Academic wins praise for looking at the future of accounting academia

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A review of the contribution made by Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management (QRAM) journal over the last decade has earned Chris Humphrey a highly commended award for papers published in the journal in 2014. His paper provided a personal and reflective analysis of publications in order to assess the implications for the future development of the journal, the practice of qualitative accounting research, and the broader standing of the accounting discipline.

Chris also recently jointly co-edited (with Yves Gendron of the University of Laval, Canada) a special issue of Critical Perspectives on Accounting journal 2015 on the sustainability of accounting academia. The special issue featured papers from a variety of international scholars, but, distinctively, included a number of contributions from younger academics too.
Entitled ‘What is going on? The sustainability of accounting academia’, the special issue took shape after Chris organised an opening plenary session on the topic for the 2010 Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Rome. Chris says over the last 20 years a number of established researchers have voiced concerns over the future of accounting academia, in particular due to growing budgetary pressures on higher education institutions.

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