School of Business and Management

Dr Suki Sian

Suki

Head of Department of Accounting and Financial Management

Email: s.sian@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5614
Room Number: Mile End, Bancroft Building, 4.13D

Profile

Roles

Head of Department of Accounting and Financial Management 

Director of the Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG) 

I am the Head of the Department Accounting and Financial Management in the School of Business and Management at QMUL. I am the founder and Director of the Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG) and the organiser of our annual PhD Scholars Conference. Before academia, I trained as an auditor and I am a Chartered Accountant and Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). I completed my MSc at the London School of Economics and my PhD in Accountancy at the University of Aberdeen. I am also a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Research

Research Interests:

The main theme of my work has been exclusion from and marginalisation within the accounting profession. I have studied historical race-based and caste-based exclusion from the accounting profession in specific colonial settings. I am the joint-editor of “Accountancy and Empire: The Legacy of British Professional Organisation” (Routledge). More recently, I have been involved in two projects examining gender-based marginalisation. The first of these looks at the experiences of women auditors in large audit firms in Saudi Arabia. The second study examines the experiences of women accountants wishing to re-enter the accounting profession post career-break. I utilise qualitative methods to gather data, including archival and documentary analysis, interviews, oral history, ethnography and focus groups.

I also have an interest in international accounting and have led international research projects on financial reporting by small businesses on behalf of both IFAC and UNCTAD. I am a member of the ICAEW, a member of and a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Publications

Sian, S.; Wright, T.; Agrizzi, D. and Alsalloom, A. (2020). Negotiating gender constraints in international audit firms in Saudi Arabia: Exploring the interaction of gender and religion. Accounting, Organisations and Society (forthcoming)

Sian, S. and Verma, S. (2019). Bridging the divide: The rise of the Indian accountant from 1900 to 1932. British Accounting Review (forthcoming)

Sian, S. and Magli, F. (2019). Enacting accountability: The case of the Asili di Carità, 1913 – 1926. Accounting History (forthcoming)

Sian S. with Agrizzi D. (2014). Sian, S. with Agrissi D. (2015). Artificial corporatism: A portal to power for accountants in Brazil. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 27: 56–72

Sian, S. with Kotb, A. and Roberts, C (2012). E-business audit: Market opportunity or occupational invasion? Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 23 (6): 468-482.

Sian, S. (2011). Operationalising closure in a colonial context: The Association of Accountants in East Africa, 1949-1963. Accounting, Organisations and Society, 36 (6): 363-381.

Sian, S. with Poullaos, C. (2010). Accountancy and Empire: The British Legacy of Professional Organization, Routledge (New Works in Accounting History v. 10), Oxon, UK. ISBN 978-0-415-45771-2.

Sian, S. and Poullaos, C. (2010). Accountancy and Empire: Setting the Stage (Chapter 1) in Poullaos and S.Sian (eds), Accountancy and Empire: The British legacy of professional organisation. Routledge New Works in Accounting History.

Sian, S. (2010). Between the lines: The professionalisation of accountancy in Kenya in C.Poullaos and S.Sian (eds), Accountancy and Empire: The British legacy of professional organisation. Routledge New Works in Accounting History

Poullaos, C. and Sian, S. (2010). Accountancy and Empire: Connexions, Patterns and Suggesions (Chapter 11) in C.Poullaos and S.Sian (eds), Accountancy and Empire: The British legacy of professional organisation. Routledge New Works in Accounting History.

Sian, S. and Roberts, C. (2009). UK small owner-managed businesses: Accounting and financial reporting needs. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 16(2): 289-305.

Sian, S. and Roberts, C. (2008). Micro-Entity Financial Reporting: Some Empirical Evidence on the Perspectives of Preparers and Users. IFAC Consultation Paper, January 2008, ISBN 978-1-934779-02-6.

Sian, S. (2008). Review: The Accounting Profession in British West Africa by Chibuike Uche. Accounting Business and Financial History, 18 (3): 380-383.

Sian, S. (2007). Patterns of prejudice: Social exclusion and racial demarcation in professional accountancy in Kenya. Accounting Historians Journal, (34 : 2) pp. 1-42

Sian, S. (2007). Reversing exclusion: The Africanisation of accountancy in Kenya, 1963-1970. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (19), p.831-872.

Sian, S. and Roberts, C. (2006). Micro-entity financial reporting: Perspectives of preparers and users. IFAC Consultation Paper, December 2006, ISBN 1-931949-63-8.

Sian, S. (2006). Inclusion, exclusion and control: The case of the Kenyan accounting professionalisation project. Accounting, Organisations and Society (31), p.295-322.

Awards

 

Sian, S. (2006). Patterns of prejudice: Social exclusion and racial demarcation in professional accountancy in Kenya. Winner of the Academy of Accounting Historians, Vangermeersch Manuscript Award, 2006.

 

 

 

Supervision

Current Doctoral Students

First Supervisor: 

  • Zuhur Alsaidy, 'The Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision and Institutional resistance to policy paradigm: The Case of ImplementingIFRS among listed companies and SME’s.'
  • Aigerin Umbetbayeva, 'Financial reporting framework in a developing world: opportunities and challenges of IFRS adoption in Kazakhstan'

Second supervisor: 

  • Anne Gichuru-Ogweno, 'Gender, race and ethnicity inequalities in accountancy: The experiences of women accountants in Kenya'

Supervision Topics:

  • Professionalisation
  • Accounting History
  • Gender Equality in Accountancy
  • Financial reporting for SMEs
  • International accounting