Emerald Studies in Public Service Accounting and Accountability

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Series description

The need for collaboration between academia and practice is becoming increasingly significant within the fields of public sector accounting, accountability and auditing. This is particularly important in the context of public services and policies, where a number of emerging issues and trends bring about new challenges and require innovative, timely and effective solutions.

We are actively seeking proposals with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to this topic, provided they fit the issue at hand, contribute to the advancement of theory and offer wide practical lessons for an international readership.

Learn more about the aims and scope of this series or get in touch with the editorial team if you have a project you would like to discuss.

Key topics

These key topics are not exhaustive and we encourage you to get in touch with the editorial team if you would like to discuss your proposal further.

With the aim of strengthening connections between academics, practitioners and policy makers, your proposal should bring new ideas on hot topics, emerging trends and issues in:

  • Public services accounting
  • Accountability
  • Budgeting
  • Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Performance management
  • Public accountability reporting

We also encourage interdisciplinary approaches that consider emerging issues and trends and the implications for accounting and accountability. Key topics might include:

  • Fiscal sustainability
  • Global climate change
  • Demographic changes
  • Equity and inclusive growth
  • Government transparency/corruption
  • Citizen participation and engagement
  • Political polarization and fragmentation
  • Growth of false information in social media
  • New forms of public-private-non-profit partnership
  • Technological advancements, such as big data, block-chain, and digital transformation

Your research should contribute rigorous knowledge on these topics, leading to the advancement of research in this field and increasing its impact, whilst addressing the concerns of practitioners and policy makers and supporting their work. We will consider single-country studies, provided they address issues with an international perspective and relevance.


We welcome traditional and innovative formats, including:

  • Short-form books
  • Case studies
  • Conceptual pieces
  • Theoretical work
  • Analytical reviews
  • Comparative analysis
  • Large-scale analysis
  • Debates between academics and non-academics on topical issues

Dr Enrico Bracci

University of Ferrara, Italy

Professor Laurence Ferry

Durham University Business School, UK

Professor Alfred Tat-Kei Ho

University of Kansas, USA

Dr Maria Francesca Sicilia

Open University, UK

Professor Ileana Steccolini

University of Essex, UK

International Editorial Advisory Board

  • Pawan Adhikari, Essex University, UK
  • Eugenio Anessi Pessina, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy
  • Massimo Anzalone, Italian Court of Audit, Italy
  • Marco Bisogno, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Katharina Bryan, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
  • David Caplan, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), UK
  • Josette Caruana, University of Malta, Malta
  • Caroline Cordery, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Drew Cullen, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), UK
  • Adina Dudau, Adam Smith Institute University of Glasgow, UK
  • Sheila Ellwood, University of Bristol, UK
  • Gillian Fawcett, Public Finance by Women (PWF), UK
  • Dorothea Greiling, Johannes Kepler Universität, Australia
  • Ron Hodges, Birmingham University, UK
  • Zahirul Hoque, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Gwenda Jensen, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), New Zealand
  • Maarten de Jong, Netherlands Court of Audit, Netherlands
  • John M. Kamensky, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government, USA
  • Shayne Kavanagh, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), USA
  • Gustaf Kastberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sanja Korac, University of Speyer, Germany
  • Mariann Liguori, Queens’ University of Belfast, UK
  • Rebecca McCaffry, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK
  • Laura Maran, RMIT University, Australia
  • Dean Michael Mead, Senior Research Manager Coordinator, Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC - GASB), USA
  • Alex Metcalfe, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK
  • Fabrizio Mocavini, State General Accounting Department, Ministry of Treasury, Italy
  • Zachary Mohr, Charlotte University, USA
  • Tom Overmans, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Gabriel Puron Cid, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. Mexico
  • Iris Saliterer, Freiburg University, Germany
  • Johann Seiwald, Austrian Government, Austria
  • Ross Smith, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), Canada
  • Shahzad Uddin, Essex University, UK
  • Jarmo Vakkuri, Tampere University, Finland
  • Frank Verbeeten, Amsterdam Vrie University, Netherlands
  • Rob Whiteman, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), UK
  • Zhao Zaozao, Associate Research Fellow National Academy of Economic Strategy, CASS, China

We are actively seeking proposals for this exciting new series. Please get in touch with the series editor or publisher if you have a book project you would like to discuss.

Dr Enrico Bracci

University of Ferrara, Italy

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Hazel Goodes

Publisher, Emerald Publishing

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