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Accounting and Auditing

What does the Accounting and Auditing group do?

We explore connections across accounting, education and the profession, seeking out ways to promote excellence in research globally, enhance research-led education and influence practice in Accounting, Governance, Social Responsibility and Management/Accounting education.

With its wide range of courses, including a programme that is highly regarded by the profession and a leading transnational accountancy firm, Durham University Business School is the perfect environment for our cross-disciplinary research. We work together with various disciplines to publish research of the highest quality.

What’s more, being based here means we are able to communicate research and influence practice through Business School programmes (20% of 2014 REF).

Influential thinking

We set out to improve accounting and related practices through our research-led programmes. Some areas of particular interest include enhancing the completeness and credibility of financial and non-financial information and exploring the socio-economic impact of different types of information.

Looking ahead, our research scope will continue to be shaped by a variety of interests consistent with the group’s broad focus. These include financial reporting and disclosure, auditing quality, corporate governance, corporate ownership structure, public accounting, social and environmental accounting, the accountancy profession and accounting education.

We will support the Business School strategy through strengthening postgraduate research recruitment and working with students on our research.


  • Conducting high quality research leading to publication in international journals, including multi-disciplinary research with academics in other departments in Durham and beyond
  • Attracting research funding
  • Organising an annual conference and a PhD symposium
  • Hosting international conferences in the areas of accounting, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and management/accounting education
  • Building partnerships with other national and international research centres and groups
  • Recruiting active research fellows to the group
  • Running an active programme of research seminars and guest speakers
  • Collaborating with industry through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) activities
  • Establishing a visiting academics programme

Recent Research

Paul Druckman on integrated reporting

Integrated Reporting

A series of videos in which Dr Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting interviews Paul Druckman, CEO of the IIRC about: social and environmental sustainability; value creation; the role of corporate reporting; the role of business schools; and the future of corporate reporting.

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Sustainability through corporate reporting and environmental accountability

In July 2013 ACCA brought together academics with a special interest in environmental reporting at a roundtable discussion at the Business School.

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PhD by research

Visiting Academic Programme

Research Seminars