Accounting Department Research at the AUT Business School

Excellence In Accounting Research

Our Accounting Department within the AUT Business School is home to a vibrant and diverse community of active and internationally recognised scholars. Our staff members continually strive to publish high level research in leading international journals and maintain administration of international accounting journals.

Our department staff act as editors, co- and guest-editors and editorial board members to several well-known and highly rated international accounting journals including:

  • Accounting and Business Research (Prof Chris Van Staden - Associate Editor)
  • International Journal of Accounting (Prof Asheq Rahman - Co-Editor)
  • Pacific Accounting Review (Prof Asheq Rahman - Co-Editor)
  • Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management (Prof Deryl Northcott - Co-Editor)
  • Accounting Education: an international journal (Dr Paul Wells - Associate Editor)

Each of the journals make a distinctive contribution to accounting theory and practice in the international arena.

In addition, many staff have authored scholarly books which have been published by major international publishing houses, as well as several leading textbooks in accounting and taxation.

Research Focus

The Department undertakes research on fundamental issues of accounting affecting the business community and regulatory authorities. In particular our research focus embraces:

  • Accounting Education
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Assurance
  • Corporate Accounting and Reporting
  • Managerial Accounting and Reporting
  • Sustainability Accounting and Accountability
  • Taxation

Student Involvement

We actively involve students in our research and welcome any students who would like to get an impression of how exciting research is carried out and those who might be thinking about starting an academic career. Our aim is to provide students with a pathway through undergraduate and postgraduate studies with research assignments that relate to each other.

Every student is welcome to contact any staff member from our department in order to find a suitable research topic related to accounting. A list of currently open master's thesis and PhD topics is available on Postgraduate Research Topics.


The relevance of our research agenda is reflected in our involvement in several research projects, in our substantial research consultancies with industry and government, and our active engagement with professional practice. Our staff members are actively involved as members of the AFAANZ Board, CPA Australia New Zealand Council and New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Research Resources

The Accounting department uses state-of-the-art technology to carry out cutting edge research. The resources include access to the following databases:

  • Bloomberg
  • Datastream
  • Compustat

Contact the accounting department

Leslee Burtton
Department Co-ordinator
Phone: +064 9 921 9999 ext 6991

Last updated: 21-Apr-2017 10.35am

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