Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Accounting & Finance

Research Area Leader:

Dr Nick Pawsey

Dr Nick Pawsey

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Projects
  • Current Students
  • PhD/DBA Topics


This Research Area (RA) is focused on measurement, reporting and accountability in both traditional and non-traditional accounting contexts.  Within this broad research area, topics include reporting on non-incorporate entities, non-banking financial institutions and non-industrial entities such as agricultural concerns.

Reporting practices of such entities applies traditional financial data but also includes reporting environmental, social and other qualitative data. This research area also includes topics on the audit and assurance of these reporting practices.

Finance research focuses on the performance and risk measurement in financial markets.  These markets not only include non-banking financial institutions but also banks, derivative markets and the market for new equity.  Such research includes the analysis of accounting as well as non-accounting data.

Consistent with CSU's primarily regional location, our research includes that which is focused on the regional context; however we also conduct research at a national and international level given the university's stated aim to "create new knowledge and practice that creates solutions for the benefit of our communities locally, nationally and internationally".

Our Research Area members have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques.  This includes the common qualitative analysis approaches, as well as narrative analysis.  Multivariate approaches are commonly employed in quantitative analysis.

Researchers in the Accounting and Finance RA have attracted support from a number of external agencies including the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Research Council, Australian Accounting Standards Board, Commonwealth Department of Families and Housing and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Essential Services Commission, the Salvation Army, Mission Australia and Anglicare.

Our research has been published in a range of reputed peer-reviewed accounting and finance journals, including Accounting Forum, Behavioural Research in Accounting, Corporate Governance: an International Review, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Managerial Auditing Journal, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies and Australasian Accounting, Business & Finance Journal.


Warwick Baines  Warwick Baines Sub-Dean, Learning and Teaching Bathurst
Vien Chu  Vien Chu Lecturer Port Macquarie
Nick Davis  Nick Davis Lecturer Bathurst
Tairan Kevin Huang  Tairan Kevin Huang Lecturer Port Macquarie
Jenny Kent  Jenny Kent Associate Professor Wagga Wagga
Julia Lynch  Julia Lynch Associate Professor Bathurst
Dianne McGrath  Dianne McGrath Associate Professor Albury
Daniel Murphy  Daniel Murphy Lecturer Albury
 Nick Pawsey Senior Lecturer Albury
Chiu Phua  Chiu Phua Associate Lecturer Wagga Wagga
Alfred Wong  Alfred Wong Senior Lecturer Bathurst
Peir WoonPeir Woon Lecturer Wagga Wagga


Current Students

Chiu Phua DBA Reporting by Australian universities Dr Bikram Chatterjee
Professor Ian Eddie
Southern Cross University
Hany Salib PhD Stakeholder Engagement (SE) and
Sustainability Reporting (SR) in
The Victorian Water Sector: Is There a Link?
A/Prof Ramudu Bhanugopan

Prof Eddie Oczkowski
Leanne Walsh Honours
NSW local government and stakeholder engagement in
sustainability issues: A regional perspective
Dr Nicholas Pawsey
02 6051 9327

Dr Jahanzeb Khan (Co-supervisor)
02 6933 2752
Shaun McFarlane Honours PDD Costing and Effectiveness Analysis

Dr Nicholas Pawsey
02 6051 9327

PhD/DBA Topics

The following opportunities exist in Accounting and Finance:


Dr Nick Pawsey
02 6051 9327

Discipline: Accounting and Finance

  • International accounting convergence
  • Water policy and management
  • Public sector accounting
  • Accounting education
Dr Mona Nikidehaghani
02 6338 6341
  • Accounting theory and study of accounting in a social and political context
  • Social and environmental accounting and accountability
  • Qualitative research in accounting
  • Accounting history
  • Theoretical development in accounting
  • Interrelations between accounting and governance in diverse settings
Dr Jahanzeb Khan
02 6933 2752

Discipline: Accounting and Finance

  • Professional scepticism
  • Auditing
  • Behavioural accounting
  • Experimental accounting
  • Scale and construct development
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Controlled experiment design
  • Structural Equation Modelling