Annual Conference with Doctoral Masterclasses 2021 (ONLINE)

Friday 9 - Tuesday 13 April 2021 Online


Monday, 12 and Tuesday 13 April 2021 with Doctoral Masterclasses on Friday, 9 April 2021

The British Accounting and Finance Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Annual Conference with Doctoral Masterclasses, which will be held on online. 


  • Professor Beatrice Garcia, Professor of Accounting at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Research Member at ECGI, and Editor of the European Accounting Review will be presenting at the Doctoral Masterclasses on Monday.
  • Professor Avanidhar (Subra) Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor of Finance and the Goldyne and Irwin Hearsh Chair in Money and Banking at UCLA.
  • Professor Ian Thomson, Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham. He is also Convenor of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research. 

Further information on our Speakers

Registration and Fees

Opens:  11 January 2021
Closes for main conference presenters and doctoral masterclass presenters: 28 February 2021
Closes 28 March 2021 for non-presenters

This year the registration fees are:

Both tickets include all conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday. For PhD students, the ticket also includes the doctoral masterclasses on Friday.

Buying a ticket registers you for this event. Tickets to BAFA conferences are only available to members. To purchase a ticket, log in to your account on the BAFA Membership Portal ( and click the 'Purchase Tickets' button. Select the appropriate ticket for the event you want to attend, and follow instructions. If you are not already a member of BAFA, please sign up for membership at


  • No late payments will be considered in 2021. 
  • No refunds after 26 March 2021.


Online Submission Opens:  5 October 2020 
Closes: 31 December 2020

We invite submissions of full papers on any topic from academics, final-year PhD students, and practitioners in the disciplines of accounting and finance. 

Papers will be reviewed by subject specialists drawn from our special interest groups and our partner learned societies (Management Control Association and Tax Research Network) 

We aim to provide a showcase for innovative research and teaching in accounting and finance. Streams for 2021 include:

  • Accounting History
  • Financial Reporting and Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting
  • Accounting Education
  • Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Services and Charities
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Financial Data Science and Econometrics
  • Taxation
  • New Technologies in Accounting, Auditing and Forensics

Our Early Career Researcher sessions will allow final-year PhD students and those who have completed their PhD within the last five years an opportunity to present their work and get feedback from invited faculty and others in smaller sessions.

Information on how to submit your paper can be found on the Conference FAQs page.


  • No late submissions will be considered in 2021.
  • No late payments will be considered in 2021


Our doctoral masterclasses will offer support and opportunities for feedback and participation

IMPORTANT: PhD students will be able to present in either the main conference or the doctoral masterclasses, not both. Please read the instructions below carefully.

Choose only ONE of the following options


Online Submission Opens: 5 October 2020 
Closes: 31 December 2020

Final-year PhD students and those who have completed their PhD within the last five years have the opportunity to submit FULL papers to the Early Career Parallel sessions held throughout Monday and Tuesday. They will get feedback from designated persons in the conference who will attend their presentation and offer feedback following the session, as well as receiving feedback in the session from the audience. 

Papers that are not accepted for presentation in one of the sessions on 12-13 April 2021 will be automatically be given a place in the doctoral masterclasses on 9 April 2021.


Online Submission Opens: 6 January 2021     
Closes: 31 January 2021

All doctoral students are invited to submit an ABSTRACT for the doctoral masterclasses to be held on Friday, 9 April 2021, unless they have submitted a paper to the main conference (option 1 above). Students will be invited to present their own work, and will get feedback from faculty and other students.

Students are expected to attend all sessions on Friday 9 April and will only be awarded a certificate of attendance on this basis. Students are also expected to attend the whole conference.

There are 80 places available on a first-come, first served basis. Once the quota is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Information on how to submit your abstract can be found on the Conference FAQs page.


  • No late submissions will be considered in 2021.
  • No late payments will be considered in 2021.


Online paper submission opens for the main conference: 5 October 2020

Deadline for submissions to the main conference: 31 December 2020

Online abstract submission opens for the masterclasses: 6 January 2021

Deadline for submissions to the doctoral masterclasses: 31 January 2021

Registration and payment opens: 11 January 2021

Paper acceptance notifications for the main conference by 5 February 2021

Registration and payment for main conference presenters and doctoral masterclass presenters closes: 28 February 2021

Registration and payment for non-presenters closes: 28 March 2021

Deadline for online submission of revised papers for the main conference: 14 March 2021

Detailed presentation programme announced: 29 March 2021


Any member of BAFA can make a nomination for our Distinguished Academic Award, our Lifetime Achievement Awards, our Distinguished Contribution Award and the new Outstanding Contribution to Accounting Education Award. Details and nomination forms can be found at Deadline for nominations is 1 December 2020


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