Barbara Voss

PhD in Accounting

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PhD projects

Critical accounting perspectives on the role of accounting and auditing concerning technologies, regulation and practices
Deeper understandings of the meanings of sustainability and the politics of sustainability for business and its appropriation of knowledge
Understandings of the neoliberal and (post)colonial policies on financial accounting and auditing standards
Examination of the diversity and inclusion initiatives in a range of businesses
Critical exploration of intersectionality, sexuality and gender within accounting, accountants and/or corporate praxis
Exploration of Accounting Education and the 'Indigenising the Curriculum' - reflecting, recognising and incorporating Indigenous values and cultures

20122023

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Biography

Assistant Professor Barbara Voss (PhD, MA Research, BA – honours) teaching accounting units since 2011 and also has experience as a professional accountant for more for many years including auditing experience before commencing a PhD in 2012. Barbara’s thesis examined the discursive construction of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social and environmental accounting in relation to the State-owned oil company, Petrobras. Before that, Barbara’s master dissertation was about the exploration of solid waste disclosure of sensitive industries in Brazil. Barbara also supervises students since 2011 including honours, masters, and PhD students.

Research interests

Barbara’s research concern is Equity within the politics of businesses.

 

Barbara discusses the inter-related aspects of accounting, politics, regulation and discourses.

 

Barbara’s work is multidisciplinary and involves how discourses are used, interpreted and applied by business. Traditionally, with respect environmental, social and inclusion discourses, businesses tend to treat these issues as a form of ‘return on investment’ for business to engage with these discourses, they do so, but the nature of the engagement is subject to challenge. Barbara’s research investigates the politics of businesses within public and private sector contexts at methodological, technical and political levels. My research is informed by post-structural theory, including Laclau and Mouffe, Gramsci, Derrida, Butler,Lacan, Foucault, Žižek and I have a strong interest in (post)feminist and (post)colonial theories.

Current work is divided into three projects:

  1. Diversity – including understanding initiatives and politics concerning diversity in the corporate space, including issues of sexuality, gender, identity and intersectionality. All projects endeavour to uncover the role of accounting through multi-spheres and multi-voices. 
  2. Corporate social responsibility and sustainability – involving a deeper understanding of the meanings of sustainability and the politics of sustainability for business and its appropriation of knowledge. In some extent, this project expands the implications of the technologies of governance and discusses issues such as corruption, fraud, political campaigns and marketing with a special focus on Brazil;
  3. Financial accounting and regulation – including discussing the influence of neoliberal and post-colonial policies on financial accounting standards, regulation of auditing and the impacts on businesses and societies;
  4. Finding voices in accounting by exploring indigenous cultures and values. This most recent project aims to explore and recognise the continuum harms towards Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders in Australia, and many other indigenous groups.

 

Keywords: Sustainability; Diversity; Professional Identities; Post-structuralism; Feminism; LGBTIQ+; Accounting Regulation; Auditing Regulation; Indigeneous.

Student Projects Available

  1. Critical accounting perspectives on the role of accounting and auditing concerning technologies, regulation and practices
  2. Deeper understandings of the meanings of sustainability and the politics of sustainability for business and its appropriation of knowledge
  3. Understandings of the neoliberal and (post)colonial policies on financial accounting and auditing standards
  4. Examination of the diversity and inclusion initiatives in a range of businesses
  5. Critical exploration of intersectionality, sexuality and gender within accounting, accountants and/or corporate praxis
  6. Exploration of Accounting Education and the 'Indigenising the Curriculum' - reflecting, recognising and incorporating Indigenous values and cultures
  7. Exploration of indigenous voices in Australia and many other countries.

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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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Discursive constructions of social and environmental accounting in Brazil: The case of Petrobras, Universidade de São Paulo

Feb 201212 May 2016

Award Date: 12 May 2016

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