Addressing accounting challenges and challenging accounting
The accounting group conducts world-class research in five key areas: Accounting, Accountability and Global Development; Publicness and Resilience: Environment, Climate Change and Vulnerability; Capital Markets, Audit, Regulation and Reporting; and Precarity, Exclusion and Social Justice.
We are home to an international community of academics and students. The group has established strengths in conducting world-class research in accounting from an interdisciplinary perspective. We draw our research, primarily on economics, sociology, law, management and organization, political theories, psychology and cultural studies.
In line with the research strategy of the University of Essex and of Essex Business School, particularly in terms of improving the impact and relevance of our research, and its aforementioned strengths, the Accounting group has identified a number of research streams for the coming years. These research streams are drawn from current and emerging social, environmental, political, economic and health issues or questions. For example, these issues are reflected in the following: themes set out by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contemporary debates on the role of transparency reforms, reporting initiatives (e.g. IASB Foundation; EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive), the future of the accounting and auditing profession, climate change, the role of the corporation (e.g. British Academy’s Future of the Corporation), widening socio-economic inequalities, equality, diversity and inclusion, the role of the State, and finally the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a group, we contend that accounting, reporting, financial technologies and governance mechanisms are deeply implicated in these issues.