CRAFiC about

CRAFiC aims to be at the heart of the debate about the role of accounting and finance in the development of inclusive and sustainable societies. Using a range of multidisciplinary research approaches, the Centre's ambition is to contribute to the cutting edge of research in accounting and finance that have relevance for the wider economy and society at large.

Research undertaken by members of the Centre not only has implications for organisational stakeholders such as financial institutions, corporations and government but gives voice to all segments of the society who are affected by accounting and financial decisions. Our research is wide ranging, focusing on issues that are local and regional at the one end, and international and global at the other.

CRAFiC was formed to build on the existing tradition of interdisciplinary and critical accounting research that Sheffield is known for internationally (see Sheffield School of Accounting Research for more information).

Research themes

CRAFiC is organised around three themes:

Social and Environmental Accounting and Democratic Accountability

This theme combines the longstanding research interests of professors Jill Atkins, Jim Haslam and Frank Birkin in social and environmental accounting with Prof Bill Lee and Dr Stewart Smyth’s interest in social accounting and democratic accountability. The focus on democratisation that arises from the qualities of social and environmental accounting is complemented by researchers who focus on issues pertaining to the proper governance of organisations, including Lynda Burkinshaw, Dr Naoko Komori, Dr Sanjay Lanka and Dr Sharif Khalid.

A further element of this theme includes the interaction between sustainability and environmental protection with supply chain and management accounting practices. CRAFiC members working on these issues include Prof John Cullen, Dr Juliana Meira, Dr Lei Chen, Dr Richard Bruce and Dr Wael Hadid.

Responsible Finance and Social Banking

This theme encompasses the corporate finance work of Dr Neng Jiang, Dr Shuxing Yin, Dr Junhong Yang and Dr Mohamed Shaban with Prof Sumon Bhaumik, Dr Jiao Ji and Dr Tunyi Abongeh’s research on corporate governance, financial sector development and emerging markets. It brings these together with the less orthodox research into credit unions of Dr John Brierley and Prof Bill Lee and Dr Stewart Smyth’s work on the financialisation of public housing and public infrastructure.

Research Methods for International Studies of Accounting and Finance

This theme pulls together Prof Frank Birkin's research in China, with that of Prof John Cullen's and Dr Juliana Meira’s studies in Brazil, Dr Neng Jiang’s studies in India and China, Dr Sanjay Lanka’s work in India, Dr Naoko Komori's studies of Japan and Prof Bill Lee’s research in New Zealand.

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