Professor Chris van Staden

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Professor of Accounting

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 6524



  • B. Com(Hon)
  • M. Com
  • D. Com
  • C. A.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research


Dr Chris van Staden is a Professor of Accounting at the Auckland University of Technology. He teaches courses in Financial Accounting, Social and Environmental Accounting and Research Methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research focuses on the disclosure of financial information, especially environmental and social disclosures. He has published in international refereed accounting and management journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Journal of Management, European Accounting Review, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, British Accounting Review, the Journal of Cleaner Production, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting and Finance, Accounting Forum, the Australian Accounting Review and Pacific Accounting Review, amongst others.


Chris regularly presents his research at international conferences, including the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) annual conferences, the Asia–Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conferences, and the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research conferences. Chris also presents his research at seminars at Australian and European universities.


Chris serves on the AFAANZ board and has been the co-chair of the Technical Committee for the 2014 and 2015 AFAANZ conferences and is the New Zealand President elect. Chris is an associate editor for Accounting and Business Research and serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting and Finance, Accounting Forum and Meditari Accounting Research. He also reviews papers for a whole range of international journals.

Teaching Areas:

  • Social and environmental accounting and accountability
  • Financial accounting and reporting

Research Areas:

  • Social and environmental reporting
  • Accounting and accountability for sustainability
  • Integrated reporting

Current Research Projects:

  • Assessing the influence of political events on the disclosure of a company - 80 years of the history of the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa.
  • Social Business project.
  • Conflict minerals project

  • PhD and Masters Supervision opportunities:
  • I welcome requests for supervision of post graduate research projects (PhD and Masters level) in the areas of Social and environmental reporting, Accounting and accountability for Sustainability and Integrated reporting.


Chris has more than 50 research publications. The following is a selection of recent and important publications:

1.  Alrazi, B., De Villiers, C.J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2016). The environmental disclosures of the electricity generation industry: a global perspective. Accounting and Business Research, In Press. (A)

2.  Cahan, S.F., De Villiers, C., Jeter, D.C., Naiker, V. and Van Staden, C. (2015). Are CSR Disclosures Value Relevant? Cross-Country Evidence. European Accounting Review,  (A*)

3.  Alrazi, B., De Villiers, C.J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2015). Framework for the Integration of Environmental Legitimacy, Accountability and Proactivity (ELAP). Journal of Cleaner Production, 102:45-57. (A)

4.  Clayton, B.M. and Van Staden, C.J. (2015). The impact of social influence pressure on the ethical reasoning of professional accountants: Australian and New Zealand evidence. Australian Accounting Review, 27(3): 282-303. (B)

5.  Haller, A. and Van Staden, C.J. (2014) The Value Added Statement – An Appropriate Instrument for Integrated Reporting. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27(7): 1190–1216. (A*)

6.  De Villiers, C.J., Naiker, V. and Van Staden, C.J. (2011). The Effect of Board Characteristics on Firm Environmental Performance. Journal of Management, 37(6): 1636–1663. (A*)

7.  De Villiers, C. and Van Staden, C.J. (2011). Where firms choose to disclose voluntary environmental information. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 30(6): 504–525. (A)

8.  Hooks, J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2011). Evaluating environmental disclosures: the relationship between quality and extent measures. British Accounting Review, 43(3): 200–213. (A)

9.  Coetzee, C. and Van Staden, C.J. (2011). Disclosure Responses to Mining Accidents: South African Evidence. Accounting Forum, 35(4): 232–246. (B)

10. De Villiers, C.J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2010). Shareholders’ requirements for corporate environmental disclosures: a cross country comparison. British Accounting Review, 42(4): 227–240. (A)

11. Cahan, S.F. and Van Staden, C.J. (2009). Black economic empowerment, legitimacy and accounting disclosures: evidence from post-apartheid South Africa, Accounting & Finance, 49(1): 37-58. (A)

12. Van Staden, C.J. and Heslop, J. (2009). Implications of applying a private sector based reporting model to not-for-profit entities: the treatment of charitable distributions by charities in New Zealand. Australian Accounting Review, 19(1): 42-53. (B)

13. Van Staden, C.J. and Hooks, J. (2007). A comprehensive comparison of corporate environmental reporting and responsiveness. British Accounting Review, 39(3): 197-210. (A)

14. Hooks, J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2007). The Corporatization and Commercialization of Local Body Entities: A Study of Financial Performance. ABACUS, 43(2): 217-240. (A)

15. De Villiers, C.J. and Van Staden, C.J. (2006). Can less environmental disclosure have a legitimating effect? Evidence from Africa. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 31(8): 763-781. (A*)

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