Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Jane Gibbon

Senior Lecturer in Accounting


Personal Information

Jane is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and her broad interests are within social and environmental accounting. She is Senior Tutor for Accounting and Finance (N400) and a co-convenor of the Accountability, Governance, Ethics and Sustainability (AGES) research group

Her current practice based research is focussed upon the tensions and difficulties of measuring and proving social impact within third sector organisations. This work has developed out of her PhD from St Andrews University. She has also researched and worked with organisations working within Fair Trade. Jane is currently supervising three postgraduate students doing research projects within accountability and governance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Tutor N400
Module Tutor ACC4051


BSc (Oxford Brookes University)
PGCED (Northumbria University)
MA (Lancaster University)
PhD (St Andrews University)

Previous Positions

Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University
Systems Accountant, Allders Department Stores
Financial Analyst, American Express Europe Ltd
Group Accountant, The Medicine Group


Associate Member Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA)
Member of the Social Audit Network (SAN)
Member of Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
British Accounting Association (BAA)
European Accounting Association (EAA)
Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC)

Honours and Awards

Highly Commended Award winner of the 2010 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category.


Research Interests

My research interests are broadly within the area of social and environmental accounting developed through an active interest in and engagement with social reporting in third sector organisations. I have recently completed an ESRC Fellowship where I developed a toolkit with sport and leisure social enterprises to help measure their social impact and value.

My PhD "Enacting social accounting with a community enterprise: actualising hermeneutic conversation" at St Andrews University was chosen by the Editors of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, as being of exceptionally high quality and worthy of a Highly Commended Award in the 2010 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category.

I am interested in business ethics and accountability and I am an active member of the Accountability, Governance, Ethics and Sustainability (AGES) research group.


Other Expertise

Management accounting

Current Work

I am currently working with a wide range of third sector organisations helping them to develop and understand social reporting and impact measurement.

Future Research

Monetisation issues within third sector social value reporting

Research Roles

Co-convenor of AGES research group

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD: Juila Janfeshar Nobari (on social measurement). Juila is on an ESRC-CASE studentship in collaboration with partner organisation, Norcare Ltd. With Dr David Campbell.

PhD: Mara Rahman. Mara is a lecturer in accounting at the National University of Malaysia and is at Newcastle doing his PhD until 2011. It is on intellectual capital reporting. With Dr David Campbell

PhD. Adillah Yusof. Adillah is an academic in KL and is on a three year PhD programme exploring the accountabilities of non-exec directors chairing board committees in public companies.

Esteem Indicators

Member of the editorial board of Journal of Applied Accounting Research
Reviewer for Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting Forum, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal and Business Ethics a European Review.
Trustee and Finance Director Jesmond Swimming Pool
Member of the Social Audit Network Research Steering Group with Northern Rock Foundation
Member of the social audit panel for Shared Interest


March 2009. ESRC CASE studentship. 'Accountability and social measurement for third sector supported housing organisations: critical insights and pragmatic approaches', with Dr David Campbell.Value is about £60,000.

February 2010. ESRC Fellowship. 'Measuring social value for cultural and leisure facilities managed by third sector organisations'. Value £8,500.


Undergraduate Teaching

ACC3002 Management Accounting
ACC4051 Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (dissertation)

Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8233 Management Decision Making and Control
NBS8223 Dissertation supervision
U0809 Dissertation supervision (Groningen)