Stewart Smyth gained an MSc in Public Services Management from Nottingham Trent University, before completing a MRes and PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University. After Stewart left secondary school he went straight into the accounting profession working during the day and studying part-time. He passed the ACCA final examinations in December 1996. Before moving into education, Stewart worked in practice, industry and the public sector, including as a public sector auditor with KPMG, Reading.
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 of those years. 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 a range of topics including accountability relations, particularly in the public services, social housing and public finance, critical accounting studies and qualitative research methods in accounting. In 2014 Stewart was the oragniser for the IAFA annual conference and doctoral colloquium held at Queen's University, Belfast.
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
In 2013, the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (NIPSA) commissioned Stewart to write a report on public housing policy in Northern Ireland, Keeping our Housing Public. 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 in Northern Ireland organised by AgendaNI and Policy Forum for Northern Ireland.