An introduction to the Business School's Accounting and Finance Group, including a list of academic staff members, teaching, and research, plus details of the group's seminar series and projects.

Research in Accounting and Finance

Theodor Cojoianu discusses his research on the contribution of finance to sustainable development and its positive impact in shaping the economy of tomorrow.

Mathew Brander discusses his research on greenhouse gas accounting and its positive impact in addressing climate change.

Angelica Gonzalez discusses her research into the influence of gender composition in boards and top management teams on risk-taking and performance, challenging gender stereotypes.

The research interests of the Accounting and Finance Group connect with and inform theoretical and practitioner debates in the field. Our research culture is enhanced by a vibrant and integrated community of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, a seminar programme hosting leading academics, participation in international networks, and increasing links with practitioner communities. There is a strong interdisciplinary dimension to our work, involving collaboration with researchers within and beyond the group, the School, and the University.


This research stream focuses on the wider applications of accounting in society, as well as historical methods and strategies used by those practising in the profession.

Business and Climate Change

Issues considered in this area include facets of carbon accounting, finance, and management, such as the development of new standards.


Research topics in this group encompass issues including behavioural finance, asset pricing, corporate finance and governance, and aspects affecting financial markets and institutions.

Research Centres and Networks

Accounting and Popular Culture Research Network (APCRN)

This network acts as a research hub for accounting scholarship in the field of popular culture, offering a focal point for highlighting the work of scholars within the domain.

Discover the APCRN website
Culture, Accounting and Society Research Network (CASRN)

This centre aims to study how accounting impacts on the management and governance of organisations, and the definition of economic and social relationships.

Visit the CASRN website
Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability (B-CCaS)

The B-CCaS aims to identify the likely impact of climate change and policy for the business community, and the role companies play in helping society mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Visit the B-CCaS website
Institute for Public Sector Accounting Research (IPSAR)

IPSAR aims to promulgate principles and practices for best accounting in the public sector. IPSAR also edits the journal Financial Accountability and Management.

Visit the IPSAR website

Seminar series

Accounting and Finance seminar series

The Accounting and Finance seminar series provides a platform for sharing cutting edge research in finance and accounting, exchanging ideas between academics at the University of Edinburgh and other universities around the world.

Accounting and Finance seminar series


The group benefits from numerous database subscriptions, including Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Datastream, Eikon, Morningstar Direct, SNL Financial, and Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) which features, among others, access to Boardex, Compustat, CRSP, and Sustainalytics data.

View full list of database subscriptions


There are a number of conferences related to the accounting and finance group and the University of Edinburgh Business School, including the Edinburgh Corporate Finance Conference (ECFC) and the interdisciplinary New Public Sector (NPS) Seminars.

Details of upcoming and past conferences

Funded research projects

BHP Iron and Steel Sector CCS Project

This research will generate an important case study of the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in a major sector (the steel industry) in a developing country (China).

Financing CCS

Details of additional past and present funded research projects involving Accounting and Finance are detailed on the Edinburgh Research Explorer.

View projects on Edinburgh Research Explorer