Professor Judy Brown

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Professor School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Teaching in 2020


Professor Brown’s research interests are focused around the study of accounting in a social and political context. They include accounting and industrial relations, corporate governance, sustainability assessment, critical theory and social accounting.

Her teaching areas include research methodology, accounting theory and the study of accounting in a social and political context at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Selection of publications

Brown, J. & Tregidga, H. (2017). Re-politicizing social and environmental accounting through Rancière: on the value of dissensus. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 61: 1-21.

Brown J. (2017). Democratizing accounting: reflections on the politics of ‘old’ and ‘new’ pluralisms, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 43: 20-46.

Brown J., Dereniowska M. & Söderbaum P. (2017). Positional Analysis for Sustainable Development: Reconsidering Policy, Economics and Accounting, Routledge: UK.

Dillard, J. & Brown, J. (2017). Sustainability is the new critical? In Roslender, R. (Ed.). The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting, Routledge, London.

Brown J. (2016).Disclosure of information and collective bargaining. In Mazengarb’s Employment Law. LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington, 46 pp.

Brown, J. and Dillard, J. (2015). Dialogic Accountings for Stakeholders: On Opening Up and Closing Down Participatory Governance. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 52(7), pp. 961-85.

Brown, J. (2015). Problematizing Audit Culture - A Comment on Shore and Wright. Current Anthropology, Vol. 56(3), pp. 432-33.

Brown, J., Dillard, J. and Hopper, T. (2015). Accounting Accountants and Accountability Regimes in Pluralistic Societies: Taking Multiple Perspectives Seriously. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 28(5), pp. 626-50.

Brown, J. and Dillard, J. (2015). Opening Accounting to Critical Scrutiny: Towards Dialogic Accounting for Policy Analysis and Democracy. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol. 17(3), pp. 247-68.

Dillard, J. and Brown, J. (2015). Broadening Out and Opening Up: An Agonistic Attitude Toward Progressive Social Accounting, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 9(2), pp. 243-66.

Brown, J. and Dillard, J. (2014). Integrated Reporting: On the Need for Broadening Out and Opening Up. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 27(7), pp. 1120-1156.

Dillard, J. and Brown, J. (2014). Taking Pluralism Seriously within an Ethic of Accountability, Accounting for the Public Interest: Perspectives on Accountability, Professionalism and Role in Society. In S. Mintz (ed.). Springer, New York.

Blackburn, N., Brown, J., Dillard, J. and Hooper, V. (2014). A Dialogical Framing of AIS-SEA Design. InInternational Journal of Accounting Information Systems Vol. 15(2), pp. 83-101.

Brown, J. and Dillard, J. (2013). Critical Accounting and Communicative Action: On the Limits of Consensual Deliberation, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 24(3), pp. 176-90.

Brown, J. and Dillard, J. (2013). Agonizing over Engagement: SEA and the "Death of Environmentalism" Debates, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 24(1), 1-18.

Dillard, J. and Brown, J. (2012). Agonistic Pluralism and Imagining CSEAR into the Future, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, Vol 32(1), 3-16.

Molisa, P., Vandangombo, D. and Brown, J. (2012). Social and Environmental Accounting in Developing Countries – Challenges, Conflicts and Contradictions”. In T. Hopper, M. Tsamenyi, S. Uddin and D. Wickramasinghe (Eds.), Handbook of Accounting and Development, Edward Elgar, UK.

Söderbaum, P. and Brown, J. (2012). Making Actors, Paradigms, and Ideologies Visible in Global Governance for Sustainability. In Shmelev S.E. and Shmeleva I.A. (Eds.), Sustainability Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Palgrave, UK.

Söderbaum, P. and Brown, J. (2011). Pluralism and Democracy in Political Economics. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Vol. 2(3), pp. 240-43.

Brown, J. (2010). Accounting and Visual Cultural Studies: Potentialities, Challenges and Prospects. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 23(4), pp. 482-505.

Söderbaum, P. and Brown, J. (2010). Democratizing Economics: Pluralism as a Path Towards Sustainability. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1185, pp. 179-95.

Brown, J. (2009). Democracy, Sustainability and Dialogic Accounting Technologies: Taking Pluralism Seriously, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 20(3), pp. 313-342.

The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space Network (2009). What are the Consequences of the ‘Spatial Turn’ for how we Understand Politics Today? A Proposed Research Agenda. Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 33(5), pp. 579-586.

The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space Network (2009). The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space: A New Network Exploring the Disciplinary Effects of the Spatial Turn, Space and Polity, Vol. 13(2), pp. 159-164.

Frame, B. & Brown, J. (2008), Developing Post-Normal Technologies for Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Vol. 65(2), pp. 225-241.

Bebbington, J., Brown, J., Frame, B. & Thomson, I. (2007). Theorizing Engagement: The Potential of a Critical Dialogic Approach. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 20(3), 356-381.

Bebbington, J., Brown, J. & Frame, B. (2007). Accounting Technologies and Sustainability Assessment Models. Ecological Economics, Vol. 61, 224-236.

Brown, J. and Fraser, M. (2006), Approaches and Perspectives in Social and Environmental Accounting: An Overview of the Conceptual Landscape, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 15, 103-117.

Brown, J. and Butcher, F. (2005), Reporting on Occupational Health and Safety in Annual Reports: A Look at Disclosure Practices in New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, Vol. 30(1), pp. 1-22 .

Brown, J. (2004), Disclosure of Information and Collective Bargaining, in Mazengarb’s Employment Law, LexisNexis Butterworths, 72 pp.

Davenport , G. and Brown, J. (2002), Collective Bargaining in Good Faith, LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington, 382 pp.

Brown, J. (2000), Labor Perspectives on Accounting and Industrial Relations: A Historical and Comparative Review, Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 25(2), pp. 40-75.

Brown, J. (2000), Competing Ideologies in the Accounting and Industrial Relations Environment, British Accounting Review, Vol. 32(1), pp. 43-75.


Teaching in 2020