Accounting and Society

The Accounting and Society Research Mobilisation Group undertakes impactful interdisciplinary research in the areas of accountability, governance, and performance management that meets the emerging agendas of the wider community of business, education and government.

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  • Research Themes

    Our main research themes include:

    • the political economy of accounting
    • social, environmental and ethical accountability and sustainability
    • accountability, governance, and performance management;
    • public sector accounting reforms;
    • data and analytics in accounting;
    • capital market-based accounting research;
    • corporate governance and executive compensation.

    The group has strong links with UK professional accountancy bodies. The research interests and initiatives of those bodies are embraced by the group to maximise the relevance of its research activities to accounting practice.

  • Members


    Galina Goncharenko (Research Mobiliser)

    Lecturer in Accounting

    Amanda Acintya

    Amanda Acintya

    Post Graduate Research Tutor


    Sami Adwan

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Peter Comber

    Teaching Fellow in Accounting


    Claire Edwards

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Mark Fisher

    Senior Lecturer in Accounting


    Angela Gao

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Hans Van Der Heijden

    Professor of Accounting


    Trevor Hopper

    Emeritus Professor, Accounting & Finance


    Sarada Krishnan

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Siwen Liu

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Chimutalanje Lwenje

    Research Student


    Sumohon Matilal

    Senior Lecturer in Accounting


    Makailla McConnell

    Teaching Fellow in Accountancy


    Seun Osituyo

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Susan Smith

    Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Associate Dean for Education and Students


    Rebecca Vine

    Lecturer in Accounting


    Matthew Walsh

    Senior Teaching Fellow in Accountancy

    Emil Zahrin Haji Ali

    PhD Student

    Sara Almaged

    PhD Student

  • Projects

    We’re involved in these projects:

  • Events
    • The NGO Research Day 2021 was organised by Galina Goncharenko and Tobias Polzer, giving NGO researchers a platform to discuss the impact of digitalisation on the non-profit sector.
    • The Group members, Tobias Polzer and Galina Goncharenko, participated in the Workshop “Research after COVID-19” in 2020 and presented their research on contact tracing apps, accountability and public governance in the UK during the pandemic. 
    • In 2020, the Group hosted a workshop of the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Perspectives on Accounting Journal, Professor Yves Gendron (University of Laval), entitled Staying True to Context.     
    • The ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019 event “#MeToo: A journey towards a harassment-free workplace” was organised by Galina Goncharenko. It included a panel debate with the representatives of Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Pensions Regulator, Survivior’s Network, Martin Searle Solicitors and the providers of harassment-reporting technology, Vault Platform and the Spot. The participants discussed how to tackle harassment in workplaces and launched the best practice guide. More information is available at the Annual Research Review and on the School’s YouTube Channel.     
    • The Paper Development Workshop 2019 was organised by the Group in collaboration with Jeremy Morales (King’s College London) and Rebecca Warren (University of Essex). Per Ahblom (LSE), David Twardowski Crvelin (HEC Paris), Galina Goncharenko (University of Sussex) and Tobias Polzer (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business) presented their research. The event facilitated academic engagement and helped the presenters to obtain constructive feedback on their work. As a result, all presented papers have been subsequently published in leading accounting journals. 

    The Accounting & Society group hold regular research seminars with internal and external speakers. Find out about the group's most recent seminars.


For any enquiries, email Galina Goncharenko:

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