Current conference

The 27th Annual Tax Research Network Conference

3 – 5 September 2018    University of Birmingham

Call for papers now open

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Professors Andy Lymer and Penelope Tuck, the Conference Organisers at University of Birmingham and TRN Chair, Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes, are pleased to announce that the TRN’s 27th Annual Conference will be held on 3 and 4 September 2018 at the University of Birmingham.  As in previous years, the main conference will include a Doctoral Colloquium for PhD students and post-doctoral early career researchers which will take place in the afternoon of 4 September, also in Birmingham.  We will be holding a Tax Education day on 5 September 2018.

The TRN draws together tax scholars, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to discuss all aspects of tax research.  The Conference details are now available on the University of Birmingham:

Venue for the Conference

The conference will take place at the Alan Waters Building (, University of Birmingham, an award winning building (, which is located in the heart of the Campus at the University of Birmingham en-suite accommodation for Conference presenters and participants will be available at the new University hotel and the Conference Centre, Lucas House.

Further details about booking and accommodation will be available shortly on the University of Birmingham website.

Call for papers

The focus of the Conference is tax research from different perspectives. The Conference continues to be a multidisciplinary event and will be of particular interest to accountants, lawyers, economists, sociologists, anthropologists and historians and a wide variety of other scholars from the social sciences and humanities.

You are cordially invited to submit a paper for this conference.  There is no specific theme although there is a particular interest in papers with a strong theoretical grounding, innovative aspects and /or interesting empirical results.

Proposals for papers must be sent to the conference organisers at, by 31 March 2018.

The proposal should take the form of an extended abstract of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. You will be notified whether or not your paper is accepted by 30 April 2018.  Full versions of accepted papers must be submitted by 31 July 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact Penelope Tuck or Andy Lymer directly if you have any queries ( and respectively)

Doctoral Colloquium on the afternoon of 4 September 2018

As in previous years, the Conference will include a Doctoral Colloquium to provide an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers to present their work.  The requirements for submission of papers for the Doctoral Colloquium on 4 September are the same as for the Annual Conference, so please specify when submitting your abstract whether you would like to present at the Annual Conference or the Doctoral Colloquium.

Tax Education Day on 5 September 2018

A new feature for the conference in 2018 will be a day on tax education. This will address both University level teaching of taxation and the teaching of tax to professional students. Participants are invited to present details of interesting and innovative ways they are undertaking tax teaching for part of the day. Invited speakers will fill other parts of the day to provide a practical and (we hope) inspiring day suitable for anyone involved in tax education. If you wish to submit a presentation (full papers are not necessarily required) for this day please indicate on the submission form that you are targeting this day for your offering. Please contact Andy Lymer for further details (

Presenter Fee Waiver

We expect to be able to offer a conference registration fee and accommodation charge waiver for one presenter of each accepted paper for both the Conference and Doctoral Colloquium. The Education day will be subject to a small fee for all non-Phd participants. In addition successful PhD students will be able to apply for funding for reasonable UK travel expenses.

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in September 2018.

The Conference Organisers at the University of Birmingham

Professor Andy Lymer

Professor Penelope Tuck

Address for submission of abstracts: