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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 appointed Professor of Accounting History and Head of Accounting and Business Method. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Accounting at Cardiff Business School and served as Head of the Accounting and Finance Section. He returned to Edinburgh in 2013 as Professor of Accounting and served as Head of the Accounting and Finance Group 2015-2018.

Stephen is a former editor of Accounting History Review and the Accounting Historians Journal and has guest edited special issues of Accounting, Business & Financial History, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Accounting History, and Accounting History Review. Stephen is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a former President of that organisation. He also served as the Convenor of the Accounting History Committee of ICAS and is a former academic fellow of the ICAEW. He has won a number of best in journal prizes and has been identified as one of the most productive researchers in accounting in the UK (Chan et al, 2006, 2014). Stephen currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting Historians Journal; Accounting History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting and International Journal of Auditing. Stephen has held visiting positions at Dauphine Université-Paris, Deakin University, Glasgow University, Sydney University, Victoria University of Wellington, and University G'dAnnunzio of Chieti-Pescara.

Research Interests

  • The emergence and development of the accountancy profession in Britain
  • Social histories of accounting
  • Accounting and gender in historical and contemporary contexts
  • Accounting and accountants at moments of economic, social and military crisis

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