Daniela Senkl | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Daniela Senkl

Assistant Professor, Accounting
Department of Management
Phone number: 
+1 (519) 824-4120 ext. 54651
Macdonald Hall (MAC) Room 215

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Daniela has joined the Department of Management in August 2018. Her research is centered around corporate reporting of sustainabilty related aspects such as environmental impacts and community wellbeing, and the limitations of such reporting. She uses critical theories such as feminist theories to explore how accounting shapes and is shaped by society. Before joining the University of Guelph, Daniela held a position as a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Daniela has taught diverse financial accounting classes in which she encourages students to take a critical perspective on accounting. 

Daniela is one of the organizers of the Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium which is held annually in the last week of November, hosted by the University of Guelph and York University.

Daniela is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (SAMPJ) and the Editorial Board of the Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ).

Together with Julius Otusanya, Marcela Porporato and Fernanda Sauerbronn, Daniela is a guest editor of a special issue on "Qualitative research in accounting: Navigating dichotomies through alternative knowledge" in the Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion. More information can be found here. Submission deadline: 29 February 2024.

Environmental Reporting and Sustainability

Feminist Theory and Gender Related Issues in Accounting

Community Wellbeing in the Mining Industry

Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking in Co-operative Organizations

Senkl, D. (2024). "Imagining Otherwise: Conceptualising Sustainability in an era of Extractivism through an Agonistic Feminist lens: A response to Gendron (2024)," Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (forthcoming).

Lassou, PJC., Sorola, M., Senkl, D., Lauwo, SG., & Masse, C. (2023). "Monetization of politics and public procurement in Ghana," Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 37 Issue 1, pp. 85-118. 

Cooper, DJ., Everett, J., Himick, D., & Senkl, D. (2023). "Rethinking Accounting, Accountability and Accounting Regulation: Concerns about the Proposed Canadian Sustainability Standards Board," Accounting Perspectives, Vol. 22 Issue 2, pp. 215-234.

Senkl, D. & Cooper C. (2023). "On valuing (m)other nature in times of climate crises - A reflection on the non and nom of accounting for (m)other nature," Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 91, Article 102430.

Cooper, C. & Senkl, D. (2016). "An(other) truth: a feminist perspective on KPMG’s true value," Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 7 Issue 4, pp.494-516.


Book chapter:

Cooper, C., Romi, A., & Senkl, D. (2022). Accounting, sustainability and the feminine. In: Adams, C. (Eds.) "Handbook of Accounting and Sustainability" (pp. 136-156). Edward Elgar.



Sommer, F., Klink, J., Senkl, D. & Hartmann M. (2015). "Determinants of web-based CSR disclosure in the food industry", International Journal on Food System Dynamics, Vol. 6 Issue 1, pp. 24-31.

Bassen, A. & Senkl, D. (2011). "ESG: environmental, social, governance issues", Die Betriebswirtschaft, Vol. 71 Issue 5, p. 506.

Bassen, A. & Senkl, D. (2010). "Leistungsindikatoren nachhaltiger Unternehmensfuehrung", Controlling, Vol. 22 Issue 4-5, pp. 256-261.

Daniela has received funding from CAAA for her project on Integrated Thinking and co-operatives.

Her research on community well-being of mining communities in Ghana has received funding from the Institute for Sustainable Commerce in Guelph.
This funding has allowed Lily Taylor-Stackhouse to join the project team as research assistant. In this video, Lily is showcasing the results of their summer project here.

Daniela recently received mitacs funding to work towards a better understanding of women's experiences in the mining industry.

For the Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium with the theme "Challenging 'unconscious' dichotomies", Daniela received SSHRC funding throug the Connection Grant.

Daniela has received funding for undergraduate and graduate research assistants on a university and faculty level (watch a short video from the 2020 URA showcase event here) and she has received funding from the SSHRC institutional (exchange) grant to conduct research on the project "On valuing (m)other nature in times of climate crises" (see publications).

Outanding Paper Award, 2016, Emeraldi Literati Network Awards for Excellence. For 'An(Other) truth: A feminist perspective on KPMG's True Value'

Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2020, for continued support of the Sustainablity Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

Paul MacPherson Teaching Award of Excellence, 2020, issued by the Lang School of Business and Economics

Outstanding Support to Student Accessibility Services, 2020

For current courses and office hours, please check the the course outline or the information published on courselink.

Taught courses:

  • ACCT*1220 (Introduction to Financial Accounting)
  • MGMT*3020 (Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • MGMT*3320 (Financial Management)
  • ACCT4340 (Accounting Theory)


Undergraduate Supervision: Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing the option to conduct an Independent Study Course (BUS*4550, 1-semester, 0.5 credits), or Undergraduate Thesis (MGMT*4991/2, 2-semester, 1 credit). Here is a presentation of a recent Undergrad Thesis.

Graduate Supervision: I welcome requests from pospective graduate students (MSc or PhD) who share my research interests in sustainability, social and environmental reporting, and gender-related issues in accounting. I am also interested in exploring alternative forms of organizations, such as co-operatives. Please include a brief statement of your research interests and prior experiences in your email.

"Everyone should have a say on the future of green accounting" -- article by David Cooper, Daniela Senkl and Jeff Everett published in The Conversation, March 15, 2022. Available here.

"To protect the planet, we must put the economy in its rightful place" -- article by Susan Koswan refers to our Conversation piece from March 15, 2022. Available here.


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