Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Louise Crawford

Deputy Director of Research and Professor of Accounting


Louise Crawford is a Professor of Accounting and Deputy Director of Research at Newcastle University Business School. Louise moved into academia after training with KPMG to become a Chartered Accountant and is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). Before being appointed at Newcastle University, she held academic positions at Robert Gordon University, Dundee University, Abertay University and St. Andrews University. Currently Louise is a visiting professor at University of Bergamo and has been a visiting researcher at University of Brescia for several years. Louise also serves on the ICAS Strategy and Research Advisory Group and is a member of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) civil society network.

Louise is committed to teaching and research that raises the awareness of how accounting and accountability practice impacts on business and society. In particular, Louise’s research focus is on understanding the politics and power embedded in processes of setting standards of accounting for corporate and not-for-profit organisations. This is a fascinating area because it is the standard setters who have influence over deciding what is accounted for, to whom accountability is owed and by what means accountability information is disclosed. Ultimately this impacts on the nature and scope of decisions that can be, and are, made by users of accounting information; thus there is opportunity and potential in the process to  increase transparency, enable accountability and improve the socio-economic condition of those affected by the activities of reporting organisations. Louise’s research has influenced debates and created impact concerning international accounting standard setting and European transparency legislation, in the context of enhancing accounting’s social relevance.

Louise is dedicated to ensuring her research meets the dual demands of publication in field-specific high quality academic journals and impact on business and society. To this end, she has published in academic journals, books, professional monographs and civil society reports. She has also been invited to present her research findings and recommendations to UK and European accounting regulators and legislators. Louise’s recent academic publications can be found in Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting Forum and Financial Accountability & Management. Recent professional monographs have been underpinned by funding from CCAB, ICAS and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. And recent civil society reports have been supported by Publish What You Pay.


Louise's research has been underpinned by funding and support from the following: 

Chatzivgeri, E., Chew, L., Crawford, L.[Co-Principal Investigator], Gordon, M., Haslam, J. [Co-Principal Investigator]: Exploring the efficacy of the EU Accounting Directive Chapter 10 Reports on Payments to Government Regulations: Reflections for the EU. Publish What You Pay (PWYP), invitation to bid for funds. Notification of award 8th September 2017 - £16,850, for November 2017 to July 2018 

L. Crawford (Principal Investigator & co-lead], G. Morgan (co-lead), C. Cordery, and O. Breen: International financial reporting for the not-for-profit sector. CCAB: Research invitation to tender 7th June 2013. Grant awarded 7th August 2013 - £20,000 (2013/14). 

L. Crawford [Principal Investigator], C. Helliar, D. Power. IFRS8: An analysis of the impact of IFRS 8 compliance on the published financial statements of UK companies: an analysis of disclosures and an investigation of user, preparer and auditor perceptions. ICAS - £14,070 (2010/11)  

L. Crawford, C. Helliar, D. Power. IFRS8: Exploring stakeholder perceptions of the new standard and its EC endorsement process. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - £3,750 (2008/09) 

L. Crawford, K. Falgi, C. Helliar, E Monk, C. Teodori, M.Veneziani, S. Wanyama. IAAER/ACCA International accounting education standards. IAAER/ACCA Grant Program for Research on International Accounting Education Standards - $25,000 (2008/10)  

L. Crawford, T. Dunne, G. Hannah & L. Stevenson. An exploration of Scottish charities’ governance and accountability. ICAS - £12,080 (2005/7) 

L. Crawford. Mechanisms and relationships that influence inclusion of active-learning in undergraduate accounting programmes.  The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland 


ACC2005 Intermediate Financial Accounting

ACC2020 Auditing

ACC4051 Dissertation