Accounting as a force for good - the subject of first RGU Professorial Lecture

Professor Louise Crawford, Director of Research at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Aberdeen Business School, will explore how politics and power can influence accounting practice, in the context of globalisation, when she delivers the opening Professorial Lecture in RGU’s latest series.

Louise Crawford i3Professor Crawford is one of a number of the university’s leading academics from various disciplines who will discuss a range of topics in this 2017/2018 Professorial Lecture series, which take place at RGU’s Garthdee campus.

Her lecture, “Accounting: Politics, Practice and Emancipatory Potential”,  will explore the extent to which civil society campaigning for transparency in the extractive sector has been successful in mobilising emancipatory accounting change across the globe, in pursuit of improving the lives of citizens in resource-rich countries.

Professor Crawford is co-leading a research team across several universities researching transparency reporting by European extractive companies.  UK findings can be found at:, which are being used as an evidence base for communications with government. The team have secured funding and support to extend their research to the EU context, ahead of the 2018 EU consultation relating to European transparency legislation.

Professor Crawford, a Chartered Accountant, trained with KPMG and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland after completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to present this research and share my optimism for accounting’s potential to raise global standards of transparency and contribute towards achieving common good for many communities in civil society,” said Professor Crawford.

The lecture will take place in the Sir Ian Wood Building on Wednesday, November 29 at 6pm and will be followed by refreshments. It is free to attend and open to everyone. Anyone who would like to attend should email


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