Barbara Voss

PhD in Accounting

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PhD projects

a) corporate social responsibility and sustainability; b) financial accounting and regulation; c) diversity


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My principal research concern is equity within the politics of businesses. My research discusses the inter-related aspects of accounting, politics, regulation and discourses. My 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. My 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, Baudrillard, Foucault, Žižek and I have a strong interest in feminist and post-colonial theories.

My current work is divided into three projects: a) 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; b) 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; c) 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-voice. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universidade de São Paulo

Feb 201212 May 2016

Award Date: 12 May 2016

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Research Output

Regulation of auditing in Australia: Submission 90

Voss, B. & Carter, D., 13 Nov 2019, 5 p. Australia : Australian Parliament House Website.

Research output: Textual Creative WorksOther contribution

Open Access
  • The case of Lava jato: Examining the gaps between Petrobras' Corporate Social Responsibility agenda and their corruption practices

    Voss, B., Carter, D. & Warren, R., 30 Oct 2019, p. 1-41. 41 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paper

  • The use of internal audit for corruption: A discussion on NSW and Federal Government in Australia

    DE LIMA VOSS, B. & CARTER, D., 27 Jun 2019, p. 428-428. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

  • Employee perceptions of LGBTI diversity and inclusion programs within the Australian accounting profession

    Egan, M. & DE LIMA VOSS, B., Dec 2018, p. 17. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

  • Hegemonies, Politics, and the Brazilian Academy in Social and Environmental Accounting: A Post-Structural Note

    Voss, B., CARTER, D. & Salotti, B. M., 2017, Advances in Environmental Accounting & Management: Social and Environmental Accounting in Brazil . Belal, A. & Cooper, S. (eds.). United Kingdom : Emerald Publishing Limited , Vol. 6. p. 13-68 56 p. (Advances in Environmental Accounting and Management).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Public hearing about Regulation of Auditing in Australia

    Barbara Voss (Speaker), & David Carter (Speaker)

    7 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk