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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. 


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 former editor of Accounting History Review and The Accounting Historians Journal. He is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a past-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 History Review; Accounting, Organizations and Society and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Stephen was recently Head of the Accounting and Finance Group at the Business School. He has held visiting positions at Dauphine Université-Paris, Deakin University, Glasgow University, Sydney University, Victoria University of Wellington and Università degli Studi "Gabriele d'Annunzio"

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Occupational Expansion, Fertility Decline and Recruitment to the Professions in Scotland, 1850-1914, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent

Award Date: 1 Jan 1981


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