To us accounting means more than cutting costs and managing transactions. It’s vital for ensuring accountability by encouraging sound, ethical decision making.
We’re home to world-class researchers and academics and we are ranked in the top 200 for Accounting and Finance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022). The University of Essex is also top 150 for Business and Economics in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023, which makes us top 25 in the UK for Business and Economics in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
We belong to the Social Sciences Faculty within the University, meaning we have strong connections with other departments and can supervise innovative interdisciplinary projects. We support our PhD students to design and conduct the research project they choose, rather than telling them to complete it in a particular way.
We’re pleased to be able to offer a number of integrated PhDs, for students who have a strong research proposal but who do not have previous research or Masters-level study experience.
Our Research Groups and Centres
- Essex Accounting Group
The accounting group conducts world-class research in five key areas: Accounting, Accountability and Global Development; Publicness and Resilience: Environment, Climate Change and Vulnerability; Capital Markets, Audit, Regulation and Reporting; and Precarity, Exclusion and Social Justice.
- BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies
We carry out research across the fields of accounting and finance, with a focus on developing economies.
- Centre for Accountability and Global Development (CAGD)
We advance interdisciplinary research in the field of accountability across all sectors, in both developed and emerging economies.
- Essex Accounting Centre
Our work is interdisciplinary, drawing on religion, sociology, law, politics, government and organisational studies to inform public policy and solve real-work problems for organisations across the globe in the private, public and third sectors.