A-CSEAR 2019 Conference

11 - 13 December, 2019

  • Overview
  • Emerging Scholar’s Colloquium
  • Conference Program and Plenary Speakers
  • Transport, Accommodation & Lesiure

Event Overview

A-CSEAR aims to foster a supportive and inclusive community of emerging and established scholars investigating research on the social and environmental aspects of accounting theory and practice. The annual A-CSEAR conference provides an international forum in which to showcase this work and to foster much needed interdisciplinary research in accounting.

The School of Accounting looks forward to welcoming you to the 18th Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR) Conference and Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium to be held at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. The Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium (ESC) will be held on 11 December 2019 and the main conference on 12-13 December 2019 with a gala dinner on 12 December 2019.

The theme of the conference is “Rebuilding trust through transparency”. The last decade has seen a loss of faith in business, government and even non-government organisations despite greater transparency provided by technology and big data. The conference seeks a conversation around culture, values and trust, against a backdrop of community scepticism towards organizations and with 2018 being marked by corporate scandals and governance failings, as highlighted by the Royal Commission in Australia. The conference will also explore key challenges facing our society and economy today including climate change, sustainability, digital disruption, modern slavery, among others.

The Plenary Speakers include: Prof Steven Cahan of University of Auckland, Professor of Practice Merran Kelsall, UNSW Sydney, Mardi McBrien of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and Assoc Prof Justine Nolan, UNSW Law.


The Centre for Social and Environmental Research (CSEAR) is an international membership-based network that aims to mobilise accounting scholarship to enable a more sustainable society.

CSEAR aims to be a world-recognized, global community of scholars who engage with students, activists, practitioners, policy makers and other interested groups in order to generate and disseminate knowledge on social and environmental accounting and accountability. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate high quality, relevant research, teaching and external engagement with practice and policy through developing knowledge, expertise, resources and a supportive network for mentoring and career development.

If you are not already a member of CSEAR we encourage you to join to take advantage of member benefits such as access to the SEA Journal, newsletters, research resources and bibliography, teaching and education resources and access to other members.

For more information, visit st-andrews.ac.uk/csear/.

A-CSEAR is sponsored by:

Emerging Scholars' Colloquium

The A-CSEAR conference 2019 is holding a one-day Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium (ESC) in Social and Environmental Accounting research on Wednesday 11 December at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

The ESC is a unique opportunity for networking and discussion between emerging scholars and experienced researchers. Throughout the day, every emerging scholar will receive feedback from senior research mentors in social and environmental accounting. In addition, there will be ample time for discussion and feedback from other emerging scholars.

The broad agenda for the ESC is presented below:

Download Complete ESC Agenda

Time Activity
08:00 am onwards Registration
08:45 am Welcome Prof Frederik Anseel, ADR UNSW Business School
09:00 - 10:00 am Plenary: How to Structure a Research Question Assoc Prof Andrew Jackson, School of Accounting UNSW and Editor Australian Journal of Management
10:00 - 10:30 am Morning Tea
10:30 - 12:00 pm Presentations with Discussants
12:00 - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 - 02:30 pm Plenary: Do’s and Don’ts in Research Prof Gary Monroe, School of Accounting, UNSW
02:30 - 04:00 pm Presentations with Discussants
04:00 - 04:30 pm Afternoon Tea
04:30 - 05:35 pm Presentation with Discussants
05:35 - 06:00 pm Closing
06:00 pm Conference Welcome Drinks
AGSM Courtyard

Conference Program and Plenary Speakers

Conference welcome drinks will be held right after the Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium at 6pm on 11 December 2019 at the AGSM Courtyard.

The conference will commence at 8:45am on Thursday 12 December and conclude at 5:30pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

Download Complete Conference Program

Day 1
08:00 am onwards Registration
08:45 am Opening - Prof Mandy Cheng, HOS School of Accounting UNSW Sydney
09:00 - 10:30 am Plenary - Prof Steven Cahan, University of Auckland Moderator: Prof Naomi Soderstrom, University of Melbourne
10:30 - 11:00 am Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 - 03:00 pm Plenary - Mardi McBrien, Climate Disclosure Standards Board Moderator: Dr Maria Balatbat, UNSW Sydney
03:00 - 03:30 pm Afternoon Tea
03:30 - 05:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
05:30 - 06:30 pm Cocktails at the Lounge UNSW
06:30 pm Gala Dinner at the Lounge UNSW

Day 2
Time Activity
08:00 am onwards Registration
09:00 - 10:30 am Plenary - Prof of Practice Merran Kelsall, UNSW Sydney Moderator: Nick Ridehalgh, Partner KPMG
10:30 - 11:00 am Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 - 02:35 pm Plenary - Assoc Prof Justine Nolan, UNSW Law Moderator: Assoc Prof Tracy Wilcox, UNSW Sydney
02:35 - 04:10 pm Concurrent Sessions
04:10 pm Closing Ceremony

Plenary Speakers

Steven Cahan is a Professor of Financial Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School. His research interests are in the areas of auditing and financial reporting, and he has published over 60 academic research articles. Steven is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics and is a past Editor in Chief of Accounting & Finance, the journal of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), and the Pacific Accounting Review. Steven is a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. He is a former member of the Consultative Advisory Group for the International Accounting Education Standards Board and is a current member of the Academic Oversight Body of the International Integrated Reporting Council, a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession, and NGOs established to promote integrated reporting and thinking. Steven is one of 15 Life Members of AFAANZ and is a former President of that organization.

Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson) and WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

Merran Kelsall is an experienced independent director with expertise in finance, audit, risk, and compliance. She has a strong focus on corporate governance including financial and non-financial external reporting to include strategy and risk management and aligning performance management with strategy. Her other appointments include Deputy President CPA Australia, Director, RACV, VicSuper and Deputy Chair Melbourne Water. Merran is a former partner in Chartered accountancy firm BDO, Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and former Chairman and CEO of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Justine Nolan is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at UNSW Law as well as a Visiting Scholar at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. She has published widely on business and human rights and advises companies, NGOs and governments on these issues. Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she was the Director of Business and Human Rights at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the US. She is on the Editorial Board of the Business and Human Rights Journal.

Getting to/from UNSW

From Sydney Airport:

Take a taxi from outside the Terminal Building. A taxi from the airport to UNSW will cost approximately $40-$50; and airport to the city centre approximately $50-$60 depending on traffic.

The red Metroline 400 bus service runs regularly from Sydney Airport to UNSW and stops at UNSW Gate 8, High St (closest stop to AGSM) (this trip takes approximately 45 minutes).

UNSW encourages staff and students to use public transport or to cycle or walk to UNSW as alternatives to driving a car. Hence parking in campus is quite pricey. The most economical for delegates attending is a daily permit ($21.50) and this will allow you to park at parking bays for UNSW staff for the day.

Otherwise, parking rates starts at $7.50 an hour. See hourly rates.

For the most up to date transport information and guidance on how to best make your way to the campus visit UNSW Plan your Visit – Transport.


AGSM Residential Centre

There are 42 single rooms available at $150 per night that has been blocked for A-CSEAR delegates from the 10th-13th December.

Instructions on how to reserve a residential room at AGSM for ACSEAR Conference:

  • Visit hospitality
  • Click on booking request form
  • Complete the request form, under the payment heading select - ‘is external’, then in the special requests comment box; add the code: ACSEAR19, to confirm this conference room block

Alternate Accommodation Options near UNSW

10% off to A-CSEAR delegates with no restrictions on booking windows, with a 72-hour cancellation policy. Code UNSWEvents10


Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when you are visiting Sydney:

Other Information

In December, the average daytime temperatures in the city are generally around 22°C and high temperatures can hit a balmy 26°C on some days which can feel rather hot. While temperatures do fall at night, they will never drop too low in December. The average minimum temperatures generally tend to stay above 18°C throughout the month.

To calculate currency exchange rates you may use the following: xe.com/currencyconverter/
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours. On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours. On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours.

Eating out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Time difference
Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time or GMT+10. Sydney, New South Wales, practices Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year. During Daylight Savings Time, Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

Electricity & voltage
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels. Alternatively, you can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipments at most convenience stores.

Internet access
Free Wi-Fi services are widespread in Sydney.  In particular, major tourist attractions, shopping malls, visitor centers, sports venues, museums and government buildings. Upon arrival at the venues you will be given a free wifi network and password.

The official language for the conference will be English.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested by emailing the Conference Managers (contact details in footer of the website) following completion of Conference registration. For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.  For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

The Conference Hosts and Conference Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event. The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Useful numbers
Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) 000
Accommodation (Four Seasons Hotel) 02 92503100
Campus security (emergency) 9385 6666 (general enquiries) 9385 6000