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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.

How are organisations governed? What determines their performance and governance arrangements? What are the risk factors facing modern organisations? And how do we build capacity for the future through superannuation and wealth management?

Research programs and groups

Details about our researchers and their areas of expertise:

Business School research

Our researchers are part of the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School and collaborate widely for cross-disciplinary research.

Find out more about joining us as a research student or acadamic:


Research excellence

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:
  • 3 (world standard)
ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.


We are highly successful in obtaining nationally competitive grants such as Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage.  We also receive significant funds through government and industry partnerships.

Between 2010 and 2013, we received approximately $1.25 million in research funds.


Our research is published in quality journals, academic books and conference proceedings. Browse our publications:



This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Student topics

Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.


International linkages

Researchers have linkages with researchers at:

  • Grenoble University, France
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Massey University, New Zealand
  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  • IE Business School, Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Financial Services Council
  • Q Super


We measure our success by the effect our research has on the real world.  Here are some examples of how our projects are making an impact.

Women in corporate governance

Female directors make up only 18% of Australia's top company boards, and 10% of external auditors. Professor Ellie Chapple and her research collaborators are finding out why, and how to increase female participation at the top level.

Multinationals and aggressive tax planning

Multinationals can legally avoid tax on profits made from activities in developing nations. Professor Kerrie Sadiq is working with the International Centre for Tax and Development ways to address this problem.

QUT Business School research office