USP senior management with conference participants from L-R: Dr Anil Narayan, Auckland University of Technology (USP alumni); Professor Richard Coll, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching, and Student Services; Associate Professor Umesh Sharma, University of Waikato (USP alumni), Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia, University of South Australia (USP alumni) and Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses, Estates & Infrastructure.
The University of the South Pacific’s School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) hosted the 16th Annual Conference and Emerging Scholars Colloquium of the Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR) at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi from 7-9 December, 2017.
With the theme Accountability, Climate Change and Social Enterprise, USP is the first University outside of Australia and New Zealand to host this gathering of researchers in social and environmental accounting, attracting over fifty (50) delegates from more than twenty (20) universities in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Fiji.
Dr Nacanieli Rika, Conference Convenor and Acting Head of SOAF said delegates presented and discussed more than thirty (30) academic papers on various dimensions of social and environmental accounting including: Assurance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Accounting, Fraud in the context of natural disasters, Governance, Human Rights, Integrated Reporting, Legitimacy, Social Enterprises and Sustainability Reporting.
The three (3) plenary speakers were Professor Charles Cho from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Professor Grant Samkin from the University of Waikato and Ms Marica Vakacola from the Mamanuca Environment Society, a USP graduate in climate change and marine science.
The opening ceremony was attended by Professor Richard Coll, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services and Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President, Regional Campuses, Estates & Infrastructure, who said the conference “contributed to the USP’s strategic plan by increasing the number of research-active staff and building the capacity of younger academics”.
The conference was hosted in conjunction with the Pacific Accounting Review and several conference papers are expected to be published next year in a special edition of the journal co-edited by Dr Rika and two other USP alumni: Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia from the University of South Australia and Associate Professor Umesh Sharma from the University of Waikato.
The conference was partly funded through financial support from Vodafone Fiji.
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