Stewart Smyth gained his PhD in 2013 from Manchester Metropolitan University, after completing an MSc in Public Services Management from Nottingham Trent University in 2005. Before moving into education, Stewart worked in practice, industry and the public sector, including as a public sector auditor with KPMG, Reading. He completed the ACCA examinations in 1996.
Stewart is the chairperson of the British Accounting and Finance Association's (BAFA) special interest group on Interdisciplinary Perspectives. He also served on the Irish Accounting and Finance Association's (IAFA) council for three years and as secretary for one year. In 2010, Stewart received the IAFA Scholar of the Year Award, for young researchers. Stewart is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Stewart is an experienced lecturer with a teaching career of nearly twenty years. His main teaching subjects are International Financial Reporting, Financial Accounting and Public Sector Accounting and Finance. Stewart has taught these subjects at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education levels. He has also taught qualitative research methods for accounting researchers.
Stewart's research interests cover three inter-related streams. The first stream covers his interest in the financing of public services focusing on public/social housing and the use of PPPs to deliver public infrastructure. The second stream is an extension of the first with a focus on the related public accountability relations. The third stream emerges from the foundations of the previous two streams and is most appropriately labelled critical accounting studies. This stream includes work on the use of accounting information by trade unions and social movements, and exploring the conduct of critical studies in accounting research.
Stewart is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:
- Critical accounting studies
- Public accountability
- Social movements and accounting
- Critical research methods in accounting, including critical realism, dialogics and classical Marxism
- PPP equity transactions
- Social housing finance
Knowledge Transfer and Impact Activities
Stewart has worked with a range organisation in Northern Ireland and England on various projects. These include two research reports for the trade union, the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (NIPSA), Keeping our Housing Public( 2013) and Our Homes, Our Future (2017). In 2014, Stewart was part of a team undertaking an investigation into the Total Cost Indicators for Social Housing Grants on behalf of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and the Department for Social Development (DSD).
Stewart has been invited to speak at conferences on housing policy organised by AgendaNI, Policy Forum for Northern Ireland and the Housing Quality Network (HQN).