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About us

We aim to be the leading research based department on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management

The excellence of research and teaching in the Department of Accounting at LSE is globally acknowledged. The Department, known for its tradition of intellectual diversity, has long been at the forefront of research and teaching on the role of accounting in the economy and society. We are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge related to accounting through research, teaching, and various professional and policy contributions. The Department also hosts the inter-disciplinary Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), which exemplifies this commitment.

Graduates of the Department’s programmes grasp the potential of accounting in a wide range of settings. Our graduates learn to analyse how accounting is implicated in a multifaceted range of institutional and organisational processes of calculation, reporting and evaluation. They appreciate the interdependencies between accounting and accountability, agency, transparency, sustainability, governance, organisational control, risk, performance management, policy making and change. Our academics explore an equally diverse range of issues in their research drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Each year we admit over 400 students on our undergraduate and several graduate programmes. Each year, we also welcome various departmental speakers, academics and practitioners, in a variety of forums, in addition to the numerous and unparalleled public events and lectures hosted by the School. I welcome you, and invite you to share in the experience.

Professor Wim A Van der Stede
Head of Department

Our Commitment

Maintaining and advancing our leading international reputation
for teaching and research is our top priority, and thus, we are
committed:

  • To enhance still further the quality of the student experience in our programmes at both the undergraduate and graduate level, such as by maintaining effective student-faculty ratios and ensuring an appropriate balance and mix of students to maintain diversity and quality of the educational experience.
  • To strengthen further our outstanding research environment through research seminars, visitors and strong links with other departments, research centres and external constituencies, making it possible to study relevant accounting issues within the rich context of the social sciences in line with the School's intellectual tradition.

We are proud about the diversity in everything we do, as it is the key to our competitive advantage locally as well as globally. We therefore strive to continue to combine 'global appeal' with a distinctive 'European orientation' in terms of institutional knowledge and affiliations as well as intellectual traditions.