Accounting Research Cluster

What we do

Accounting, broadly speaking, is the language of business. Many accounting issues require investigation in order to understand their meaning. These are then, rightly or wrongly, attached to the resultant accounting figures used and relied upon by different stakeholders for decision making.

The Accounting Research Cluster of Derby Business School is formally known as the Accounting, Accountability and Ethics Group (AAEG). We research issues within these themes to produce theoretical and empirical research. Our research is at the forefront of bringing solutions to organisational problems for growth and sustainability. We research these themes across private, public and charity-sector organisations.

Our research themes


We research all issues that can be investigated within accounting and its components:

We look at information disclosure and transparency around the information these issues produce within organisations that is useful for planning and coordination. We also look at how the information affects the society at large.

We are particularly interested in investigating the value relevance of what constitutes accounting information, whether qualitative or quantitative. We are experts in pedagogic [related to teaching], applied and industrial research that can solve planning, accounting and business problems.


We examine issues around factors that shape and will continue to shape accounting numbers:

We are also interested in the components of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Corporate governance

We explore various and sometimes conflicting issues in corporate governance (CG) and its mechanisms. We are interested in examining ways in which CG mechanisms influence and shape accounting information, organisational growth and sustainability.

Corporate social responsibility

We have expertise that enables us to examine a wide range of issues in corporate social responsibility (CSR) both from theoretical and practical perspectives. In particular, we are interested in sustainability issues and their impact on accounting numbers and accounting information. We also look at how these, in turn, impact stakeholders and the society at large.


Ethical issues and what they portend for accounting profession are of interest to us.

Research cluster staff

Hilary Coyle in conversation at a Business Law and Social Sciences away day
Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting

Hilary Coyle is a fully qualified accountant with a wealth of industrial experience. Her research interests focus on the public sector, specifically local government. Hilary brings her knowledge of both the private and public sector into her teaching to support students to ensure they have the skills that they need to gain excellent jobs after university.

Senior lecturer Juliet Hogsden attending a conference
Senior Lecturer in Taxation and Financial Accounting

Juliet is a senior lecturer in taxation and financial accounting and programme leader of the Integrated Masters in Accounting and Finance. Juliet's research area is the not for profit sector.

Parminder Johal
Head of Discipline for Accounting, Economics and Finance

As Head of Accounting, Parminder Johal leads a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Parminder is a professionally qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Parminder previously worked in industry as a senior financial analyst for BT plc.

Yousuf Kamal in a class room
Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Dr Yousuf Kamal is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance. He has approximately 15 years of teaching experience in Australia, Bangladesh and China. His research interests include CSR, Social and Environmental Accounting and Reporting, Sustainability and Integrated Reporting, Corporate Governance and Accountability.

Kamil Omoteso, Dean of Business Law and Social Science
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Professor Kamil Omoteso is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, comprising Derby Business School, School of Law and Social Sciences and Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. He is passionate about student experience, graduate employability and innovation, and keen to build a sustainable research culture and enhance business engagement.

Dr Andrews Owusu wearing a suit and tie
Associate Professor in Accounting

Andrews Owusu is an Associate Professor in Accounting at the University of Derby, UK. Andrews has over 10 years of experience in teaching and research in accounting and corporate governance.

Liafisu Sina Yekini
Professor of Accounting and Accountability

Sina is a Professor of Accounting and Accountability and the Research Lead of the Accounting Research Cluster, the Accounting, Accountability and Ethics Group (AAEG) within the Centre for Business Improvement at Derby Business School.