Jane Andrew

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BCom (Hons) W'gong; PhD, W'gong; CPA
Associate Professor

Rm 317
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6277
Fax +61 2 9351 6638
jane.andrew@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Jane Andrew joined the University of Sydney in 2010. Prior to that she had held a variety of academic roles at the University of Wollongong.

Jane has a particular interest in the relationship between accounting information and public policy and has written extensively on public accountability, carbon accounting, immigration detention, prison privatisation and whistleblowing. The policy relevance of her work means she is often called upon to contribute to discussions of public policy at the State and Federal level. All of Jane’s work has considered the impact of accounting on issues of equity, justice and well-being within the context of neoliberalism.

In 2016, Jane released a report titled Prison Privatisation in Australia: The State of the Nation providing the first comprehensive review of the costs, performance and accountability of Australian private prisons.

Jane was appointed co-editor-in-chief for Critical Perspectives on Accounting in 2018. The journal is the leading international journal dedicated to exploring the link between accounting practices and the many allocative, distributive, social and ecological problems of our era. Jane is also an Associate Editor for Abacus and is a member of the Editorial Board’s for Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Advances in Public Interest Accounting and Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal. She is also a member of CPA Australia, The Sydney Institute of Criminology and The Imprisonment Observatory.

Jane teaches financial accounting to postgraduate students and is an active PhD supervisor.

Research Interests

Jane’s work explores the relationship between accounting information and public policy, with a particular focus on climate change and public service delivery. Given Jane’s belief that accounting information is increasingly influential in all spheres of decision making, much of her work considers the ways in which this information enables and obscures particular policy pathways, and the impact this has on our ability to meet contemporary social and environmental challenges.

Jane is interested in the interaction between accounting information and public accountability and role accounting plays in the changing dynamics between organisations, governments and society. Her most recent work has explored the relationship between accounting and processes of neoliberalisation, including the privatisation of public services.

Much of Jane’s research has focused on areas of public service that have traditionally been viewed as core activities of the government, and she is now well known for her work on prison privatisation in Australia. This work has considered a variety of issues, including the veracity of the accounting information used to inform policy decisions; the influence accounting has on the changing shape of prison privatisation over time; the use of accounting information in public debates over policy direction and the ways in which accounting is used to evaluate performance within the sector.

Jane has also published extensively on the emergence of climate change related reporting and disclosure regulation and has contributed to the literature on social and environmental accounting. This work has explored the growth of private forms of environmental reporting regulation, such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, and the influence non-governmental voluntary reporting frameworks have on any subsequent mandatory requirements. Jane is particularly interested in the ways coalitions of private actors are formed, the influence these have on the construction of climate related reporting norms, and whether these have helped produce greater transparency with regard to climate matters.

In addition, Jane has researched the connections between neoliberalism and changing International Financial Reporting Standards; the accounting profession and accounting regulation in China; and climate related reporting regulation. She is also engaged in a project that explores the connections between new technologies, whistleblowing and new forms of accountability.

Jane is involved in the supervision of a number of interesting research projects, including work that focuses on accountability within micro finance organisations (with Dr Lisa Marini and Professor Sandra van der Laan); the time budgeting practices within knowledge intensive consulting firms (with Dr Puja Ladva and Dr Cornelia Beck); and the interplay between accounting practices and architectural design (with Rob Morley and Professor John Roberts).

Much of Jane’s work is interdisciplinary, and she has collaborated with colleagues from political economy, law and science to research public policy as it relates to climate change, immigration detention and prisons. Jane has collaborated extensively with Associate Professor Damien Cahill, Dr Max Baker, Dr Eagle Zhang and Dr Corinne Cortese.

As a researcher, Jane aims to reach as many audiences as possible. Her work has been published in high quality international journals; she has made submissions to a number of public inquires; she has authored policy relevant research reports; and has written many media articles. Jane actively engages in evidence based policy discussions with a variety of industry partners and government departments.

Selected publications

2019

Journal Articles

Andrew J, and Baker M (2019) The General Data Protection Regulation in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism Journal of Business Ethics, In Press. [More Information]

Cortese C, and Andrew J (2019) Extracting transparency: the process of regulating disclosures for the resources industry Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, In Press.

Conference Proceedings

Andrew J (2019) Privatisation, in who's interest? (Keynote Address) Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Research Lecture; Public Service Association (PSA), Adelaide, Australia.

Andrew J (2019) The politics of costs: Why accounting matters in debates about privatisation (Keynote Address) Public Services Association Annual Conference; Public Services Association, Sydney, Australia.

2018

Journal Article

Marini L, Andrew J, and Van Der Laan S (2018) Accountability Practices in Microfinance: Cultural Translation and the Role of Intermediaries Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 31 (7), 1904-1931. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Andrew J, and Baker M (2018) The Real Cost of Prison Reform: The Case of Privatisation in Victoria Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired; La Trobe University Press in conjunction with Black Inc., Carlton, 85-100.

Report

Andrew J, and Baker M (2018) Accountability, Costs and Performance of Private Prisons in NSW: Submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Parklea Correctional Centre and Other Operational Issues.

2017

Journal Articles

Andrew J, and Cahill D (2017) Rationalising and resisting neoliberalism: The uneven geography of costs Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 45, 12-28. [More Information]

Marini L, Andrew J, and Van Der Laan S (2017) Tools of Accountability: Protecting Microfinance Clients in South Africa? Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 30 (6), 1344-1369. [More Information]

2016

Journal Article

Zhang Y, and Andrew J (2016) Rethinking China: Discourse, Convergence and Fair Value Accounting Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 36, 1-21. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Andrew J (2016) Where's the Evidence? Accounting and Public Policy (Keynote Address) The Public Service Association (PSA) Annual Conference; Public Service Association (PSA), Sydney, Australia.

Xu S, Andrew J, Andrew B, and Cortese C (2016) Greenhouse and energy auditing - more technical or financial? - An exploration of its translation from the lobbying processes and after 8th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference; Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA), Melbourne, Australia.

Report

Andrew J, Baker M, and Roberts P (2016) Prison Privatisation in Australia: The State of the Nation; The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, 1-69.

2015

Journal Article

Andrew J (2015) How do we break down a $3.4b prisons bill? What can it tell us? The Conversation, 19 June.

Reports

Andrew J (2015) Submission to the Inquiry into the Efficiency and Performance of Western Australian Prisons.

Andrew J, Baker M, and Roberts P (2015) The Cost of Commissioning: Research Report on the Proposed Reforms to Western Australian Prisons Sector.

2014

Journal Articles

Baker M, and Andrew J (2014) Obama's concession on spying makes implicit case for leaks The Conversation, 21 January. [More Information]

Ladva P, and Andrew J (2014) Weaving a web of control: "The Promise of Opportunity" and work-life balance in multinational accounting firms Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27 (4), 634-654. [More Information]

Zhang Y, and Andrew J (2014) Financialisation and the Conceptual Framework Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 25 (1), 17-26. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Andrew J (2014) Incorporating Human Rights into the Sustainability Agenda Sustainability in Accounting Education; Routledge, Abingdon, 126-128.

2013

Journal Articles

Andrew J (2013) Incorporating Human Rights into the Sustainability Agenda: A Commentary on 'Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights and Business Schools Responsibility to Teach It' Accounting Education, 22 (4), 418-420. [More Information]

Andrew J (2013) Review: Uncertainty Markets and Carbon Markets: Variations on Polanyian Themes Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 33 (1), 51-51.

Andrew J, and Baker M (2013) Senate run must be more than a get-out-of-jail card for Assange The Conversation, 2 April.

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2013) Free market environmentalism and the neoliberal project: The case of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 24 (6), 397-409. [More Information]

2012

Journal Articles

Andrew J (2012) Accounting and the construction of the 'cost effective' prison Journal of Australian Political Economy (68), 194-212.

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2012) The private world of carbon reporting The Conversation, December. [More Information]

Zhang Y, Andrew J, and Rudkin K (2012) Accounting as an Instrument of Neoliberalisation? Exploring the Adoption of Fair Value Accounting in China Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 25 (8), 1266-1289. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Cahill D, and Andrew J (2012) Accounting, public policy and the hegemony of cost: The framing of prison privatisation in NSW Prague Conference on Political Economy; Law and Contemporary Problems, Prague, Czech Republic.

Seminar Paper

Andrew J, and Cahill D (2012) Accounting, Public Policy and the Hegemony of 'Cost: The Framing of Prison Privatisation in NSW 11th Australasian Centre on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR) Conference; University of Wollongong, Wollongong.

Report

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2012) Accounting for Climate Change: An examination of carbon disclosure regimes.

2011

Journal Articles

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2011) Carbon Disclosures: Comparability, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 5 (4), A3-5-A3-18.

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2011) Accounting for climate change and the self-regulation of carbon disclosures Accounting Forum, 35 (3), 130-138. [More Information]

Andrew J, and Eden D (2011) Offshoring and outsourcing the 'unauthorised': The annual reports of an anxious state Policy and Society, 30 (3), 221-234. [More Information]

2010

Journal Articles

Andrew J (2010) Prison Privatization: The (Ir)Relevance of Accounting Accounting and the Public Interest, 10 (1), 122-137. [More Information]

Andrew J, Kaidonis M, and Andrew B (2010) Carbon Tax: Challenging neoliberal solutions to climate change Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 21 (7), 611-618. [More Information]

Zhang Y, and Andrew J (2010) Land in China: Re-considering comparability in financial reporting Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 4 (1), 53-75.

Conference Proceedings

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2010) Greenhouse gas reporting and the Carbon Disclosure Project 6th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research In Accounting Conference APIRA 2010; University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Zhang Y, Andrew J, and Rudkin K (2010) Fair Value Accounting in China: Neoliberalisation and Accounting Change 6th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research In Accounting Conference APIRA 2010; University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Book Chapter

Kaidonis M, Stoianoff N, and Andrew J (2010) The Shifting Meaning of Sustainability A Handbook of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility; Gower Publishing Company, Farnham, United Kingdom, 83-90. [More Information]

Seminar Paper

Andrew J (2010) Accounting Information and the Privatisation of Prisons Contesting Markets Symposium 2010; University of Sydney, Australia.

2009

Journal Article

Andrew J, and Cahill D (2009) Value for Money? Neo-Liberalism in New South Wales Prisons Australian Accounting Review, 19 (2), 144-152. [More Information]

Book

Funnell W, Jupe R, and Andrew J (2009) In Government We Trust: Market Failure and the Delusions of Privatisation; University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Proceedings

Kaidonis M, Leitch S, and Andrew J (2009) Strategic Discourse and Australia's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Global Dialogue Conference 2009; Aarhus University, Denmark.

Zhang Y, Andrew J, and Rudkin K (2009) Fair Value Accounting and Chinese Capital Markets 21st Annual Conference of the Association for Chinese Economic Studies Australia ACESA 2009; RMIT University, Australia.

Book Chapter

Zhang Y, Andrew J, and Collier H (2009) The Convergence of International Financial Reporting Standards in China: A View on the Influence of Political Ideology on Chinese Accounting Profession WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China; Chandos Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, 135-147.

Seminar Papers

Andrew B, Kaidonis M, and Andrew J (2009) Carbon Taxation: The Alternative to a Market-Based Approach to the Climate Change Problem Social Innovation Network Conference SInet 2009; Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Australia.

Andrew J (2009) Accountability and the Privatisation of NSW Prisons Our Prisons -- Human Rights, Mental Health & Privatisation Conference 2009; The International Commission of Jurists (Australia), Australia.

Andrew J (2009) Privatisation and the future for Better Services in NSW Unions NSW Annual Public Sector Conference 2009; Public Sector Association, Australia.

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2009) Carbon Reporting and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Social Innovation Network Conference SInet 2009; Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Australia.

Newspaper Article

Andrew J (2009) Will Rudd Rein in Profits The Australian .

Report

Andrew J, and Cahill D (2009) Inquiry into the privatisation of prisons and prison-related services; General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3, Parliament of New South Wales, Sydney, 1-68.

2008

Journal Article

Andrew B, Kaidonis M, and Andrew J (2008) Pollution Taxes to Protect the Environment Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation, 12 (2), 67-76.

Conference Proceedings

Cahill D, and Andrew J (2008) Privatisation and New South Wales Prisons: Value for Money and Neo-liberal Regulation Second Biennial Conference of the European Consortium on Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance ECPR 2008; European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), The Netherlands.

Zhang Y, Andrew J, Collier H, and McGowan C (2008) A View of the Process of Accounting Standard Setting in the People's Republic of China The College Teaching & Learning (TLC) and Applied Business Research (ABR) Conferences 2008; Clute Institute for Academic Research, United States.

Seminar Papers

Andrew J, and Cahill D (2008) Neoliberalism and New South Wales Prisons: Re-regulation through Value for Money Reporting Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference 2008; City University of New York, United States.

Andrew J, and Cortese C (2008) Corporate Strategy and the Climate Disclosures Standards Board 7th Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research A-CSEAR 2008; Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia, Australia.

Kaidonis M, Stoianoff N, and Andrew J (2008) Discourse and Institutions of Sustainability and The Role of Accounting Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference 2008; City University of New York, United States.

Selected grants

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT6001 Intermediate Financial Reporting

  • ACCT6002 International Accounting

  • BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

Newsroom articles

  • Jane Andrew on ABC Radio Sydney 11 Apr 2019

    ABC Radio Sydney

    ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Jane Andrew about research into private prisons in NSW.

  • Private prison operators still hide from scrutiny, despite reform 17 Dec 2015

    The Conversation

    The Conversation published an opinion piece authored by Associate Professor Jane Andrew, Dr Max Baker and Philip Roberts about the recent final report of Economic Regulation Authority into the efficiency and performance of Western Australian prisons.

  • Private Prisons carry risks of hidden costs 21 Aug 2015

    The West Australian

    The West Australian published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Jane Andrew and Dr Max Baker in an article about the hidden costs of private prisons.

  • Private Prisons carry risks of hidden costs 21 Aug 2015

    The West Australian

    The West Australian published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Jane Andrew and Dr Max Baker in an article about the hidden costs of private prisons.

  • How do we break down a $3.4b prisons bill? What can it tell us? 19 Jun 2015

    The Conversation

    Associate Professor Jane Andrew authors an opinion piece published by The Conversation about the break down of the cost of Australia's prisons.

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