I am currently Professor of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Law, and also former President of the British Accounting and Finance Association (2015-2020), a learned society for academics based in the UK. I lead the Food Cultures in Transition Research Cluster at the University of Portmouth.
I am one of the few accounting researchers to investigate the agri-food industry. I write about the effects of accounting and performance measurement practices on the industry, and on society more widely.In particular, I investigate fraud in the food and drink industry. I have also led a successful project, on the growing costs and other problems associated with retail returns in from online purchases. This work has brought me into contact with major retailers in Europe and is continuing with new projects around costing, lean management and circular economy in omnichannel environments. I have also written on the cost of food crime and food waste.
My other area of expertise is in research methodology, particularly concerning accounting as communication practice and the use of social-theory in critical-interpretative work in accounting. I am on the Editorial Review Boards of several journals, including British Accounting Review; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Accounting Forum. I am an Associate Editor for the AAA Journal of Forensic Accounting Research.