Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Shanta Davie

Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance



Dr Shanta Davie is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance at Newcastle University Business School. She is a member of Cultures, Accounting and Management History Research Group. She is also an Academic Warden at Newcastle University Castle Leazes Halls of Residence.

Dr Davie has worked as a civil servant as well as a senior auditor prior to becoming an academic. She has also worked as a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. 


Dr. Davie was born, raised and educated in Fiji. She is of an Indo-Fijian and Indigenous Fijian background and speaks English, Fijian and Hindustani fluently. Dr. Davie read for her PhD at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, U.K.

Roles and Responsibilities

Module Leader - ACC3008: Auditing as social accountability
Module Leader - ACC3016: Accounting, organisations & society
Module Leader - NBS8144: Auditing Theory and Practice

Module Leader - NBS8146: Fundamentals of Accounting
Module Leader - ACC2020: Auditing
Academic Warden - Castle Leazes Halls of Residence



Previous Positions

Auditor, Ali & Co., Suva, Fiji 

Lecturer, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.


British Accounting Association
Management Control Association

Honours and Awards

(1)Awarded 'Outstanding Performance in Government Accounting' as an undergraduate.
(2)Awarded an ODA scholarship in 1993 to read for a PhD in accounting and financial management at University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST).
(3)Vangerschmeer Award 2003 for best accounting history paper.
(4)Best Paper Award (Qualitative)International Management Accounting Conference



Informal Interests

Scuba diving
Tree climbing


Research Interests

Research methodology in social science (especially within Acc & Fin)
Critical perspectives on accounting more generally
And in particular:
Any aspect of management accounting
Historical studies of accounting
Relationship between accounting and societal/institutional policies
Relationship between accounting and exclusionary policies
Accounting in transitional and emerging economies
Accounting, culture and ethnicity
Accounting and imperialism, with particular emphasis on ex British colonies

Dr Davie is always keen to discuss research proposals for posgraduate studies in these areas.

Current Work

Current research projects include:

The politics of cultural ontology.

Accounting for colonial labour relations: The politics of production in the periphery.

A critical ethnography of accounting knowledge production: Deliberate
choices for understanding the mundane.

Future Research

Accounting for indentured labour: An examination of British Indian indentured labour policies between 1834 - 1920.

Research Roles

Co-ordinator of faculty research group: Cultures, Imperialism & Accounting Practices

Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Davie has considerable experience in supervising Honours as well as MSc dissertations. She has also jointly supervised doctoral and potential doctoral candidates in their research for a higher degree.


Dr Davie has received seed-corn funding from:
Overseas Development Administration
Management Control Association
Edinburgh Centre for European Financial Studies
Arts and Humanities Research Fund, Newcastle University
Heriot-Watt University


Newcastle University Accommodation
Henderson Hall
Academic Warden


Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Davie has considerable experience of teaching at all undergraduate levels - Pre 1st Year (Foundation) to Year 4 Honours level.

Postgraduate Teaching

She has also taught research methodology at the Masters and MSc levels.