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Richard Laughlin


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Research interests

Accounting-led changes in the public sector; private finance initiative; critical theory and accounting.

Research interests (short)

Accounting-led changes in the public sector; PFI; critical theory and accounting.

Biographical details

Richard Laughlin is Emeritus Professor of Accounting specialising in Accounting and Accountability in the Public Services. His current research is on analysing public private partnerships and performance management systems in the public services.
Richard has a M.Soc.Sc. in Accounting (Birmingham), a Ph.D. in Accounting (Sheffield) is a FCA. (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), a FRSA. (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts) and a FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy). He worked as a trainee and manager in a professional accounting practice and as a consultant accountant before joining the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management in 1973. Richard was promoted to Professor of Accounting in 1991 and moved to the University of Essex in 1995. From 1995 to December 1998 he was Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex. From January 1999 until his retirement in September 2010 he has been Professor of Accounting in the Department of Management at King’s College London. He was Head of Department between 1999 and 2002.  Following his retirement he has become an Emeritus Professor of Accounting at King's College London.
Richard is the Associate Editor of the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal  as well as the Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change. He is also on the editorial boards of four other international journals (Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Accountability and Management, Accounting Forum and The British Accounting Review).
In 2005 Richard received the British Accounting Association’s Distinguished Academic Award for his contribution to academic accounting. 
Richard has held a number of visiting academic appointments in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and made numerous presentations to conferences and workshops in the UK, Continental Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil and Fiji.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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