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Eva Labro

Professor of Accounting and Michael W. Haley Distinguished Scholar


Room 4011, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Eva Labro’s research and teaching interests in management accounting interface with other disciplines such as economics, operations management, financial accounting, tax and purchasing. She is specifically interested in costing system design, and the provision of management accounting information for both decision-making and performance measurement.

D r. Labro is an award-winning teacher and researcher. She received the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award three times – in 2011, 2013 and 2014 – from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She received the 2019 Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching, 2018 Bullard Award for Research Impact, 2017 Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching, 2016 Core Faculty Champion in Sustainability Award at UNC Kenan-Flagler, 2011 Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award, 2007 Best Management Accounting Paper Award at the American Accounting Association conference, and 2006 London School of Economics Teaching Prize.

She has published extensively in top journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management. She is the senior editor at the Journal of Management Accounting Research, and a senior editor at Production and Operations Management (POM) for its POM-Accounting Interface. She serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, European Accounting Review and Management Accounting Research.

Dr. Labro’s work has received research funding from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the U.K. and the Institute of Management Accountants in the U.S.

A dual American-Belgian national, she is fluent in Dutch/Flemish and conversational in French and German, with notions of Italian and Danish.

Before she joined UNC Kenan-Flagler, Dr. Labro was a reader (associate professor) at the London School of Economics.

She received her PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. She also studied in Denmark and the U.K. She received a doctoral fellowship from the Intercollegiate Centre for Management Studies in Brussels. She obtained her masters in commercial and business economics engineering (summa cum laude), a degree in business engineering (cum laude) and a teaching qualification from the Catholic University of Leuven.