Elizabeth Carson

Professor

School of Accounting - BCom (Hons), UNSW | MCom, UNSW | PhD, UNSW | Chartered Accountant (CA)

Expertise

Elizabeth Carson's research interests include economics of global and national audit markets, industry specialisation by auditors and audit reporting. Her PhD investigating global audit firm networks and global industry specialisation by audit firms was awarded the American Accounting Association Auditing Section Outstanding Dissertation Award.  She teaches at postgraduate level in financial accounting and auditing, as well as supervising research students in the Honours, MPhil and PhD programs. 

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth ​is a Professor in financial accounting and auditing in the UNSW Australia Business School.  Elizabeth teaches at postgraduate level in financial accounting and auditing, as well as supervising research students in the Honours, MPhil and PhD programs. She has received the Pearson Education Accounting Lecturer of the Year award for her development of the Accounting: A User Perspective subject in the Masters of Commerce program and a Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Technology-Enabled Innovation for developments undertaken in Financial Accounting in the Masters of Professional Accounting program. She is a co-author of an introductory financial accounting textbook (Financial Accounting: An Integrated Approach) and its accompanying study guide.

Elizabeth's research interests include global and Australian regulatory issues impacting the audit profession including economics of audit markets, industry specialisation by auditors and audit reporting. Her PhD investigating global audit firm networks and global industry specialisation by audit firms was awarded the American Accounting Association Auditing Section Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2008. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and Accounting and Finance. She is on the Editorial Board of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and is an Associate Editor at Issues in Accounting Education. Her research is currently supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant for 2013-2015. She has previously received ARC Discovery Funding as well as funding by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Elizabeth is currently chair of the Auditing and Assurance Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining UNSW, she worked with a Big 4 accounting firm and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.