Prof Ken McPhail

Chair in Accounting

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Research interests

Ken is interested in the changing role of corporations in society and the systems of accountability that emerge in relation to these roles.  His recent research has focused on the emerging trend of human rights and responsibilities of companies.  Amongst other projects, he has studied the role of corporations in the delivery of Australia’s asylum seeker policy; the implementation of human rights screening in the Norwegian government’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and the introduction of human rights risk into bank lending decisions.

  • Over 100 research publications & conference proceedings
  • £690,000 in 22 successful grant applications
  • Seminal research on business and human rights.  Two seminal journal issues on business and human rights. One of the first Business & Human Rights Centers in a business school.
  • Current research projects and collaborations with Berkley Haas and Stern NYU, Business & Human Rights Centre.
  • Research & Impact collaborations with for example: Rio Tinto; Telstra; Coles; Australia Post; ANZ; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand; Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland; BBC Scotland; UN PRI and Save The Children.
  • 5 prize wining publications
  • 3 Books



Research and projects