Aris joined the faculty of Athabasca University in 2008 after four years as a lecturer and then senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Exeter School of Business (UK). His teachings included financial and management accounting at the undergraduate level and corporate governance and corporate social responsibility at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Aris holds a PhD (An Investigation into a Conceptual Framework for Environmental Reporting) from Sheffield University in the UK. He also holds a BA in Business Studies, Major Accounting from Middlesex University; a BA in Business Studies, Hons, Major Accounting from Westminster University; and an MA in Accounting and Finance from Essex University. He is proud to say that his post secondary education began at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Aris has taught at Manchester University School of Accounting, Sheffield University Management School, The Open University Business School (UK) and Cardiff University Business School.

His main research interests are Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, the integration of accounting techniques and practices into corporate social responsibility, and conceptual frameworks.

Currently, Aris is collaborating with two other authors in negotiations with the Oxford University Press (OUP) to write a first year financial accounting textbook for business students.

Aris received a scholarship for his PhD at both Manchester and Sheffield universities and has acquired several research grants over the years amounting to just over C$100,000. His recent research projects include looking at disclosure in private meetings between institutional investors and companies, funded by a grant from The Nuffield Foundation in the UK; the second is developing a new accounting statement to look at the financial contribution that companies make to society; and the third involves overseeing the business section of the Athabasca River Basin Bibliography, for which he was awarded a grant of C$50,000 from The Athabasca River Basin Institute (ARBI), an Athabasca University Research Centre.

Because Aris obtained his degrees as a mature student – he earned first degree at 29 and his PhD at 39 – he is firmly committed to the open university model and its philosophy to remove educational barriers and open the doors to education for all students.

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