example, some of his recent research will help the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka to formulate a new policy framework and accountability strategy that can be used by central and local governments, NGOs, and national and international agencies, in times of crisis.
Kelum is also Director of Employability Development at Essex Business School, meaning he is well-placed to support accounting students and graduates exploring their early career opportunities. Kelum’s academic career is complemented by three years of industrial experience in professional accounting and five years’ experience in providing consultancy services to private and public sector agencies.
Two research centres support the research activities taking place in the accounting group. They organise seminars by external invited speakers, Essex Business School staff and research students; co-ordinate workshop programmes; and schedule bi-annual conferences of international renown. These offer a further excellent opportunity for you to engage with the very latest research and ideas in the field of accounting.
The Essex Accounting Centre conducts distinctive world-class research, with a particular focus on accounting research applied in developing countries, including topics such as social responsibility and corporate governance; management accounting change; and corruption and accountability.
Our new interdisciplinary centre, the Centre for Accountability and Global Development (CAGD), is a dynamic hub for social justice research, with a particular focus on accountability across all sectors in both developed and emerging economies. The Centre contributes to impactful global development through rigorous research and engagement with the policy community, which complements the existing research strengths and expertise established within the Essex Accounting Centre.