Lisa Jack

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PhD projects

Qualitative research in performance measurement and management control
Accounting, auditing and management control in the food industry
Novelty detection and analytical techniques in food traceability

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I am currently Professor of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Law, and also former President of the British Accounting and Finance Association (2015-2020), a learned society for academics based in the UK.

I am one of the few accounting researchers to investigate the agri-food industry. I write about the effects of accounting and performance measurement practices on the industry, and on society more widely.In particular, I investigate fraud in the food and drink industry. I have also led a successful project, on the growing costs and other problems associated with retail returns in from online purchases. This work has brought me into contact with major retailers in Europe and is continuing with new projects around costing, lean management and circular economy in omnichannel environments.

My other area of expertise is in research methodology, particularly concerning accounting as communication practice and the use of social-theory in critical-interpretative work in accounting. I am on the Editorial Review Boards of several journals, including British Accounting Review; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Accounting Forum. I am an Associate Editor for the AAA Journal of Forensic Accounting Research.


I began my career as an ACCA graduate trainee with Eastern Electricity and then with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Ipswich. Subsequently, I worked as an auditor in local government and higher education. After ten years auditing, I moved into teaching professional accountancy and management programmes in further education and HEIs, becoming a qualified teacher as well as a qualified accountant. Taking my PhD as a mature student, I was senior lecturer at University of Essex, moving to Portsmouth as Professor in Accounting in 2009.

In 2018, I was appointed to the REF UOA17 Sub-panel as an assessor. I have also held external roles for the ICAEW, CIEH, Management Control Association, the British Accounting and Finance Association and CABS Journal Guide.


Research Interests

My research interests lie in management information for decision-making, including accounting communication and education. I am particularly interested in the use of social theory investigate the reasons why accounting tasks are done in the way they are and why they might be done differently, to paraphrase Raymond J. Chambers.  My book 'Accounting and Social Theory: an Introduction' was published in October 2016 and explores the use, mis-use and abuse of accounting communications and how these affect relationships in societies. Particular topics include:

  • accounting and performance measurement in the food industry;
  • food fraud;
  • accounting communication practices;
  • cost of returns and fraudulent returns in retail;
  • strong structuration theory in accounting research.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach on the module 'Financial Crime and the Law' on the MSc Forensic Accounting course. I also teach qualititative research skills for the Graduate School Development Programme and co-ordinate the dissertation module for the MSc Research Methods. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised a number of PhD projects with the most recent being in food safety governance; consumer fraud in lean retail environments; target cost management and NPD in food manufacturing; and the expectations gap in accounting education. Ongoing projects include investigations into food deserts and fraud in organics and the wine trade.

Media Availability

I have published several articles in The Conversation and other media outlets. I have been interviewed by the BBC, including for 'Farming Today' and 'You and Yours'. 

I am happy to take calls and emails from media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. These should be directed to 07957201290.

Interested journalists can also contact the University's Media and Communications team for support and advice on all media engagement, including out of hours.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The Persistence of Post War Accounting Practices in UK Agriculture, University of Essex

Award Date: 15 Dec 2004

PG Cert, Post Compulsory Education and Training, University of Greenwich

Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

BSc (Hons), Greek and Mathematics with German and Latin, Keele University

External positions

R&D Panel Member, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

1 Jan 2021 → …

Acting President, The British Accounting and Finance Association

1 Jan 201930 Apr 2020

Chair of Trustees, The British Accounting and Finance Association

1 May 201831 Dec 2018

REF Sub-Panel UOA17 Member

1 Apr 2018 → …

President , The British Accounting and Finance Association

1 May 201630 Apr 2018

Vice-President , The British Accounting and Finance Association

1 May 201530 Apr 2016

Member of Advisory Board for CIEH Food, The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

1 Feb 201531 Dec 2018

Academic Advisor Finance and Management Faculty Committee, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

1 Feb 201530 Sept 2017

Scientific Advisory Committee member CABS Journal Guide

1 Sept 2012 → …

Council Member, Management Control Association

1 Sept 2008 → …

Fellow, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

… → 1999

Member, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

… → 1994


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