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Professor David Lont

BCom(Hons), PhD, CA, FCPA (Aust.)David_Lont

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Professor David Lont has been a member of the department since 1989 and is the current Head of Department.

He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and served as a committee member for the Otago Branch (2003-2011), on the Institute's publications committee from 2006-2010 and the Institutes Corporate Annual Report Awards (2003-2011). He also served on the PhD Scholarship committee from 2008-2014, chairing this from 2012.

He is also a fellow of CPA Australia and won a highly competitive CPA Global Research Perspectives grant in 2014 with Dr Tom Scott.

His current research interests are primarily in capital markets, and the economics of financial reporting and auditing. He co-teaches a third year accounting paper on financial statement analysis (ACCT310).

In 2014, he was offered the honorary title of senior scholar in Management at the University of California, Davis after a long association with their Graduate School of Management.

He has presented papers at a number of high profile conferences including the American Accounting Association national conference, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) annual conference, European Accounting Association, and plenary sessions at Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics annual conference (2004), (2008) and (2011) and ANCAAR (2012).

He has published papers in leading journals including Accounting and Finance (winning the Peter Brownell prize for best paper in 2010, and runner-up prize in 2009 and 2011). He has also published in Abacus, Accounting Forum, Asia Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics, Auditing, A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Education, and Pacific Accounting Review.

He is an associate editor for Abacus, on the editorial board of Accounting and Finance, International Journal of Auditing (all A rated on the ABDC list), and Pacific Accounting Review (PAR) (B rated) and is also one of its trustee. He was a guest editor for a special issue of PAR examining the impact of international accounting standards (published in 2010). He has reviewed articles for a number of leading journals including Abacus, Accounting Education, Accounting and Finance, Accounting Horizons, Auditing, A Journal of Practice and Theory, British Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Pacific Accounting Review, and Review of Accounting Studies. He chaired the technical committee for financial accounting papers for AFAANZ annual conference from 2006-2009. He was elected as a director of AFAANZ in 2008 and was the New Zealand President from 2011-2014.


  • ACCT310

Research interests

Professor David Lont’s current research interests are primarily in capital markets, and the economics of financial reporting and auditing.