Dr Richard Slack is Head of Accounting and professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School. Richard joined Durham University in 2012, having previously been Professor in Accounting at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. Prior to his academic career, Richard, a graduate of St Andrews University, worked at Price Waterhouse and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Richard’s research encompasses areas of accounting information and ethics. Specifically, Richard is interested in the way information is portrayed by companies and whether social and environmental disclosure is useful, or not, to stakeholder groups. Richard has a long track record in published research in leading international accounting and ethics journals including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, British Accounting Review and Journal of Business Ethics. He has been successful in three research funding projects. Currently, Richard is principal investigator on an ACCA funded project examining the use and usefulness of integrated reporting to capital market users. Former funded research was with ACCA to examine bank analysts' views on environmental disclosure and with the Nuffield Foundation to examine building society philanthropy.
Externally, Richard has served as visiting professor at University of Florence; is co-chair of the annual Financial Reporting and Business Communication (FRBC) conference and a member of the executive committee of the Financial Accounting and Reporting special interest group of BAFA. In recognition of his research standing, Richard serves on the Editorial Advisory board for the Journal of Applied Accounting Research and Accounting and Business Research.
Richard is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently teaches accounting as part of the KPMG Accounting degree and also teaches on the full time and Executive MBA programmes. Richard is a very experienced doctoral supervisor, with seven doctoral completions and welcomes research interests in social and environmental accounting.
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