Dr Anne Stafford

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Position: Senior Lecturer
Academic unit: Accounting and Finance


Anne Stafford worked as a management accountant from 1985-1990, during which time she qualified as an accountant with the ACCA. In 1990 she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central England, subsequently becoming a Principal Lecturer in 1993. She taught financial accounting and reporting extensively to a wide range of students, including undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and post experience programmes. She was Programme Director of the university's ACCA programmes from 1993 to 1999.

In 1999 Anne took a career break and worked part time as a lecturer for UMIST whilst completing her PhD at the University of Warwick. She was appointed to her current post within the Business School in 2004.

Research Interests

Her research interests lie in the area of critical and historical analysis of institutions and accountability. One current area of research is the financial analysis of public policy. She has carried out research into the private finance initiative and public private partnerships, in particular the financial evaluation and reporting of PFI/PPP projects both in the UK and in Europe. Another area of research is investigating from a disciplinary perspective the relationship between professional development and academic knowledge in accounting, including the development of professionalisation within accounting.

Additional Information

Anne's current teaching interests lie in the area of financial reporting, corporate governance and business analysis.

Anne welcomes PhD proposals which use qualitative methodologies to address issues of interest around PPPs and new forms of partnerships between the public and private sectors.

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  • Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2016). Examining the use of corporate governance mechanisms in operational Public-Private Partnerships: Why do they not deliver public accountability?Australian Journal of Public Administration. . Publication link: b8f7cb1f-7ea1-4a5b-97b7-b88d468069e0


  • Acerete, B., Mar Gasca, Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2015). A comparative policy analysis of healthcare PPPs: examining evidence from two Spanish regions from an international perspective. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 17(5), 502-518. DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2015.1010789. Publication link: b6897268-4ac7-4c2a-a527-274b12324ef4


  • Shaoul, J., Shepherd, A., Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2013). Losing control in joint ventures: the case of Building Schools for the Future. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).. Publication link: e42998b7-9738-475a-b4be-e357d650bafc


  • Shaoul, J., Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2012). The fantasy world of private finance for transport via Public Private Partnerships. No publisher name.. Publication link: 7861ad99-095e-45dc-8bf3-3e21ad38c7bb





  • Shaoul, J., Stafford, A., Stapleton, P., & Macdonald, P. (2008). Financial black holes: accounting for privately financed roads in the UK. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.. Publication link: 113c1108-1542-4453-9d21-6354ef5fc71e


  • Shaoul, J., Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2007). Private finance: public infrastructure without accountability? The case of privately financed roads in the UK. Journal Tidsskriftet Politik, 10 (3). . Publication link: 3266562e-83ef-4348-967f-86d0d2e7b29a



  • Shaoul, J., Stafford, A., & Stapleton, P. (2005). Capital appraisal and evaluation in trunk roads and motorways. (British Accounting Association Public Sector SIG). No publisher name.. Publication link: e251f2ad-f888-4b6b-9a05-b8127c0da97a


  • Stapleton, P., Shaoul, J., Stafford, A., & Arblaster, L. (2004). Evaluating the Operation of PFI in Road and Hospital Projects (ACCA Research Report No 84). (ACCA). No publisher name.. Publication link: 87603936-8785-486c-8404-c476b37ba499