Professor Stewart Smyth

Management School

Chair in Accounting

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S.J.Smyth@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3478

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Professor Stewart Smyth
Management School
C068
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
Sheffield
S10 1FL
Profile

Stewart Smyth joined the Accounting and Financial Management group in February 2022.

Stewart's research interests cover the policy and financing of public services focusing on public/social housing and the use of PPPs to deliver public infrastructure; the use of accounting information by trade unions and social movements; and related conceptions of public accountability.

Stewart has been teaching accounting and related subjects since the late 1990s, with a particular emphasis on financial reporting and auditing, in both the private and public sectors. In recent years, he has developed and delivered Research Methods and Philosophical Perspectives to Accounting and Financial Management students.

The nature of Stewart's research leads him to pursue a range of public and policy engagements including speaking at housing policy conferences and writing for different media outlets on accounting and finance issues.

Research interests

Stewart's research interests include:

  • Accountability in public services and NGO sectors
  • Implications of public finance and public policy decisions (especially PFI and PPP)
  • Funding, accountability and governance in social housing
  • The use of accounting information by trade unions and social movements
  • Methods and methodologies for critical accounting and decolonial studies
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

Reports

  • Smyth S (2020) 21st Century Housing for Northern Ireland RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth S (2017) Our Homes, Our Future: Protecting Public Housing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth S (2013) Keeping Our Housing Public RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Smyth SJ & Whitfield D "Financializing Public-Private infrastructure projects: the emergence of equity sales". People, Place and Policy Conference 2017, Sheffield Hallam University. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ, Cole I & Fields D Gatekeepers or Gate-openers: Credit rating agencies and the financialisation of housing associations. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ & Whitfield D Maintaining market principles: Government auditors, PPP equity sales and hegemony. Telfer Management School, Ottawa. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ & Whitfield D PPP equity sales – extending financialization. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Stockholm Business School. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ Resisting neoliberal accountability: public housing and civil society campaigns. Schulich Business School, York University, Toronto. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ Critical Realism in accounting research: an illustration. Schulich Business School, York University, Toronto. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ Their accountability and ours: the history of an awful idea. Durham Business School. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smyth SJ & Whitfield D Government auditors and hegemony: the case of PPP equity sales. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC)

Teaching interests

Stewart is an experienced lecturer with a teaching career of over twenty years. His main teaching subjects are International Financial Reporting, Financial Accounting and Public Sector Accounting and Finance.

In recent years, he has developed and delivered modules on Research Methods and Philosophical Perspectives for Accounting students. Stewart has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education levels.

Professional activities
Role Organisation Dates
President British Accounting and Finance Association May 2022 to April 2024
Vice-President British Accounting and Finance Association May 2020 to April 2022
Chairperson Interdisciplinary Perspectives British Accounting and Finance Association 2013 to 2020
PhD Supervision

Stewart is interested in supervising PhD researchers in the following areas:

  • Financialisation of public infrastructure
  • Accounting for trade unions and social movements
  • Decolonising accounting practice and research
  • Social housing finance, policy and governance
  • Public services and NGO accountability