This event marked the book launch of 'Pioneers of Critical Accounting: A Celebration of the Life of Tony Lowe' which honours the life and work of Tony Lowe, a pioneer of critical accounting, and the first professor of Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield.
About Tony Lowe
Tony Lowe (1928-2014) became the first Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield in 1971. His influence on the field of study is significant and is recognised as the father figure of ‘The Sheffield School’ of Interdisciplinary and Critical Accounting Research. He retired from the School in 1985.
In 2000, Tony was honoured the award of the highest accolade from the British Accounting Associate (BAA) – now the British Accounting and Finance Association – the Distinguished Academic Award.
During his career, Tony Lowe held appointments at institutions across the world including MIT, Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley in America, the University of Waikato in New Zealand and the University of the South Pacific.
The interdisciplinary and critical approach to accounting practised by Tony Lowe and his contemporaries at Sheffield came to be known as the Sheffield School, addressing major business and social issues of the time.
Dedicated talks were given by speakers Prem Sikka Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, UK, and Jim Haslam Professor of Accounting, Governance and Society at the University of Sheffield, UK. All guest enjoyed the book launch presentation in the commemorative Tony Lowe lecture theatre at the Management School followed by a celebratory afternoon tea in the Courtyard Cafe.