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Professor of accounting, Durham University

Dr Richard Slack is a Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School and served as Head of Department of Accounting 2016-2019. Richard joined Durham University in 2012, having previously been Professor of Accounting at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. Prior to his academic career, Dr Slack, a graduate of St Andrews University, worked at Price Waterhouse and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Dr Slack’s research encompasses practice-relevant issues in areas of accounting information, sustainability and ethics. Specifically, Dr Slack is interested in the way information is disclosed by companies and whether such disclosure (both voluntary such as climate change and environmental reporting or mandatory such as reporting for intangibles under International Accounting Standards) is useful, or not, to capital market users. Dr Slack has a long track record of published research in leading world and international accounting and ethics journals including Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, British Accounting Review and Journal of Business Ethics. He has been successful in a range of research funding projects, including most recently with professional bodies (ACCA projects on intangible assets, integrated reporting and climate change reporting), and through business (Royal London research on mutuality).


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    Professor of accounting, Durham University