A-CSEAR 2024
Wed 4 Dec 2024

A-CSEAR 2024: Creating Communities: Accounting, for, with, to, of, despite, or beyond?

Location: University of Canterbury Business School

The University of Canterbury (UC) School of Business warmly invites you to the 23rd Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR) Conference and Early Scholars’ Colloquium to be held in-person at UC, Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand. The Early Scholars’ Colloquium will be held on 4 December 2024, followed by the main conference on 5th and 6th December 2024.


Best Paper Awards will be presented to the best full papers within the following categories:

  1. Best overall paper
  2. Best ECR paper
  3. Best paper on the topic of Indigenous Peoples and accounting

A-CSEAR 2024 Call for Papers

Call for papers

 The theme for the conference is:
“Creating Communities: Accounting for, with, to, of, despite, or beyond?

This theme is intentionally open-ended and invites accounting scholars to consider the multitude of ways in which accounting exists for and with communities, and how communities might be formed and reinforced through processes of accounting. The significance of community responses to epic events such as climate change, natural disasters, and military conflict is well documented (Davies, 2012; Vincent, 2023), and the CSEAR community itself has a well-established focus on addressing these urgent concerns (Dillard and Brown, 2012; Gray et al., 2009; Gray et al., 2014; Guthrie and Parker, 2017). Accounting tools and practices may facilitate the accountability of economic entities with a community focus, including cooperatives and credit unions (McKillop and Wilson, 2015), international aid agencies (Denedo et al., 2017), social enterprise (Kay and McMullan, 2017), and non-profits (Chenhall et al., 2010; Kober and Thambar, 2021). The mobilisation of community-based Indigenous accounting practices as forms of social accounting and accountability has further been explored as an alternative to Western models of economic interaction (Finau and Scobie 2022; Jayasinghe and Thomas, 2008, Norris et al., 2022; 2023). Yet while corporate and public sector entities appear increasingly concerned to engage diverse stakeholder perspectives in their reporting, approaches to community engagement have had varying success (Bellucci et al., 2019; Kaur and Qian, 2021; Kaur and Lodhia, 2018). Where tensions emerge between civil society and corporate actors, grassroots movements may take more active approaches to call dominant political and corporate actors to account (George et al., 2023; McLaren and Appleyard, 2021; Scobie et al). Of related concern within the academic literature relates to appropriate methodologies for grassroots engagement, including decolonising methodologies (McNicholas and Barrett, 2005; Smith, 2012) and participatory engagement (Brown and Dillard, 2014; Holdaway 2019), to ensure research projects engage respectfully with community partners. Building on these themes, we therefore encourage conceptual, empirical, and creative submissions that consider accounting’s role in enabling, directing, permitting or restricting communities to emerge and thrive. We also welcome other submissions of relevance to the focus of CSEAR.

Conference streams will include:

  • Social accounting & accountability
  • Environmental accounting & accountability
  • Indigenous accounting & accountability
  • Sustainability disclosure & reporting
  • Management accounting
  • Public sector and taxation
  • Accounting education
  • Not-for-profit
1 July 2024 - Submissions open
28 July 2024 - Submissions close
30 August 2024 - Decisions to be communicated to authors
In keeping with the format of the CSEAR (Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research) main conference, these submissions are encouraged this year:

1. Full paper (suggested limit of 8,000 words, excluding references)
2. Abstract, representing work in progress
3. Academic research output other than an article

Authors submitting full papers are expected to provide a complete manuscript by the submission deadline, whereas authors submitting a work in progress are invited to submit a 300-word abstract.

Submissions to be made via the A-CSEAR2024 conference website from 1 July 2024.

For more information email: acsear2024@canterbury.ac.nz

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