Dr Helen Oakes

Lecturer in Accounting

Room: B.057
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3388
Email: h.oakes@sheffield.ac.uk

I am an experienced lecturer in accounting, having taught management accounting, financial accounting and taxation for many years. Prior to my appointment at University of Sheffield in 2014, I worked at Keele University (2006-2014) where I acted as undergraduate programme director of accounting and finance for several years. I have a PhD in Financial Management (2005 Manchester Metropolitan University supervised by Professor Anthony Berry), an MSc in Accounting and Finance (UMIST/Manchester University) and I am a CIMA passed finalist. I also have a degree in philosophy (University of Manchester) and a degree in music (University of Liverpool). I am committed to integrating my research (detailed below) into my teaching to enhance the student learning experience. I have been awarded a British Academy small research grant (detailed below).

Learning & Teaching

My main teaching area is management accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I aim to develop students’ confidence to be able to apply technical aspects of management accounting to the workplace. This will involve students completing technical practice questions with my guidance. I am also committed to engendering a critical understanding of the wide ranging roles of accounting in a variety of organisational settings, including its ethical implications. This helps students to understand the broader context of accounting and to develop a thirst for knowledge supported by analytical skills that will assist them throughout their lives. I hope to convey the challenge and excitement of applying theoretical concepts to real-life scenarios through introducing students to a sample of the latest international leading research in the field, my own research and case studies.


My current research interests involve exploring the roles of accounting in public services, particularly arts organisations from a critical, qualitative perspective. I am especially interested in the application of philosophical theory to accounting issues.

PhD Supervision

My main area of research supervision is qualitative accounting research in arts organisations and other public services. I am also interested in supervising interdisciplinary projects relating to emancipatory accounting and social and environmental reporting that incorporate theory from accounting and philosophy/music/literature.

Professional Activities, Recognition and Other Information

I am an editorial Board member of ‘International Journal of Critical Accounting’.

Key Projects / Grants

Title/ Description Awarding body Dates People Involved Amount
The roles of accounting and marketing communication in arts organisations British Academy 1.9.2012-28.2.2014 Dr Helen Oakes and Dr Steve Oakes (University of Liverpool)  £5300