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Deborah Smith
Conference Organiser
Faculty of Economics & Business
University of Sydney
Phone: (612) 9351 1913

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In association with Accounting, Auditing and Accounting Journal, Professor James Guthrie and Professor Lee Parker are joint organisers of APIRA 2010.

The APIRA 2010 conference being held on 12 & 13 July 2010 will be held at the University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue Complex, City Road, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. (View Map PDF).

The Emerging Scholars Colloquium being held on 11 July 2010 will be held at the Novotel Rockford Plaza, Darling Harbour.

The Sixth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference is being organized jointly by University of Sydney, Macquarie University, Australian National University, University of New South Wales, and Wollongong University. It will be hosted in Sydney, Australia in 2010. This will be the 6th triennial conference, after successful conferences in Sydney (1995), Osaka (1998), Adelaide (2001), Singapore (2004) and Auckland (2007).

With a reputation for academic rigor, and the participation of world leading researchers, APIRA 2010 promises to attract strong representation from interdisciplinary accounting researchers the world over. Some of the most prolific researchers from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Asia-Pacific region, and many other countries are represented in APIRA's International Editorial Committee. A strong interdisciplinary program of research papers and forums addressing the relationships between accounting, auditing and accountability and their social, institutional, economic and political environments will be included in the program.

So mark your diary, and plan to be in Sydney, one of the world's most vibrant and exciting cities, renowned for its harbour from 11 - 13 July 2010, for an exhilarating period of intensive discussions, debates, and networking with leading and emerging scholars in our field.

APIRA 2010 will be held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

APIRA 2010

A conference with a carbon footprint as neutral as possible

As was expressed in our recent editorial (Milne, Guthrie and Parker, 2008) there is an urgent need for us to find alternative (un)sustainability ways of academic work, especially when it comes to conferences and carbon footprints. With the advent of increasing concerns over climate change, human-related carbon emissions, and the knowledge that the aviation industry is deeply implicated in burning fossil fuels, there is now little doubt that some academic work can be judged a polluting activity.

For the 2010 APIRA's conference we are exploring several new ways to make the carbon footprint as neutral as possible. This includes use of greener conference venues, some plenary speakers by film and other means and a strong reliance on internet rather than paper copies. Further contemplated future strategies include: offsetting the carbon emissions in secure sinks, reducing the carbon footprint by holding APIRA in locations that minimise total carbon emissions, running part of APIRA using formats like web and video links that reduce carbon footprints, and use of public transport.

Low Carbon Intellectual Renewal

As a social and environmental accountant I (along with many who will be at APIRA) have become increasingly aware of the threat that climate change poses to the wellbeing of many of our human family who occupy this planet. While climate change is not the only sustainable development 'game in town' it is a significant agenda around which governments, markets and civil society are coalescing. Further, if we don't get our response to climate change right, many other social and environmental problems will be accelerated (including biodiversity loss and poverty to name but two). I firmly believe that our intellectual community is part of a broader group of practitioners and thinkers who will be (at least in part) responsible for helping to shape a future where dangerous climate change is avoided. Gathering together to exchange ideas, to challenge each other and to grow our knowledge base is part and parcel of the response to this social and environmental issue.

Having said that, it is likely that the future will be very different from the past and that, as a community, some of our behaviours will be challenged. Flying around the world to conferences is one aspect of our current lives that may disappear in the near, medium or distant future (the time frame depends on your reading of the runes). The need for intellectual renewal, however, will not go away.

Given the above, I am planning to try a live experiment with my plenary address at the 2010 APIRA conference in Sydney. Rather than attend the conference in person I am going to try to interact with participants from afar. I am not yet fully sure of what format my plenary will take - I promise that it will not be a video conferenced head and shoulders version of my reading a paper with accompanying slides! That approach seems worse that having me there in person! Rather, I am developing some ideas for a short film that would address the issues that I wish to explore in my plenary with the added bonus (I hope) that you will more than just me trying to illustrate the points made. I do plan, however, to visit via video link for the questions and answer session.

I would not wish to suggest to anyone that they should not travel to Sydney for the conference. The choice to be there is yours and you are perfectly capable of making that choice for yourself. There remains very good reason to have face to face interactions with people and APIRA provides such an opportunity. If you do choose to travel to the conference, what I hope you will enjoy in Sydney is a stimulating engagement that will cause you to develop your research, teaching and practice so that we might become less unsustainable in the future. As a New Zealander, turning down a trip to Sydney was not easy - indeed, I have yet to confess that I have done this to my New Zealand friends who believe that I am still going to visit them next year. There will be social costs of this choice even if it is a lower carbon approach.

The recently launched film Home contains a rallying cry: it is too late to be pessimistic. I concur with that sentiment, encourage you to do the same and look forward to engaging with as many of you as is appropriate next July in Sydney.

Jan Bebbington, University of St. Andrews

Prof. Jan Bebbington from APIRA 2010 on Vimeo.

For further information, read the presentation abstract and teaching resources, available from the St. Andrews Sustainability Institute, University of St. Andrews.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has just launched its latest call for proposals on the topic Beyond Recession: Accounting in the post crisis era. There is no funding limit but grants are typically between 5,000-40,000. The deadline for applications in 22 August 2010.

Full details are available at Short listed applicants will be invited to attend a panel day either in person or via video link up. All costs will be covered. For all queries please email