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Essex Accounting Centre

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Read our latest accounting research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.

Essex Accounting Centre produces theoretical and empirical research at the forefront of the field of accounting. Our work is interdisciplinary, drawing on religion, sociology, law, politics, government and organisational studies to inform public policy and solve real-work problems for organisations across the globe in the private, public and third sectors.

We have strong links with professional accountancy bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). Our research has been supported by a number of grants from organisations, such as the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). We also work closely with British Accounting and Finance Association special interest group, Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies, as well as the Centre for Global Accountability.

Our work

We publish cutting-edge research across four broad themes:

  • Accounting and economic development

    We are at the leading-edge of national and international research into the specific accounting problems currently faced in emerging economies.

    Working alongside the British Accounting Association special interest group Accounting in Emerging Economies, we emphasise the distinctiveness of conditions facing these nations and the need for solutions which do not simply emulate those of industrialised countries.

  • Accounting in the public and third sectors

    This broad area includes research into:

    • management accounting practices
    • accounting information systems and performance measurement
    • management in the public sector in the UK and elsewhere
    • social accounting and accountability issues within religious and voluntary organisations
    • the cultural-political role of accounting language and rhetoric

  • Regulation

    We study the interactions between regulation - be it from the stock market, the profession or the law - and accounting and accountancy. We explore the following:

    • financial accounting - research that examines the role of accounting in providing information for investors and other participants of the capital market
    • capital market based accounting - an area that integrates closely with finance
    • corporate governance - examining the way firms are governed, both in terms of how this impacts a firm’s performance and shareholders and the way it affects society at large
    • auditing - exploring the relationship between auditors and accounting, focusing on audit quality and innovations in the audit process

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

    We explore a wide range of issues in CSR theory and practice, both in the UK and internationally. We aim to contribute to the current understanding of CSR from multidisciplinary and global perspectives and inform public policy. We study contemporary corporate practices (at both micro and macro level) and examine their implications for society.

Upcoming events

We run regular seminars as part of our many research activities.

You can see all of our department's events in our calendar.

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