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ipa2018@business-school.ed.ac.uk John McIntyre Conference Centre and South Hall Complex 11-13 July 2018

IPA Conference 2018

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The Centre for Accounting and Society at the University of Edinburgh Business School was pleased to host the 12th IPA Conference in July 2018.


Since 1985, the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference has been an established forum for research into the social, political and organisational aspects of accounting theory and practice.

The conference is a premier forum for the interdisciplinary study of accounting and as such brings together accounting researchers with broad social science interests from disciplines such as anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology and political economy. It responds to the concerns of an evolving research community and seeks to highlight emerging intellectual issues and to encourage new agendas.

The IPA rotates on a three-year cycle with the Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA) and the Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference (Americas).

The IPA 2018 Conference was preceded by the Emerging Scholars' Colloquium on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July, which offered emerging researchers the possibility to discuss their work with established scholars in the field.

Professor Stephen Walker and the Organising Committee

Local Organising Committee

Sebastian Hoffmann

Lecturer in Accounting

Sebastian joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Accounting in September 2015. He was previously an Assistant and Associate Professor of Accounting and Auditing at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and a Professor of Finance and Accounting at the University of Bremen.

He is a member of the scientific committee of the International Conference of Accounting and Management Information Systems and serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Accounting (incorporating Advances in International Accounting) and Journal of Accounting and Management Information Systems. Sebastian's research focuses on interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on accounting standard setting, regulation and accounting history.

Sebastian Hoffmann

Ingrid Jeacle

Professor of Accounting and Popular Culture

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ingrid Jeacle trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG before pursuing an academic career. Ingrid joined the University of Edinburgh in 2000. She is an Associate Editor of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal and Financial Accountability and Management. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Accounting History, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management. Ingrid is the founding member of the Accounting & Popular Culture Research Network.

Ingrid Jeacle-small

Stephen Walker

Professor of Accounting

Stephen trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and has held positions at the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff Business School. He is consulting editor of Accounting History Review and a former editor of The Accounting Historians Journal. He is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a past-President of that organisation.

Stephen has also served as the Convenor of the Accounting History Committee of ICAS and is a former academic fellow of the ICAEW. He currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting Historians Journal; Accounting History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting and European Accounting Review.

S Walker

Christine Cooper

Chair in Accounting

Christine Cooper joined the University of Edinburgh in 2018. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Christine holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics. She is on the editorial boards of:

  • Accounting, Organisations and Society
  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
  • Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal
  • Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management
  • Accounting Forum

About the Business School

At the heart of a University with a 400-year heritage that is consistently rated one of the world’s best, and centrally located in one of Europe’s most stunning business and cultural capitals, the University of Edinburgh Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and research.

The School is triple accredited and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in business and management, and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues.

The School houses the Centre for Accounting and Society which aims to study how accounting, the accounting profession and various calculative practices impact on the management and governance of organisations, cultural formations, and the definition of economic and social relationships.


This event is supported by ICAEW's charitable trusts