Mr David Carpenter

Academic Support Officer

Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3564


Room number
Main Building 178

David J Carpenter was educated at Hanley Castle and the University of Leeds. On graduation, he joined a firm of Chartered Accountants, qualifying in 1980.  Subsequently, he took a double First in Mathematics, a Masters in Mathematics, and became a Master of Laws. He has published journal articles and presented papers in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Continental Europe: some of them have won prizes.

He has been Visiting Professor at Western-Illinois University, and acted as Chair and Referee for European Accounting Association and British Accounting Association Conferences.

He joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 1980.


  • 2000 – date: Various positions, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.

  • 1983 – 2000: Senior Lecturer, University of Central England.

  • 1976 – 1983: Audit Senior, Chalmers, Impey & Co.

  • 1976: Various positions, Ministry of Defence.

Teaching activity
LT1305: Law
LT1307: Principles of Economics
LT1308: Financial Accounting
LT2308: Management Accounting
LT3315: International Trade Law
EM4001: Strategic Finance
EM4010: Quantitative Methods

Research interests

Mathematics of finance;

Corporate governance;

Professional ethics.

Selected publications


  • “Elements of Accounting Ethics: The Notion of 'Fairness'“, Business & Professional Ethics Journal, Vol. 13, Nos.  1 & 2, Spring/Summer 1994, pp. 57-77.

  • “Some Approaches to a ‘True and Fair View’: A Review”, Irish Accounting Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1994, pp. 49-64.

Conference Papers

  • “The Derivative Claim in English and Welsh Law as an Instrument of Corporate Governance”, 6th International Conference on Corporate Governance, Geneva, Switzerland, 21-22 May 2007.

  • "On Truth in Accounting", 10th Annual IAFA Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 8-9 May 1997.

  • “Ethical Principles and Accounting Practice”, European Accounting Association Annual Conference, Bergen, Norway, 2-5 May 1996.

  • “Critique and Change: Encouraging Corporate Responsibility”, Fourth Critical Perspectives Symposium, New York, 26-28 April, 1996.

  • “Total Impact Accounting and Corporate Responsibility”, 9th Annual IAFA Conference, Dundalk, Ireland, 2-3 April 1996.

  • “Corporate Governance and Business Ethics: A Role for Accountants”, Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference: Melbourne, 9-12 July 1995.

  • “Accounting’s Potential Role in Business Ethics”, First Asian Pacific Interdisciplinary Conference: The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2-5 July 1995.

  • “On the Position of Accountancy in the Professional Continuum”, Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference: The University of Limerick, 15-16 May 1995.

  • “The Potential of Accounting Profit for Encouraging Corporate Responsibility”, Second Accounting Ethics conference: Rochester Institute of Technology, 13-14 April, 1995.

  • “Accounting, Ethics and Professionalism”, Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference: Wollongong, 3-6 July 1994

  • “Ethics in Accounting: The Notion of ‘Fairness’”:  First Accounting Ethics conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, 6-7 May, 1993.

  • “‘True and Fair’: A Critical Perspective”: Third Critical Perspectives Symposium, New York, 16-18 April, 1993.

  • “‘True and Fair View’: A Review”, Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference: University College, Dublin, 1-2 April, 1993.

  • “Ethics and the Accounting Profession: A Series of Unreliable Views?” Second Critical Perspectives Symposium: New York, Easter 1991.

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