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We take pride in conducting world-class research that is relevant to professionals, students, colleagues and the community. Our research culture encourages and supports staff to undertake research and publish the results. We focus on two areas of research:

  • Accountability, regulation and governance: Our research covers contemporary issues that face business professionals, accountants and financial managers in today's rapidly changing organisations, in both private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Nonprofit and social enterprise: The research in this area is at the cutting edge of the problems that face society today. How do organisations address sustainability, not only for themselves, but also for society?

Our centres and groups

Auditing and Financial Reporting

We seek to provide a better understanding of external reporting – financial and non-financial, mandatory and voluntary – and the role of auditing and assurance services in enhancing business performance and quality.

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Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

We help individuals, groups, organisations, and stakeholder networks innovate and strategise: to leverage their capabilities, adapt to change and encourage growth and prosperity.

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Corporate and Behavioural Governance

We investigate the human aspects of how corporations and organisations are controlled, including the impact of government practices on capital markets, firm performance, and financial reporting quality.

Not-for-profit accounting and accountability research group

Our focus is the accountability dynamics of the not-for-profit sector, with an emphasis on accounting, financial and non-financial reporting, and the regulation of the sector.

Accounting for Social Change

We seek to answer how businesses and regulators can best respond to social change, innovate and adapt to enable economic growth, and improve reporting and accountability to stakeholders.

Our topics and projects

Vacation research experience scheme

Master of Philosophy


Research seminar series

Our research seminar series features prominent national and international business academics, presenting in the areas of accountancy and business law. These seminars are a great tool to develop research, and an opportunity to network with other researchers.

2018 presenters and topics

2 March: Strategic insider trading around earnings announcements in Australia, presented by Dr Dean Katselas, ANU College of Business Economics, Australian National University.

23 March: Auditing and financial reporting, presented by Professor Steven Cahan, Business School, University of Auckland.

20 April: Management accounting/Cost of carbon, presented by Dr Binh Bui, School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington.

4 May: Corporate governance/Corporate social responsibility, presented by Assistant Professor Nam Tran, Melbourne Business School.

3 August: Accounting education - pedagogy, presented by Dr Gillian Vesty, School of Accounting, RMIT University.

17 August:Financial accounting, auditing and corporate governance, presented by Dr Chris Adrian, Department of Accounting, Monash University.

31 August: Auditing, nonprofit accounting, governance and regulation, presented by Professor David Gilchrist, Accounting and Finance, University of Western Australia.

14 September:Contemporary management accounting practices, presented by Associate Professor Paul Andon, University of New South Wales.

5 October:Accounting education, presented by Professor Phil Hancock, University of Western Australia.

2017 presenters and topics

Governing the poor: Evidence from New Zealand's Tax and Welfare Systems, presented by Associate Professor Lisa Marriott, Victoria University, New Zealand.

University-community engagement: Reflections on a work experience project, prestented by Dr Dianne McGrath, Charles Sturt University.

Controlling for risk: From board appetite to individual proclivity, presented by Professor Michael Davern, The University of Melbourne.

What drives trustee-director compensation in Australian superannuation funds? Presented by Dr Kevin Liu, University of New South Wales.

Scotland Scientific management and accountability through the efficient office: Visualising theoretical debates, presented by Distinguished Professor Lee Parker, RMIT University and Glasgow University.

How does international experience lead to higher levels of cultural intelligence? A qualitative study using accounting academics teaching transnationally. Presented by Professor Brendan O'Connell, RMIT University.

Multidimensional diversity in adult teams, presented by Associate Professor Bryan Howieson, University of Adelaide.

Prospectus forecast errors and mandatory explanations: Evidence from New Zealand, presented by Professor David Hay IPO.

Is there a business case for culture and gender diversity on corporate boards? Presented by Associate Professor Shireenjit K Johl, Deakin University.

Corruption and microfinance: A case study of Grameen Bank, presented by Dr Sharod Khandaker, Swinburne University of Technology.

2016 presenters and topics

Thriving on Digital Economy, presented by Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, Distinguished PwC Chair Digital Economy.

Regulating audit quality via inspections and checklists: impact on auditor commitment and turnover intentions. Presented by Professor Robyn Moroney, Monash University.

Ireland Internal Controls in Euphoric and Recessive Economic Environments: A Longitudinal Study, presented by Professor Pall Rikhardsson, School of Business, Reykjavik University.

An Enigma Set to Remain a Fizzer? On the Absence of Social and Environmental Reporting in New Zealand. Presented by Professor Markus Milne, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Accountants’ views of their intra-organisational communication challenges and strategies: a not-for-profit sector perspective. Presented by Dr Lyn Daff, University of Southern Queensland.

The impact of the financial and tax audit regimes on audit characteristics, audit-client relationships, and audit quality and efficiency. Presented by Associate Professor Maria Dyball, University of Sydney.

Involuntary disclosure of intellectual capital: Is it relevant? Presented by Associate Professor Johannes Dumay, Macquarie University.

Whistleblowing, Audit Fees, and Internal Control Deficiencies, presented by Dr Gladys Lee, University of Melbourne.

Directors network and accruals quality in Malaysia, presented by Dr Abdul Wahab, Curtin University.

Visiting academics

Upcoming 2018 visitors

  • Professor Ferdinand Gul Deakin University
  • Dr Gabriel Pereira Pundrich Bocconi University, Italy
  • Professor Steven Cahan University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dr Gayathri Gunatilake Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • Professor William Q. Judge, E.V. Williams Chair of Strategic Leadership Strome College of Business, USA
  • Professor Niamh Brennan University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Dr Lily Chen University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Associate Professor Sergeja Slapnicar University of Llubljana, Slovenia

2017 visitors

  • 30 January to 7 February: Professor David Lont, Otago University, New Zealand
  • 1-15 March: Dr Simon Tan, Kings College, United Kingdom
  • 1-6 May: Professor Craig Deegan, RMIT University
  • 31 March to 14 April: Dr Jodie Moll, Manchester University, United Kingdom
  • 4-7 July: Professor Adrian Sawyer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 6-19 August: Professor Rick Krever, University of Western Australia
  • 12-31 August: Assistant Professor Iman Harymawan, City University, Hong Kong
  • 21 August to 1 September: Dr Dean Katselas, Australian National University
  • 4-15 September: Professor David Hay, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 6-11 November: Professor Blanaid Clarke, Trinity College Dublin/McCann Fitzgerald Chair in Corporate Law, Ireland
  • 1-15 October: Associate Professor Cindy Durtschi, Driehaus College of Business, De Paul University, USA
  • 29-31 October: Associate Professor Millicent Chang, University of Western Australia
  • 30 October to 4 November: Associate Professor James Routledge, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • 11-15 December: Professor Dorota Dobija, Kozminski University, Poland
  • 2017 Executive in Residence: Bernard Curran, BDO Partner

Contact us

If you’re interested in researching or collaborating with us, contact us.