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Applied accounting research

Explore our work in applied accounting, one of our 4 areas of research in Accounting

A strong accounting profession and effective management of financial resources are essential to financial stability and economic development. Globalisation and recent financial crises have further highlighted the importance of enhancing the quality of accounting practices.

Our Applied Accounting and Financial Management research aims to investigate the behaviours, actions and responses of both providers and users of accounting information. In doing so, our work sets out to improve standards across the accounting and financial management field, and to stimulate debate within it.

In this area, we aim to study problems and issues related to the implementation and application of high quality standards, codes and best practices. Furthermore, advances in information technology is another issue that affects the practices of accounting and financial management.

Our research covers the following key topics

  • Financial reporting and auditing
  • Big data accounting
  • Performance measurement
  • Capital market based research

Our research makes use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods – including content analysis, archival analysis, regressions, structural equation models, linguistic analysis, questionnaire, interviews and experiments.

Funding and collaborations

Recent research projects have been funded by major organisations, such as The British Academy, Financial Reporting Council, British Council, Economic History Society bursary, Food Standards Agency and the UK Innovate.

Much of our research is collaborative and cross-disciplinary in nature – and recent projects have seen us work in partnership with the University's School of Creative Technologies.



  • The potential effects of IFRS 17 on the transparency and financial stability of insurance companies: evidence from an emerging capital market – Tarek Abdelfattah received a research grant from King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), equivalent to £10,500, for this project.
  • UK-Russian Workshop on Current Issues in Corporate Reporting – Khaled Hussainey, Karen McBride and Roza Sagitova have won a fund of £48,412 from the British Council to organise a workshop at the University, from 1 June-31 December 2019
  • An economic model for the Cost of Food Crime – Lisa Jack, Adam Cox, Ansgar Wohlschegel (Economics and Finance) and Edward Smart (Technology) have won a tender of around £30,000 from the Food Standards Agency to carry out this project into food crime

Publication highlights


In 2017, we hosted the 5th European Research Conference, a prestigious gathering of experts in the field of Microfinance.

Discover our areas of expertise

Applied accounting and financial management is one of our 4 areas of expertise in our Accounting research area. Explore the others below.

Interested in a PhD in Accounting?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Accounting postgraduate research degrees page.


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