Accounting and Finance

In Accounting and Finance our research aims to improve sustainable and responsible governance and reporting, the financial well-being of individuals, and market efficiencies. The public interest is pursued by exploring and improving the interaction and the discharge of accountability between organisations, individuals and society.

Our research

Financial Economics

Concepts from behavioural finance, psychology and economics are used to explore investor behaviour, incentives and risk perceptions, and inter-firm relationships. Market behaviour is explored by modelling and forecasting volatility and its relationship with market risk and predicted stock returns and by examining the relationship between macroeconomic and financial data, and the implications for asset pricing models, asset and R&D management. 

Interdisciplinary Accounting

Through an interest in the role of communication in power relationships, we explore the accounting narratives for social and moral control in historical settings, in corporate social accounting and reporting, and in accounting regulation across languages and cultures. We also critically investigate the accounting and finance discipline, in particular the role of social capital in accounting PhD education, and labour shortages in academe, and in the emergence of the accounting profession.

PhD opportunities in Accounting and Finance

Our Accounting and Finance research is recognised as being academically excellent, policy relevant, and of benefit to society. The Accounting and Finance Division at Stirling offers a stimulating environment in which to study towards a PhD. Students come onto this pathway from a variety of backgrounds, including disciplines allied with accounting and finance such as economics. There is a national shortage of researchers in this area and the need to increase the number of PhD students to address this shortage has been highlighted in independent reports. As such, students who complete the PhD Accounting and Finance programme have excellent career prospects and will be in high demand in both academia and industry. Students graduating from this programme have found faculty positions in top universities across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as in leading financial institutions. The PhD Accounting and Finance programme is accredited by the ESRC and affiliated by the Accounting and Finance pathway of the Scottish Graduate School, which is supported by the British Accounting Association (BAA) and its regional Scottish Accounting Group (SAG) (active for over 20 years) as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). Whether your career aim involves a research or teaching lead academic career, or working in a leading financial institution, the PhD in Accounting and Finance can help you achieve your goals.

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