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Chair Professor, New Social Research, Tampere University

I am the Research Director of the NSR programme. I started my career with a PhD in public administration at the University of Manchester, but a period as a senior tax inspector in the UK combined with significant changes in the way in which the public sector operated from the 1980s gave me a very different perspective on how ‘the public’ can be understood and managed. I returned to the academy, but this time as a critical accounting academic. Throughout my career I have pursued how regimes of accounting and management control discursively frame organisations.

My principal research interest now how the funding and management of knowledge creating organisations, especially universities, affects them and the knowledge that they produce. In particular, I address how the increasing financialisation and marketisation of universities globally is affecting them. I am currently exploring senior pay packages in universities and exploring the effects and implications of student loan systems. I also work in the field of critical studies in tax and undertake qualitative work on trade credit in the UK.


  • 2017–present
    Chair professor, Tampere University


  • 1988 
    University of Manchester, PhD
  • 1979 
    University of Manchester, BA Politics and Modern History