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The International Centre of Public Accountability (ICOPA) was established in October 2021 and aims to address issues around accountability and transparency across the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Centre will establish and develop a world-leading research group, able to provide impact and influence academic activities, as well as public policy.

It will investigate these major issues through the lens of accounting, audit, accountability and transparency practices relating to public policy by bringing together researchers inside and outside the university along with leading policy makers and practitioners.

A central aim of the Centre is to bridge academia with policy and practice with a view to uphold the fundamental principles of liberty and democracy. Work has already begun here, both in research and in influencing MPs, supra-national bodies, the profession and others.

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The Centre aims to deliver its objectives by supporting colleagues with grant bids for pedagogical-based research and publishing of world-leading and internationally excellent papers in this area.

Laurence Ferry
Founding Director

Explore Our Research Centre

Our members are highly inter-disciplinary in the named research areas and have been working extensively together in a wide spectrum of scholarly work.

Our Research

We work to address important cross-disciplinary research questions.
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Our People

Get in touch with our outstanding team of researchers.
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Our Publications

Browse our researchers' published works.
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Upcoming events

SME Leaders Masterclass

Friday 29 September 2023 - Saturday 30 September 2023
1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Hotel Indigo, Durham City Centre
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QRFE Workshop on Market Microstructure, Fintech and AI

Thursday 19 October 2023 - Thursday 19 October 2023
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Durham University Business School
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CMA Durham Workshop

Monday 6 November 2023 - Tuesday 7 November 2023
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Durham University Business School
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CBID Seminar by Ioannis Floros (UW-Milwaukee)

Wednesday 15 November 2023 - Wednesday 15 November 2023
1:15 PM to 2:45 PM
Durham University Business School
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Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about the International Centre of Public Accountability (ICOPA), please email Professor Mariannunziata.Liguori

The International Centre of Public Accountability

Durham University Business School 
Mill Hill Lane 
Durham DH1 3LB, UK 

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5200