Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium

qualitative accounting photo stock


8th Annual Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium

Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th at York University. 

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speech will be presented by Helen Tregidga (Royal Holloway, University of London).

The panel this year will feature Helen Tregidga (Royal Holloway, University of London), Carla Edgley (Cardiff University), Christine Gilbert (Université Laval), Julius Otusanya (University of Lagos), and Fernanda Sauerbronn (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).

An Emerging Scholars Colloquium will take place on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at York University. See below for further information.

A Special Issue in Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración (ARLA) is linked to this year’s Symposium. The call for papers can be found at: 

Qualitative research in accounting: Navigating dichotomies through alternative knowledge | Emerald Publishing (emeraldgrouppublishing.com) 

Registration is available through the “Register now” button to the right. Please submit full papers through the “Submit a full paper” button to the right. Please submit abstracts/project summaries for lightning sessions through the “Submit a lightning submission” button to the right. 

The Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium (QARS) showcases a niche area of research in the accounting field. Qualitative accounting scholars comprise a dynamic and growing component of the scholarly community. This symposium serves as a platform to unite the community, enable collaboration amongst its members, and add legitimacy to its research output. We are determined to develop and share ideas in a respectful manner and we do not tolerate personal attacks. Participants are encouraged to keep their feedback constructive. 

We acknowledge and welcome the diverse population of academia and consider all active participants as valued contributors. We strive to achieve, amongst others, gender, racial, and visible minority groups representation and balance throughout the conference, visible in the organizing committee, speakers, panelists and moderators. In alignment with the University of Guelph’s Anti-Racism Policy, we affirm the fundamental principle of equality to all peoples and recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of every person, as well as our responsibility and commitment to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination.

Emerging Scholars Colloquium 2023

The ESC will provide emerging scholars with an opportunity to present and discuss their research projects with senior qualitative researchers within a relatively informal atmosphere. The ESC will take place on November 22, 2023, preceding the QARS on November 23-24, 2023, which ESC participants are encouraged to attend. We are pleased to offer some travel funding support to ESC participants thanks to the York University VPRI Small Research Grant program.

The application deadline is Friday, October 6, 2023. Please submit your ESC application to the “Apply to the ESC” button to the right. Your application should include a brief biography, your research proposal, and an indication of your travel funding needs (if applicable).

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by Monday, October 30, 2023.


One very convenient accommodation option is the Schulich Executive Learning Centre hotel which is located on the York University Campus. There is a hold on 30 rooms for QARS attendees until October 20, 2023. After that date, bookings will be subject to availability. To make a reservation at the Executive Learning Centre hotel, please call the front desk at 416-650-8300 or email reservations@schulich.yorku.ca, and provide the QARS block number: 526456.

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

56 Fine Arts Rd.

Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

T: 416.650.8300 F: 416.650.8333

Email: reservations@schulich.yorku.ca

For additional information and driving directions, please visit:


The following is additional information provided by the Executive Learning Centre:

Cancellation and No-Show Policy: If you find it necessary to cancel or change plans, please inform us 24 hrs prior to arrival date to avoid one night's room and tax charged to your credit card or budget number. Upon cancellation, you will receive a cancellation number for your records. Failure to arrive on the day of your reservation will result in a "No-Show" fee of one night's room and tax being automatically applied to the guaranteed credit card or budget number.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. in the Executive Dining Room.

The Executive Learning Centre at the Schulich School of Business is a non-smoking and scent-free facility. With the exception of medical alert and guide dogs; pets are not permitted.

Kindly note that upon check-in a credit card will be required to cover incidental charges (Telephone, meals, laundry etc.) Our check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon. Please let us know in advance if you require your room earlier than our 4 p.m. check-in time and we shall do our best to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

Should you require your room past our 12-noon check-out time, the following fees are applicable:

Extended Departure until 3 p.m.


Extended Departure until 5 p.m.


Extended Departure after 5 p.m.

Full Night Rate

As a guest of the Executive Learning Centre, you are welcome to enjoy the use of the Penthouse floor. This level hosts a Fitness Centre, with a full range of equipment including two treadmills, an elliptical trainer, a recumbent bike, free weights, an exercise ball, stretching mats and shower facilities.

Parking: Parking at York University is not controlled by the Executive Learning Centre. Please visit the York University Parking Services website at https://www.yorku.ca/parking/ for more details. Please note that parking fees cannot be charged to an in-house guest room account.

Here are the step-by-step instructions for ELC guests parking in the Student Services Garage using the HonkMobile app:

1. Download and install the HonkMobile App from your device's App store

2. Sign up for your free HONK account with an email address, mobile phone number and license plate

3. Click on Enter Zone ID and search for Zone ID "ELC"

4. Select the time you want to park for, confirm your information and hit Pay

5. HONK will notify you by text message 15 minutes before your parking time expires

Our Front Desk is the single point of contact for all guest services, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will be pleased to assist with all of your personal and business needs.


The Symposium welcomes academics, graduate students and practitioners at all levels of experience, who are interested in qualitative accounting research. We encourage the submission of full papers from all areas of accounting as well as interdisciplinary research.