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
  • American Accounting Association


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 corporate disclosure of 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, the Journal of Business Ethics, the 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. He is the recipient of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at AUT Excellence in Academic Research Award for 2017 and the Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2018.

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 (APIRA) Conferences, and the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) conferences. Chris also presents his research at seminars at Australian and European universities.

Chris is the Co-convener of the APIRA 2019 conference see  He is the immediate past-President of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and has been the co-chair of the Technical Committee for the 2014 and 2015 AFAANZ conferences. Chris is an associate editor for Accounting and Business Research and for Accounting Forum. He serves on the editorial boards of the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, the European Accounting Review, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Pacific Accounting Review 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
  • Social Business
  • conflict minerals and modern slavery

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.
  • The effect of NGO collaboration of corporate disclosures.
  • Social Business governance and disclosure 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, Social Business accountability and 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. Islam, M.A and Van Staden, C.J. (2018). Social movement NGOs and the comprehensiveness of conflict mineral disclosures: evidence from global companies. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 65: 1-19.   (A*) 

2. Mohamed Adnan, S., Hay, D. and Van Staden, C.J. 2018. The influence of culture and corporate governance on corporate social responsibility disclosure: a cross country analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 198: 820-832.  (A+)

3. Haller, A., Van Staden, C.J. and Landis, C. (2018). Value Added as part of Sustainability Reporting – reporting on distributional fairness or obfuscation? Journal of Business Ethics, 152 (3): 763-781. (A)

4. Hammond, T., Cooper, C. and Van Staden, C.J. (2017). Anglo American Corporation and the South African State: A contextual analysis of annual reports 1917-1975. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 30(6): 1399-1423. (A+)

5. Dobbs, S and Van Staden C. (2016). Motivations for Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting: New Zealand Evidence. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 7(3): 449-472. (B)

6. 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, 46(6): 665-701. (A)

7.  Cahan, S.F., De Villiers, C., Jeter, D.C., Naiker, V. and Van Staden, C. (2016). Are CSR Disclosures Value Relevant? Cross-Country Evidence. European Accounting Review, 25(3): 579-611.  (A*)

8.  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+)

9.  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+)

10.  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*)

11.  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)

12.  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)

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

14. 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)

15. 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)

16. 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)

17. 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)

18. 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)

19. 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*)

20. Van Staden, C.J. (2003). The relevance of theories of political economy to the understanding of financial reporting in South Africa: the case of value added statements. Accounting Forum, 27(2): 224-246. (B)