School of Business and Management

Accounting and Accountability Research Group: PhD Scholars Conference 2019

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10 June 2019

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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In this one day meeting, accounting PhD scholars will have an opportunity to present their work to a panel of eminent accounting academics and receive helpful feedback. Students will receive friendly advice on their subject, research approach and methodology. The one-day conference is also an opportunity to network with other PhD students. All submissions will be subject to review and places are limited.  

Last date for submissions: 17 May 2019

Last date for registering to attend the conference: 31 May 2019


Keynote Speaker

Professor Keith Robson
Professor of Cost Accounting and Theories of Management Control, HEC (Paris)

Professor Robson has authored and co-authored three books, seven chapters in edited collections and over 35 articles in academic accounting, management and organization studies journals. He is an Editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society, former associate editor of British Accounting Review, and serves on the boards of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, International Journal of Auditing, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Organizational Change, and the British Accounting Review.

His research interests include performance measures and diffusion; socio-political studies of accounting regulation; the profession, professional firms and professionalization; management control in schools; auditing methodologies. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), European Accounting Association (EAA), and is Doctoral Alumnus of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Doctoral Consortium (as the BAA nominee), and of the European Accounting Association Doctoral Colloquium. He has held a Research Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Keith is now a co-organizer of the Doctoral Colloquium of the European Accounting Association.  

He has held posts at Aberystwyth University, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), University of Manchester and Cardiff University. taught management accounting at various levels at Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Manchester. He is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Business School. At HEC he is currently teaching cost accounting (HEC Master of Science in Management - Grande École), and theories of management control (HEC doctoral program). He supervises one PhD student at HEC Paris and two at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. 

Panel Members

Professor Jill Atkins
Professor of Financial Management, Sheffield University Management School

Professor Atkins holds a Chair in Financial Management at Sheffield University Management School and is also a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She previously worked as a professor at Henley Business School and King’s College London. Her research focuses on responsible investment, stakeholder accountability, social accounting, integrated reporting and corporate governance. Jill chairs the British Accounting & Finance Association’s Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance and enjoys organising conferences which bring together governance specialists from the academia, corporate and investor communities. She has recently co-edited a book on The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility as part of a long-term project investigating the role of accounting and responsible investment in preserving biodiversity and addressing the impacts of climate change on business. Jill’s leading textbook, Corporate Governance and Accountability, is in its 4th edition.

Professor Giovanna Michelon
Professor of Accounting, Exeter University

Professor Michelon joined the Business School in May 2013. She was formerly at the University of Padova (Italy), at the Department of Economics and Management, where she also obtained her PhD in Economics and Management. Giovanna has worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK), Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and University of Central Florida (Orlando, USA). She is currently serving as Editor in Chief of the EAA Accounting Research Centre, Co-Editor of Accounting Forum and a member of the CSEAR council. Giovanna’s work mainly relates to corporate social responsibility and governance and it has been published in leading academic journals such as European Accounting Review, Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, the British Journal of Management and the Journal of Business Ethics. Giovanna’s research focus is at the interface between corporate governance and social responsibility; broadly this involves: building upon a stakeholder-oriented approach to governance; investigating how governance shapes firms’ social responsible activities and reporting practices; understanding the business case for CSR and exploring the role of CSR information for market participants and other stakeholders. She has recently been looking at the effects and implications of shareholders’ demands for CSR


We welcome submissions from doctoral students at any stage of their PhD. Your presentation might focus on your theoretical approach and the literature that you are sourcing, your research design, or you may already have results to share. Please upload a summary of the work that you intend to present (4-8 pages) or a full paper (if available).

A word copy of your submission needs to be submitted to the following address: 

Last Date for submission: 17 May 2019


Event contact: Alicia George: