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Professor Jim Haslam

Director of Research, Professor of Accounting

Director of Research, Professor of Accounting in the Business School


Professor Jim Haslam, BA (Hons), ACA, FRSA, PhD, has over 35 years of experience in academia. After graduating with first class honours from Sheffield University in 1981, he qualified as ACA in practice with Ernst and Whinney (now part of Ernst and Young) and then took up his first full-time lectureship at Aston University in 1984. He was at Bangor University and then the London School of Economics before becoming a senior lecturer at Essex University in 1990 where he was awarded his doctorate. His first Chair was at Waikato University, New Zealand, in 1995 and since then has been a Professor at Heriot-Watt, Dundee, Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield, returning to Durham in 2021. He is an Honorary Professor at Dundee. Across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Africa and Asia, he has had a number of international visitor positions and been plenary/keynote speaker for a range of conferences. He has served in various capacities for other universities internationally including external examining and consultancy.

His many research outputs include contributions to the critical social analysis of accounting and related practices, e.g.: methodological issues; accounting history; the nature and constitution of accounting’s social power; accounting’s actual and potential progressiveness (publishing a book on Accounting and Emancipation with Sonja Gallhofer). Professor Haslam has served on editorial boards of several leading international journals for many years. He was a co-editor of the Pacific Accounting Review and has served as an associate editor on several boards including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. He has been guest editor of the latter as well as Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Accounting Forum. He has advanced critical interpretation of Bentham’s writings on accounting. His interest in transparency/accountability has led to engagement with issues of transparency of corporate payments to governments and the interface with government accountability (partly funded by Publish What You Pay). Current collaborative studies in this area include an in-depth analysis of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Trinidad and Tobago, research into the impact of extractives in Ghana and research into corporate tax transparency and investors (funded by NORAD, a Norwegian body concerned with development). He is also engaged in the area of audit reform and advising NGOs on accounting/audit issues. He is an experienced PhD supervisor and interests include transparency and accountability, public sector accounting, history, audit, sustainability and the interface between accounting/audit practice and particular social groups. 

While at Sheffield, Jim received funding from NORAD to survey investors globally on corporate tax transparency – you can help him to circulate the survey, it is at

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Professor Jim Haslam, BA (Hons), ACA, FRSA, PhD, is an internationally recognised researcher in the critical social analysis of accounting and related practices. He is an experienced educator and supervisor and is envisaged in projects concerned to realize the progressive potential of accounting/transparency and audit.


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