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Dr Karen McBride

Reader in Accounting

Karen McBride


I am a Reader in Accounting and Financial Management.

An enthusiastic researcher, I have a PhD and Masters' degree in Research Methods. Experienced in working independently and with an ability to meet deadlines.

I am involved in developing research in Accounting History, within Portsmouth, nationally and internationally. As Deputy Chair, Secretary and co-founder of the Accounting History Special Interest group (SIG) of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), my role involves organising conferences, workshops, meetings and the newsletter of this international group. Co-organised and led a workshop in Accounting History with Prof. C. Cordery at Aston University (December 2018).

In 2019, I received funding from the British Council to run an emerging scholars workshop on sustainability and corporate reporting, with delegates from Russia and the UK. The workshop was successful and has resulted in research links and networking across Russia and the UK.

I am joint editor of a special edition of British Accounting Review (BAR) on 'Exploring Accounting History', with papers considering the history of accounting and its relevance to the present day.

Publications in the area of Enforcement of Accounting Standards for Financial Reporting were joint work, one paper of which I was a main author, won a best paper prize from BAR journal. The work supported by a grant from the ICAEW, resulted in a monograph for the Institute with impact and changes in accounting regulation and enforcement.


Before becoming an academic I trained to be a chartered accountant with a medium sized firm in Southampton.  I became a tax manager and subsequently a senior audit manager at another larger firm locally.

I am a researcher and have presented papers at numerous research conferences both in the UK and overseas.

I also try to remain engaged with the accountancy profession.   My research has  involved interviews with senior people in the profession and this has helped to keep up to date with current developments and issues.

I currently have an impact support role for the School of Business and Law.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the broad subjects of financial reporting and auditing.

My recent research has been mainly in the area of Accounting History. A current project and the topic of my PhD studies, considers the role of the Royal Navy and Naval accounting in the development of accounting in the UK.  

Research interests include:

  • Accounting History
  • The history of accounting in the military
  • Enforcement of Accounting Standards
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility reporting
  • Accounting, Auditing and Big Data
  • Accountants as Managers

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach Financial Accounting and International Accounting at final year of undergraduate level.

I also deliver research training sessions for students engaged in projects, dissertations and doctorates at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Aiming to inspire curiosity and knowledge.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond in a timely manner. Please contact me directly at

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