School of Business and Management

Dr Suki Sian


Head of Department of Accounting and Financial Management

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5614
Room Number: Mile End, Bancroft Building, 4.13D



Head of Department of Accounting and Financial Management 

Director of the Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG) 


Research Interests:

My research interests include accounting history, professionalisation and imperialism. I am the joint-editor of “Accountancy and Empire: The Legacy of British Professional Organisation” (Routledge). My research has focused on aspects of exclusion from professional accountancy on the basis of race, class and gender. 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 and a member of the Academy of Accounting Historians.



Sian, S. with Agrizzi 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. (2010). Between the lines: The professionalisation of accountancy in Kenya. In C. Poullaos & 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.


• 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.


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