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Dr Karen McBride

Reader in Accounting


PhD Supervisor

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I am a Reader in Accounting and Accountability.

An enthusiastic researcher, I have a PhD and Masters' degree in Research Methods. Experienced in working independently and with an ability to meet deadlines.

I am involved in developing research in Accounting History, within Portsmouth, nationally and internationally. As Deputy Chair, Secretary and co-founder of the Accounting History Special Interest group (SIG) of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), my role involves organising conferences, workshops, meetings and the newsletter of this international group. Co-organised and led a series of monthly workshops in Accounting History from January 2021 to May 2021, these will recommence in the autumn.

In 2020, I won funding from the Financial Reporting Council for a research project on the changes in directors remuneration after the new Corporate Governance Code 2018. This research was carried out by a team from the School of Business and Law and published in May 2021.

In 2019, I received funding from the British Council to run an emerging scholars workshop on sustainability and corporate reporting, with delegates from Russia and the UK. The workshop was successful and has resulted in research links and networking across Russia and the UK.

I am joint editor of a special edition of British Accounting Review (BAR) on 'Exploring Accounting History', with papers considering the history of accounting and its relevance to the present day.

Currently a joint editor on a special issue of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 'Exploring the Historical Roots of Environmental and Ecological Accounting, Auditing and Accountability'

Publications in the area of Enforcement of Accounting Standards for Financial Reporting were joint work, one paper of which I was a main author, won a best paper prize from BAR journal. The work supported by a grant from the ICAEW, resulted in a monograph for the Institute with impact and changes in accounting regulation and enforcement.

In 2022, I will be convenor of the 11th Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC), which will be held at Portsmouth, the first time this pretigious conference has been held in the UK, since its inception over twenty years ago.


Before becoming an academic I trained to be a chartered accountant with a medium sized firm in Southampton.  I became a tax manager and subsequently a senior audit manager at another larger firm locally.

I am a researcher and have presented papers at numerous research conferences both in the UK and overseas.

I also try to remain engaged with the accountancy profession. My research has involved interviews with senior people in the profession and this along with other research projects has helped me to keep up to date with current developments and issues.

I currently have an impact support role for the School of Business and Law.

Research interests

My main research interests are in the broad subjects of financial reporting and auditing.

My recent research has been mainly in the area of Accounting History. A current project and the topic of my PhD studies, considers the role of the Royal Navy and Naval accounting in the development of accounting in the UK.  

Research interests include:

  • Accounting History
  • Corporate Governance
  • Enforcement of Accounting Standards
  • Environmental, Ecological and Corporate Social Responsibility reporting
  • Accounting, Auditing and Big Data
  • Accountants as Managers

Teaching responsabilities

I teach Financial Accounting and International Accounting at final year of undergraduate level.

I also deliver research training sessions for students engaged in projects, dissertations and doctorates at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Aiming to inspire curiosity and knowledge.

Media availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond in a timely manner. Please contact me directly at karen.mcbride@port.ac.uk.