Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Staff Profile

Dr Lana Liu

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance


Lana Liu is Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and currently Director of Studies of postgraduate taught programmes at Newcastle University Business School. Over the past 22 years at Newcastle University, she has served a number of management roles at school, faculty and university levels. She gained her doctoral degree in management accounting and is a fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK). Prior to her academic career, Lana worked in international accounting firms and publicly listed companies in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Esteem Indicators:

Lana was principal investigator of a number of UK-funded research projects (totalling over £141,000) and co-investigator of international collaborative research projects (equivalent to £168,000) over the years.

Lana has been awarded the first-ever CIMA Teaching Excellence (Global Silver) in 2020 and CIMA Excellence Award (Innovative Teaching Practices - UK) in 2022.

She was a member of CIMA examination and assessment oversight panel.

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Studies - Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2021 - present)

Degree Programme Director - MSc Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment (2015 - 2021)

Degree Programme Director - MSc International Financial Analysis (2015 - 2018) 

Member of University Education Partnership Sub-Committee (2015 - 2018) 

Head of NUBS International Undergraduate Recruitment (2006 - 2018)

NUBS International Admissions Officer (2003-2006)

Member of Internationalisation Strategy Committee (2007 - 2013) 

Elected Member to University Council (2008 - 2011)

Member of University Senate (2005 - 2008) 


PhD in Management Accounting

PG Diploma in Business Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Economics

PG Cert. Academic Practice

HEA Certificate of Fellowship


Member of British Accounting and Finance Association 

Member of European Accounting Association

Member of British Academy of Management

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1994-1998) 




Research Interests

  • Issues of management accounting innovations in practice: development and implementation; design and use of activity-based innovations; UK and developing countries. 
  • Performance management and management control system: design and use and contextual factors.
  • Contemporary Issues with innovation methods and technology incubation. 
  • Integrated sustainability reporting.
  • The effect of using metrics in research management on academic eco-system. 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

I have acted as principal supervisor to doctoral candidates in the following areas: 

  • Performance Management System 
  • Management Accounting Practices 
  • Management Control Systems
  • Management Accounting Innovations
  • Sustainability Reporting, Integrated Reporting
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Pay Gap


Newcastle University Education Development Fund, Strategic Project (2019-2021). Examining Different Learners' Development of Critical Learning Skills in Postgraduate Taught Programmes: a Comparative Study in Accounting and Finance and in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. (approx.£6900). 
Newcastle University Innovative Project Fund, Responsive Project (2017-18), Literature Review of International Learners' Critical Learning over the Last Three Decades. (£1,522)
Innovation UK, Verifiable electronic voting for real-world elections (Feb 2018-Jan 2019). (£99,560)
Confucius Institute, Annual Business Lectures, £4,390 (December 2016). 
Chinese Natural Science Research Council "Value-Based and Strategic-Oriented Management Accounting Research in China" amount RMB1,370,000 (equivalent to £160,000) (2011-2014)
CIMA interventionist research grant £12,822 (Feb 2008-Mar 2011)
China Ministry of Education Humanity and Social Science Importance Research Project (project number: 05JJD630002) RMB80,000 (equivalent to £8,000) (2007-2010)
CIMA research grant £6,000 (Oct 2002-Sept 2003)
University Teaching and Learning Committee grant on "Transition of International Partner Students in the UK" £7500 (2009)
HASS Faculty innovation research grant £2,500 (2002)
Additional Research Activities  
Accessor of ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme since 2008
Ad hoc referee for Journal of Management Accounting Studies, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Applied Accounting Research and Journal of Cleaner Production. 
Visiting professor of Institute of Accounting and Finance Research, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics 


Undergraduate Teaching

ACC3002 Management Accounting (until 2011)

ACC2003 Financial Control (until 2011)

Previously also taught on Quantitative Methods for Business and Financial Accounting. 

Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8233 Managerial Decision Making and Control

NBS8006 Accounting for Analyst (until 2018)

NBS8266 Advanced Management Accounting (until 2018)

Masters Dissertation Supervision