Prof. Renata Stenka is currently an Associate Professor in Accounting at Henley Business School (HBS), University of Reading, UK. She holds the position of Programme Area Director for Postgraduate Studies in Accounting, providing strategic oversight for the development and delivery of the entire postgraduate portfolio in Accounting at HBS.
She completed her PhD in Financial Accounting at the University of Liverpool in the UK and, before moving to HBS, she held her first academic position at Keele University, UK. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Szczecin in Poland and the University of Odense in Denmark, where she was awarded a national scholarship by the Danish government to proceed onto her doctoral research.
Her novel interdisciplinary scholarly work integrates cognitive sociolinguistic and more quantitative corpus-based analytical paradigms to study corporate and regulatory discourses in the accounting context. Her research explores discursive pathways of institutionalisation of professional and regulatory practices. Most recently, Renata’s work considers how ever-increasing sustainability values and movements have challenged the ‘conventional’ shareholder focus of accounting and corporate reporting. Her current research interests relate to issues considering the implementation of the social and environmental corporate reporting innovations worldwide with a specific focus on the political and institutional aspects of accounting policy-making and regulation.
Renata’s work has been published in the top international journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and Accounting and Business Research. She is also a recipient of awards from the British Academy for her research projects.
Renata is involved in collaborative work with scholars from the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and Faculty of Economics at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).