The Accountancy Discipline at the University of Aberdeen carries out cutting-edge interdisciplinary accounting research that displays global excellence in its research outputs. The Discipline has strengths in key five areas:

  • Sustainability Accounting, Accountability and Transparency
  • Accounting History 
  • Financial Reporting 
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Accounting Education

The discipline, at present, has two leading research projects on modern slavery-related corporate transparency and accountability, funded by AHRC and GCRF-Scottish Funding Council. Accounting academics have published research in leading journals including; Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting, Organisation and Society; Accounting Review; British Journal of Management; Critical Perspective of Accounting; Journal of Business Ethics; The British Accounting Review. The accounting researchers also have strong links with the Finance, Economics and Management departments, using cross-disciplinary theories and methodologies to address relevant issues in the sustainability accounting and financial reporting areas.

The Discipline’s core research culture is enriched by its inclusive community of PhD students, early career researchers and mentoring academics, a seminar series hosting leading local and international academics, organising academic conferences on accounting, society and the environment and organising engagement & impact events with practitioners and local community members. The Discipline of Accounting is home to the new research centre, the Centre for Governance, Accountability, and Sustainability. The Discipline’s reach is global: research collaborations are currently underway with international institutions and researchers based in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, and the USA to name but a few.


  • Accounting Education
  • Accounting History
  • Anti-corruption and Transparency
  • Climate Change and Emission Accounting and Disclosures
  • Gender and Accounting
  • Human Rights Accounting and Accountability
  • Modern Slavery Accounting and Accounatbility
  • Public Sector Accounting and Management
  • Sustainability Disclosures and Transparency

Please look at the profiles of our Accounting academics for more details.

Professor M. Azizul Islam, Director of Research for Accounting

Dr Nglaa Ahmad, Postgraduate Research (PGR) Coordinator for Accounting

Accounting Research Seminar Series

External Guest Seminars
Speaker Affiliation Topic Date

Professor Ian Thomson

Dundee University

Developing accounting for sustainable development through a consideration of interconnectivity


Professor Lee Parker

University of Glasgow

Third Sector Crisis Management and Resilience: Reflections and Directions


Professor Chandana Alawattage

University of Glasgow

Strategic Management Accounting: Teaching/Learning as a Social Science


Professor Stephen Walker

University of Edinburgh

Accounting and Racial Violence in the Postbellum American South


Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen

University of Essex

A futile exercise of transparency? The case of UK Political Party Accounts


Professor Lee Parker

University of Glasgow

The office as a site of management control: Historical representation through the medium of film


Professor Jim Haslam

Durham University

Social Housing, Financialization and Accounting: reflections from the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil


Christopher Napier

Royal Holloway University, London

Innovation in accounting historiography: Where to from here?


Dr Sebastian Tideman

Exeter University

Capital Market Reactions to Managerial Framing of Emerging Strategic Issues


Professor Ileana Steccolini and Dr Jaromir June

University of Essex

A users’ perspective on Evaluative Infrastructure in Schools: From assessing reading skills to opening up new worlds and unveiling new identities


Professor Ian Thomson

University of Birmingham

Are Normalised Greenhouse Gas Disclosure Usable? The Case of Water and Sewage Companies in England and Wales – 2007/8 -2018/9


Professor Aatur Belal

University of Sheffield

Organisational Management of Institutional Complexity: The Emergence of Sustainability Reporting in a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise


Dr Karen McBride

Portsmouth University

‘Fumifugium: Or the Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoake of London Dissipated’: Emancipatory social accounting in 17th century London



Internal Seminars
Speaker Topic Date
Dr Naser Makarem Policy Uncertainty and Real Activities Manipulation: Evidence from Brexit 28/02/2024