2021 IPA Conference

ESC: 5th - 6th July

Main: 7th -9th JULY




The Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference is an established forum for research into the social, political and organisational aspects of accounting. It brings together accounting researchers with broad social science interests and researchers from disciplines such as anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology and political economy. The conference seeks to highlight emerging intellectual issues and to encourage new agendas by providing space for and stimulating debate within and between different paradigms and disciplines. The IPA conference rotates in a three-year scheme with the Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA) and the Critical Perspectives in Accounting Conference (CPA). 

The conference format is intended to provide all papers and presenters a constructive forum to discuss their research. All papers undergo a double-blind review process. Accepted papers will be presented by a discussant, the author(s) will respond, and an open discussion will follow. Therefore, we require presenters of accepted papers also to be willing to act as discussant and submitting authors to act as reviewers.

The conference is preceded by the Emerging Scholars Colloquium (ESC). PhD students doing their PhD research in the field of interdisciplinary accounting research are encouraged to apply.

After 2009, University of Innsbruck will host the IPA conference and the ESC for the second time in 2021. Please visit the website at for details.



Key dates

IPA Conference: July 07 – 09, 2021

ESC: July 05 – 06, 2021

Organizing Committee:

Albrecht Becker, Michael Habersam, Silvia Jordan, Martin Messner, Christoph Pelger, and Martin Piber


Organizers of the Emerging Scholars Colloquium

Silvia Jordan and Christoph Pelger


News on the IPA 2021 Conference

The IPA Conference will be held in virtual format from July 07 to 09, 2021. The main conference is preceded by the Emerging Scholars Colloquium from July 05 to 06. For the conference, 127 papers have been accepted. Additionally, there will be three keynote speakers: Katherine Gibson on “What is the role of accounting in making other worlds possible?”; Emily Barman on “Of concepts and calculations: Theorizing social impact”; and David Cooper on “Observations on accounting and power”.


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The Speakers

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Emily Barman

Professor of Sociology - Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost of Graduate Education of Loyola University Chicago

Emily Barman's scholarship focuses on the social organization of altruism and philanthropy. Emily Barman’s recent book, Caring capitalism: The meaning and measure of social value in the market (Cambridge University Press, 2016) investigates social value as a distinct order of worth. Her new research project will focus on the causes and consequences of the rise of market-based approaches to pro-poor healthcare (such as advanced market commitments, health enterprises, and primary care franchises), as led by public and nonprofit actors including the Center for Health Market Innovations, the Gates Foundation, HANSHEP, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

David Cooper

Emeritus Professor at the University of Alberta and part-time Professor at the University of Edinburgh

David Cooper obtained his undergraduate education at LSE and his PhD from the University of Manchester. David has written or edited nine books and over 90 articles. Throughout his career, David has been active in doctoral education and encouraging critical accounting scholarship. He is a Consulting Editor at Accounting, Organizations and Society and at Critical Perspectives on Accounting (which he co-founded). Together with Trevor Hopper, he conceived and organized the first Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting conference. He currently researches the global regulation of accounting and is active in progressive politics, notably around environmental liabilities.

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Katherine Gibson

Professor at Western Sydney University

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Katherine Gibson is internationally known for her research on rethinking economies as sites of ethical action. She trained as a human geographer with expertise in political economy and, with her collaborator for over 30 years, the late Professor Julie Graham, developed a distinctive approach to economic geography drawing on feminism, post-structuralism and action research. The diverse economies research program they initiated has become a vibrant sub-field of study within the social sciences.


Katherine Gibson has directed action research projects with communities interested in alternative economic development pathways in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. These experiences have contributed to elaboration of a distinctive 'Community Partnering Approach to Local Development'. The Community Economies Collective, which Gibson-Graham established, is an ongoing collaboration between academic and community researchers and activists in Australia, North America, Europe and South East Asia. The goal of the Collective is to theorise, discuss, represent and ultimately enact new visions of economy.