Prof Trevor Hopper

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Adjunct Professor School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Before joining the University of Sussex, Trevor Hopper was Professor of Management Accounting in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester, where he was Head of Department for four years, and Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research for many more. Previously he worked at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Sheffield, and subsequently at the University of Sussex. He holds a B.Sc (Bus Admin) from Bradford University and an M.Phil from Aston University. Prior to his academic career, Professor Hopper worked as a cost accountant in industry, and he has held visiting academic appointments, the most extended being at the Universities of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; Queens, Canada; Fukuoka and Kyushu, Japan; and Griffith Gold Coast, Australia. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Management Accounting at the University of Sussex; an Honorary Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex; a visiting professor at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; and an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has supervised or co-supervised over thirty PhD students to completion.

Professor Hopper’s research applies organizational and social theories to management controls using intensive case study methods, though he has made contributions to accounting history and financial accounting. His research has examined multinational firms' adoption of ERPs; the implementation and usage of ABC in European utilities; and world class manufacturing in firms and national programmes of competitiveness. His current major interest lies in accounting in less developed countries. He has co-edited five books, including several issues of Issues in Management Accounting and The Handbook of Accounting in Developing Countries. He has published over one hundred articles as book chapters and articles in research journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Auditing, Accounting and Accountability Journal, the British Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, the European Accounting Review, Financial Accountability and Management; the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies; the Journal of Management Studies; and Management Accounting Research. Professor Hopper cofounded the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference and has been an editor of the British Accounting Review, associate editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and a guest editor of special issues of Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Auditing, Accounting and Accountability Journal, Management Accounting Research, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. He is a consulting editor for the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, and an editorial board member of Accounting, Accountability & Performance; the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change; Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management; and Research on Accounting & Emerging Economies. Professor Hopper was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by the British Accounting Association in 2006 and the Global Accounting and Organisational Change Network in 2017; the African Accounting and Finance Association Platinum Award for research in Africa in 2018; and an honorary doctorate by Stockholm School of Economics in 2011. He was inducted into the Interdisciplinary Accounting Hall of Fame in 2016, and has received various awards for outstanding papers and services to academic journals.

Research interests

Management Accounting and Control. Accounting in Developing Countries

Teaching interests

Management Accounting, Research Methods.

Community and business

Professor Hopper is actively involved in the management of arts organisations. Prior to his move to Sussex he was a Board member and Treasurer of Actors Centre North and acted voluntarily as a consultant to other theatre groups.

Publications and presentations

Selected publications

  • Accounting signifiers, political discourse, popular resistance and legal identity during Pakistan Steel Mills attempted privatization (with M J Ashraf & F. Muhammad). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, forthcoming.
  • Stop Accounting Myopia: – Think Globally: A Polemic, Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change, forthcoming, 2018.
  • Participatory and Incremental Development in an African Local Government Accounting Reform (with P. Lassou, T. Soobaroyen & A. Wynne), Financial Accountability and Management, 2018, 34 (3), pp. 252-267.
  • Globalisation, Accounting and Development (with T. Soobaroyen and P. Lassou). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 2017, V. 43, N. 1, pp. 125-148.
  • Neopatrimonialism, Good Governance, Corruption and Accounting in Africa: Idealism versus Pragmatism. Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, 2017, V. 7, N.2, pp. 225-248.
  • Changing Control and Accounting Regimes in an African Gold Mine: Emergence of New Despotic Control (with M. Tsamenyi & S. Uddin). Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, 2017, V. 13, N. 2, pp. 282-308.
  • Accounting in Less Developed Countries Retrospectively and Prospectively (with F. Tanima). In The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting, R. Roslender (ed.), Routledge: Abingdon, Oxford, UK, 2017, pp. 260-282.
  • Has Management Accounting Research Been Critical? (with B. Bhui) Management Accounting Research, 2016, V.31, pp. 10-30.
  • Government Accounting Reform in an ex-French African Colony: The Political Economy of Neo-colonialism (with P. Lassou). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 2016, V.36, pp. 39-57.
  • Accounting Scholarship and Management by Numbers, Revista Contabilidade & Finanças (The Accounting and Finance Review), 2016, V.27, N.71, pp. 144-148.
  • Accounting, Accountants and Accountability Regimes in Pluralistic Societies: Taking Multiple Perspectives Seriously (with J. Brown & J. Dillard), Auditing, Accounting and Accountability Journal, 2015, V.28, N.5, pp. 1-26.
  • Social Theorisation of Accounting: Challenges to Positive Research, in Routledge Companion to Financial Accounting Theory, S. Jones (ed.), Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, (with J. Ashraf, S. Uddin and D Wickramasinghe), 2015, pp. 452-471.
  • Politics, Development and NGO Accountability, in Performance Management in Non-profit Organizations: Global Perspectives, Z. Hoque and L. Parker (eds), Routledge: Abingdon, Oxford, UK, (with Z. Ahmed), 2015, pp. 17-42.
  • Cost Accounting and Manufacturing Control within Capitalist Epochs, in Critical Histories of Accounting: Sinister Inscriptions of the Modern Era, M. Annisette, R. Fleischman, W. Funnell & S. Walker (eds.), Routledge: London, 2013, pp. 129-143.
  • Making Accounting Degrees Fit for a University, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 2013, V.24, N.1, pp. 127-135.
  • Management Control and Privatisation, in Handbook of Accounting and Development, T. Hopper, M. Tsamyeni, S. Uddin & D. Wickramasinghe (eds.), Edward Elgar: London, (with M. Tsamyeni, S. Uddin & D. Wickramasinghe), 2012.
  • Accounting and Development, Handbook of Accounting and Development, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, (with M. Tsamenyi, S. Uddin & D. Wickramasinghe), 2012, pp. 1-14.
  • Handbook of Accounting and Development, Edward Elgar: London, (co-edited with M. Tsamyeni, S. Uddin & D. Wickramasinghe), 2012.
  • Management Accounting and Control in Non-Western Organisations, in International Management Accounting and Control, J. Van der Meer-Kooistra, W. Westerman & K. Langfield-Smith (eds.). McGraw-Hill: London, 2010, pp. 233-254.