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PACCFINTAX: Public Sector Accounting, Finance and Taxation Research Group

The Public Sector Accounting, Finance and Taxation Research Group (PACCFINTAX) at Cardiff University serves as a resource for researchers, policymakers and practitioners interested in public sector accounting/finance issues.

PACCFINTAX is based in the Accounting and Finance section of Cardiff Business School, with group members deriving from across the School and beyond. The group is jointly coordinated by Dr Dennis De Widt and Professor Carla Edgley.


Research of the group covers the broad range of activities aimed at ensuring the efficient, effective, sustainable, and accountable use and collection of public funds. Research group members employ a diverse array of research methods to produce high quality scholarly and policy relevant research, including the frequent use of interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis.

Supporting the Public Value philosophy of Cardiff Business School, the research group aims to contribute to the development of policies and practices that improve the governance, administration and collection of public funds, ultimately enhancing the quality and accessibility of public services.

Key research areas of PACCFINTAX include:

  • Public sector accounting and public sector audit
  • Public sector finances and public sector financial management
  • Tax policymaking and tax administration

Meet the team

Academic staff

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Professor Leighton Andrews

Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation

+44 29208 76564
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Dr Dennis De Widt

Reader in Accounting and Finance

+44 29208 76569
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Professor Carla Edgley

Professor of Accounting and Finance, Deputy Head of Section (Learning and Teaching)

+44 29208 76567
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Professor Kevin Holland

Professor of Accounting and Taxation

+44 29208 75725
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Dr Simon Norton

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

+44 29208 76675
Picture of Shuo Sun

Dr Shuo Sun

Research Associate


Public sector accounting and public sector audit publications

Public sector finances and public sector financial management publications

Tax policymaking and tax administration publications


Tax Research Network Conference - Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Conference dates: 9 - 10 September 2024
Tax Education Day: 11 September

Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Cardiff Business School


Registration for the conference is open and details can be found on the Tax Research Network webpage.

Conference information

The conference will be held at the Postgraduate Teaching centre, Cardiff Business School from 9-11 September and will run as an in-person conference with some, but limited, virtual provision for those who are unable to travel. As usual, the first two days will be research focused, while the Tax Education Day will run on the 11 September.

There will be concurrent sessions over the conference to accommodate the papers submitted. The virtual sessions will be conducted via Microsoft Teams with links to be provided prior to the conference.

The conference will offer a limited number of fee scholarships and travel bursaries for PhD students and Early Career Research/Teaching colleagues. We will also hope to have limited funding for supporting childcare costs. Further details will be available once registration opens.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on the evening of Monday 9 September at Cardiff Castle, a landmark heritage site close to the University. The dinner will commence with a drinks reception in the Castle Library followed by dinner in the spectacular Banquet Hall.

The Call for Papers is now closed

Further details on this event will be available on the TRN website in due course.

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff.

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