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Welcome to our Department

Over the past few years our research has been published in a range of quality journals. Subjects include financial reporting and disclosure, auditing quality, corporate governance, corporate ownership structure, public accounting, management accounting, social and environmental accounting, the accountancy profession, accounting history, Islamic accounting and accounting education.

We also look to increase understanding of the social, economic and political interactions arising through the practice of accounting and auditing. And, through collaboration with leading firms, we are closing the gap that has emerged between academic accounting research and the real world of accountancy practice.


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As the financial landscape shifts, we are looking for ways to both understand and respond to changes in accounting.

Professor Laurence Ferry
Head of Accounting

What's new?


Complete University Guide 2023 undergraduate subject rankings

The Complete University Guide (CUG) published subject level tables of the School’s undergraduate subjects featuring three subjects in the top ten. Both Accounting and Finance and Marketing have made the top three nationally, while Economics has risen an impressive 10 places to 6th.
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Alumni 20 year reunion

MBA Alumni return to Durham to celebrate their delayed 20-year reunion
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New Executive Dean to lead Business School

Professor Catherine (Cathy) Cassell has been appointed to the position of Executive Dean of Durham University Business School. She joins the University on 1 September 2022, taking over from Professor Kieran Fernandes, Interim Executive Dean.
New Executive Dean Announcement

Mismanagement of diversity and inclusion initiatives risks excluding staff

New research reveals that the diversity and inclusion efforts employed by organisations can have the adverse effect of alienating employees when employers fail to consider the needs and perspectives of all staff.
Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Executive Education Director Q&A: Christos Tsinopoulos, Durham University Business School

Newly appointed in his role as Associate Dean for External Engagement at Durham University Business School, Professor Christos Tsinopoulos is responsible for leading and implementing the School’s outreach and executive-education strategy. Please note: this article was first published in The Economist.
Professor Christos Tsinopoulos

Cryptocurrency returns are immune to monetary policy spillovers

Cryptocurrency returns are immune to spillovers caused by changing international monetary policies, according to new research from the School. The researchers also state that cryptocurrencies may offer a variety of benefits as a digital asset.
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Does terrorism affect the mergers and acquisitions of companies close by?

This is the question a recent study by Professor Dimitris Petmezas and colleagues from Manchester Alliance Business School and Surrey Business School sought to answer.
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London most productive region in the UK

London is over 50% more productive than any other region in the UK, according to new research at the School.
London most productive region in the UK

Upcoming events

MIB in-person seminar with Professor Carlos Sousa

Wednesday 29 June 2022 - Wednesday 29 June 2022
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Room 223, Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham
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CEMAP Workshop: International Capital Flows: Causes and Policy Responses

Tuesday 5 July 2022 - Tuesday 5 July 2022
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Room 405, Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham
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MIB PhD Networking Seminar

Friday 8 July 2022 - Friday 8 July 2022
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room 223, Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham
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Durham DBA - Online Information Session

Wednesday 13 July 2022 - Wednesday 13 July 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Durham Castle

Our Research Centres

Our active research centres deliver impactful research across the accounting world informing policy and changing business practice.

El Shaarani Centre for Ethical Finance, Accountability and Governance

The EEFAG Centre conducts empirical research on Ethics, Finance, Governance & Accountability.

International Centre of Public Accountability

International Centre of Public Accountability (ICOPA) aims to address issues around accountability and transparency across all sectors.
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Our PhD Programme

Our programme gives you the opportunity to combine rigorous academic theory with research to influence the world of business and make a unique contribution to your field of study.

Explore Our PhD Programme PhD Scholarships Available