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Professor of Accounting

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Stephen joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Accounting in 1991, having trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He was subsequently Head of Department and Professor of Accounting History. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Accounting at Cardiff Business School and served as the Head of the Accounting and Finance Section.

He is consulting editor of Accounting History Review and a former editor of the Accounting Historians Journal. He is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a former President of that organisation. Stephen has also served as the Convenor of the Accounting History Committee of ICAS and is a former academic fellow of the ICAEW. He currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting Historians Journal; Accounting History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting and European Accounting Review. Stephen has held visiting positions at Dauphine Université-Paris, Deakin University, Glasgow University, Sydney University and Victoria University of Wellington.

Research Interests

  • The emergence and development of the accountancy profession in Britain
  • The history of accounting in social institutions
  • Accounting and gender in historical and contemporary contexts

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