Keynote speakers

Trevor Hopper

Before joining the University of Sussex, Trevor Hopper was Professor of Management Accounting in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester, where he was Head of Department for four years, and Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research for many more. Previously he worked at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Sheffield. He has held visiting academic appointments at the universities of Michigan, Ann Arbor in theUSA; Queens in Canada; Fukuoka and Kyushu in Japan; and Griffith Gold Coast in Australia. He is currently a visiting professor at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and an adjunct professor at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has supervised or co-supervised over thirty PhD students to completion.

Professor Hopper’s research applies organisational and social theories to management controls using intensive case study methods, though he has made contributions to accounting history and financial accounting. His research has examined multinational firms' adoption of ERPs; the implementation and usage of ABC in European utilities; and world-class manufacturing in firms and national programs of competitiveness. His current major interest lies in accounting in less developed countries and he is the consulting editor for the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies. He has co-edited five books, including Issues in Management Accounting and The Handbook of Accounting in Developing Countries. He has published over ninety articles as book chapters and articles in research journals such as:

  • Accounting, Organisations and Society
  • the Auditing, Accounting and Accountability Journal
  • the British Accounting Review
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • the European Accounting Review
  • the Journal of Management Studies
  • and Management Accounting Research.

Professor Hopper co-founded  the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference and has been an editor of the British Accounting Review, associate editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and a guest editor of special issues of Accounting, Organisations and Society, the Auditing, Accounting and Accountability Journal, and Management Accounting Research. He is an editorial board member of:

  • Accounting, Accountability & Performance
  • the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
  • Accounting and  the Public Interest
  • Alternative Perspectives on Finance and Accounting
  • British Accounting Review
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
  • Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change (Associate Editor)
  • Management Accounting Research
  • Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management
  • and Research on Accounting and Emerging Economies.

Professor Hopper was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Accounting Association in 2006 and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm School of Economics in 2011. He was also inducted into the Interdisciplinary Accounting Hall of Fame in 2016, and has received various awards for outstanding papers and services to academic journals.

See a full list of Professor Hopper's publications.

Professor Alan Lowe

Professor Alan Low is Professor of Accounting at RMIT University in Melbourne. Professor Lowe has responsibilities beyond the School of Accounting as International HDR (doctoral) Convenor in the College of Business. Within the School of Accounting his current focus in teaching is around management accounting, the connection between strategy and information systems and accounting. He maintains a very strong interest in research and doctoral supervision and welcomes enquiries from potential research students.

Professor Lowe publishes regularly in academic journal across accounting, management and information systems. He is the editor of the British Accounting Review (BAR), a highly prestigious position within the British Accounting academy. The journal is an association journal of the British Accounting and Finance Association [BAFA].

Professor Lowe has an interest in interdisciplinary work and enjoys being involved in research across different disciplines. His focus has always been on real world investigation using mainly case research and interviews. This type of research offers excellent opportunities to add to our understanding of real world practices and management or accounting in action.

A qualitative researcher by training, Professor Lowe tends to focus on “what” and “how” type questions in his work. He emphasises social theory in order to provide explanations of issues in the context in question. This has typically been in the health sector, food manufacturing or financial services and private equity. He has focused on the role of technology such as accounting, management control and ERP systems on work practices to look for explanations of why we work in the way we do.