The Department of Accounting has developed substantially in recent years and is now superbly placed to enhance further its leading role in accounting and financial management research globally.

We have a strong international and interdisciplinary orientation, and received the highest rating of 5*A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, the review of university research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The department is home to about 23 full-time faculty, covering all the core areas of accounting. Our rigorous appointments process accords the highest priority to research excellence and promise. The department also supports about five to eight PhD students, or about one or two in each year of the PhD programme.

We offer an outstanding interdisciplinary research environment, based on a mix of departmental activities, close links with other departments, as well as strong connections with a major research centre - the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). In addition, we have close links with LSE Health and Social Care, an interdisciplinary research centre concerned with health policy and professionals.

Our research seminars and workshops, visitors' programme, together with our link with professional and practitioner communities ensure that our faculty continue to work at the cutting-edge of new developments, and that their output is widely disseminated. Our faculty regularly present at all the major conferences worldwide, often delivering plenary addresses, and making important contributions to Europe-wide doctoral training. The Department of Accounting also remains strongly committed to its own PhD programme in Accounting.

Our overriding aim for the future remains to further advance our reputation as one of the leading groups for research on the economic, institutional and organisational analysis of accounting and financial management in a global context.

Research strategy

The Department of Accounting adheres to a research strategy that remains unequivocally interdisciplinary. Specifically, we remain strongly committed to three key areas in accounting and financial management: (1) regulation, financial reporting and auditing; (2) the economics of accounting; and (3) the organisational and strategic aspects of accounting. There is of course significant overlap among these themes, and the work of many faculty falls in more than one theme.