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Leading edge research that benefits today’s global community

The research activities of our staff contribute directly to Otago’s reputation as a leading research institution. Our research is not only outstanding – but also relevant to today’s world. We focus on current issues from the world of commerce, and the results directly benefit the communities we serve. This research also forms the basis of our world-class teaching.

The research interests of the staff in the Department span the broad areas of:

  • Auditing
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Environmental finance and accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial reporting
  • Investments
  • Management accounting
  • Quantitative finance and derivatives

The Department is also home to a number of active and specialised research groups.

Expertise in the Department

Our expertise covers a wide range of areas, from the worlds of both accountancy and finance. The following links are useful for potential postgraduate students looking for a supervisor, those interested in the research interests of our staff, or a member of the business community looking for information or assistance.

Print or broadcast media professionals seeking stories, comment, interviews or background information, are welcome to search the  University of Otago Media Expertise Database

Staff, student and visitor research

The Department of Accountancy and Finance is research active. Events and programmes hosted by the Department include:

  • Seminar series: regular seminars on current topics hosted within the Department
  • Working Paper series: seminars showcasing ‘work in progress’
  • Postgraduate research : research undertaken by students as part of our programmes
  • Visitors to the Department: national and international experts share their knowledge with us

Research degrees

Research is a significant part of the work of academic staff and a close supervisory relationship is maintained with the research activities of our postgraduate students.

Accounting and Finance postgraduate students have the opportunity to integrate their research with the work of staff.

Learn more about our postgraduate programmes