Sandra van der Laan

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BCom (Acctg) MCom (Fin) W'gong; GradCertHEd PhD USyd; CPA; GAICD

Professor

Rm 5178
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6431
Fax +61 2 9351 6638
sandra.vanderlaan@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Sandra van der Laan joined Sydney University from Wollongong in 2001 after a career change in the 1990s. She has formal qualifications in accounting, finance and education.

Sandra's research interests lie in accounting in two broad strands of research. The first centres on accounting as a social discourse and accounting as a mechanism to discharge accountability. As such, she has been researching in the areas of social accounting and ethical investment.

Sandra's second strand of research is centred on her PhD research. Her thesis, entitled 'An Ineffective (De)regulatory Initiative: The Australian Class Order Deed of Cross Guarantee' examines the economic consequences of the financial reporting regulation that was first introduced in 1986. This has led to an interest in the regulation and reporting for corporate groups more generally. She has published her research in a number of top ranking international journals such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Journal of Business Ethics and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Sandra has, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, been successful in gaining a large ARC Linkage Grant (valued at approximately $700,000) examining the role of accounting and accountants in sustainability reporting with linkage partner CPA Australia. Sandra has also been awarded grants to pursue her research from CPA Australia, the Institute Chartered Accountants of Australia, AFAANZ and ACCA.

Sandra teaches both introductory accounting and auditing at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has also been actively engaged in research into teaching and learning in order to promote improved student learning outcomes. Her research in this area has been presented at a number of international interdisciplinary conferences.

Sandra has reviewed papers for many international journals and conferences, such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Abacus. She has also been a guest editor for a number of special issues of journals, such as the Journal of Business Ethics and the Australian Accounting Review.

Selected publications

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]

Conference Proceedings

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2018) Early Funeral Insurance: The Unintended Consequences of Calculating Death Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference AFAANZ 2018; The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, NZ.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2018) The Rise of Funeral Insurance: Burial Clubs and Friendly Societies in 18th and 19th Century England British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference BAFA 2018; British Accounting and Finance Association, London, UK.

Moerman L, Van Der Laan S, Huynh T, and Wong C (2018) It's Your Funeral: An Investigation of Pricing in the Funeral Industry in Australia Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference AFAANZ 2018; The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, NZ.

2017

Journal Article

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]

Report

Van Der Laan S, and Moerman L (2017) It's your funeral: An investigation of death care and the funeral industry in Australia; Business School, University of Sydney, Sydney, 3-40.

2015

Journal Articles

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2015) Exploring Shadow Accountability: The Case of James Hardie and Asbestos Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 35 (1), 32-48. [More Information]

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2015) Silencing the noise: Asbestos liabilities, accounting and strategic bankruptcy Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 27, 118-128. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2015) Toxic Products and Hazardous Waste: The Global Asbestos Issue Sustainability after Rio; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, 103-120. [More Information]

2014

Journal Article

Moerman L, Van Der Laan S, and Campbell D (2014) A tale of two asbestos giants: Corporate reports as (auto)biography Business History, 56 (6), 975-995. [More Information]

2013

Journal Articles

Kaur H, and Van Der Laan S (2013) Auditing Litigation and Claims: Conflicts and the Compromise of Privilege Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 7 (4), 3-16. [More Information]

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2013) Accountability and asbestos: why the James Hardie compo model won’t work for Telstra The Conversation, 1-3.

Book

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2013) Accounting and long-tail liabilities: the case of asbestos; Certified Accountants Educational Trust, London, United Kingdom.

Book Chapter

Van Der Laan S (2013) Are Auditors Effective Gatekeepers to Combat Corporate Crime? Financial Crime Risks, Globalisation and the Professions; Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Australia, 65-72.

2012

Journal Articles

Huynh T, Christodoulou D, and Van Der Laan S (2012) Legally-Recognised Group Structures: An Exploratory Analysis Australian Accounting Review, 22 (2), 155-176. [More Information]

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2012) Risky Business: Socializing Asbestos Risk and the Hybridization of Accounting Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 23 (2), 107-116. [More Information]

Van Der Laan S (2012) Editorial- Corporate Groups: Unresolved Issues Australian Accounting Review, 22 (2), 115-116. [More Information]

Van Der Laan S, and Christodoulou D (2012) Audit Fees and Deeds of Cross Guarantee: An Empirical Evaluation Abacus, 48 (3), 293-315. [More Information]

2011

Journal Articles

Gunz S, and Van Der Laan S (2011) Actuaries, Conflicts of Interest and Professional Independence: The Case of James Hardie Industries Limited Journal of Business Ethics, 98 (4), 583-596. [More Information]

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2011) Accounting for Long-Tail Asbestos Liabilities: Metaphor and Meaning Accounting Forum, 35 (1), 11-18. [More Information]

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2011) Accountability, Asbestos and Indigenous Rights: The Case of Baryulgil Accounting History, 16 (4), 439-457. [More Information]

Van Der Laan S (2011) Vale to Paul Preda Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 5 (4), 3-4.

2010

Journal Article

Van Der Laan S, and Dean G (2010) Corporate Groups in Australia: State of Play Australian Accounting Review, 20 (2), 121-133. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Kaur H, and Van Der Laan S (2010) The Auditor's Paradox: Auditing Litigation Liabilities 33rd European Accounting Association Annual Congress EAA 2010; European Accounting Association, Belgium.

2009

Journal Article

Van Der Laan S (2009) The Role Of Theory in Explaining Motivation for Corporate Social Disclosures: Voluntary Disclosures vs 'Solicited' Disclosures Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 3 (4), 15-29.

Book

Van Der Laan S (2009) An Inefficient Deregulatory Initiative: The Australian Class Order Deed of Cross Guarantee; The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Conference Proceeding

Christodoulou D, Dean G, and Van Der Laan S (2009) Contesting the Benefits of Executing a Deed of Cross Guarantee Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference AFAANZ 2009; The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia.

Newspaper Article

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2009) Hardie given far too much wriggle room Australian Financial Review .

2008

Journal Articles

Beck C, and Van Der Laan S (2008) Editorial: Social and Environmental Accounting Research (SEA) - A Special Issue? Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 2 (1), 1-3.

Jones S, Van Der Laan S, Frost G, and Loftus J (2008) The Investment Performance of Socially Responsible Investment Funds in Australia Journal of Business Ethics, 80 (2), 181-203. [More Information]

2007

Journal Articles

Jones S, Frost G, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2007) An Empirical Examination of the Market Returns and Financial Performance of Entities Engaged in Sustainability Reporting Australian Accounting Review, 17 (1), 78-87.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2007) Pursuing shareholder value: The rhetoric of James Hardie Accounting Forum, 31 (4), 354-369. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Esslemont C, Van Der Laan S, and Dean G (2007) Embedded Concept Maps in Support of Meaningful Learning: A Learner-Centric Model E-Learning Symposium 2007; Common Ground Publishing, Australia.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2007) Exposing Organisational Rhetoric: The Case of James Hardie Fifth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA 2007); Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA), New Zealand.

Van Der Laan S, Esslemont C, and Dean G (2007) Concept Mapping as a Means of Navigating Personal Learning International Conference: Innovation in Accounting and Corporate Governance Education 2007; School of Accounting & Corporate Governance, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Book Chapter

Mladenovic R, and Van Der Laan S (2007) State of the Environment reporting by local government: Australian evidence on compliance and content Water Wind Art and Debate - How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research; Sydney University Press, Sydney, 70-94.

Report

Van Der Laan S, Dean G, and Esslemont C (2007) Towards constructive alignment: Mapping the territory.

2006

Journal Articles

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2006) Accounting for Intellectual Property: Inconsistencies and Challenges Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 11 (4), 243-248.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2006) TRIPS and the pharmaceutical industry: Prescription for profit? Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17 (8), 1089-1106. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Dean G, Esslemont C, and Van Der Laan S (2006) Teaching and learning in large classes: Methods and tools to assess and promote meaningful learning American Accounting Association Annual Meeting Effective Learning Strategies Forum; American Accounting Association, USA.

Esslemont C, Dean G, and Van Der Laan S (2006) Navigating the icebergs of online learning The Power of Online Learning: Realizing the Vision - 12th Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks; The Sloan-C Consortium, USA.

Jones S, Frost G, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2006) An Empirical Examination of the Market Returns, Financial Performance and Distress Risk Profiles of Entities Engaged in Sustainability Disclosure 29th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association EAA 2006; European Accounting Association, Ireland.

Jones S, Van Der Laan S, Frost G, and Loftus J (2006) The Investment Performance of Ethical Funds in Australia 29th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association EAA 2006; European Accounting Association, Ireland.

Van Der Laan S (2006) e-Learning - Organising the aftermath European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL); The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Seminar Papers

Jones S, Van Der Laan S, Frost G, and Loftus J (2006) The Investment Performance of Ethical Funds in Australia Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (AFAANZ) 2006; John Wiley & Sons, online.

Van Der Laan S, Dean G, and Esslemont C (2006) Assessment to encourage meaningful learning in groups: Concept mapping AFAANZ Accounting Education SIG Symposium, 2006; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

2005

Journal Articles

Frost G, Jones S, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2005) A Survey of Sustainability Reporting Practices of Australian Reporting Entities Australian Accounting Review, 15 (1), 89-96.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Social reporting in the tobacco industry: all smoke and mirrors? Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 18 (3), 374-389. [More Information]

Books

Frost G, Loftus J, Jones S, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Sustainability/Triple bottom line reporting research - Task 5 final report; CPA Australia, Melbourne.

Jones S, Frost G, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Sustainability reporting: Practices, Performance and Potential; CPA Australia, Melbourne.

Conference Proceedings

Dean G, Van Der Laan S, and Esslemont C (2005) Evaluation of a Student Assessment Technology Implementation First International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment 2005; Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

Loftus J, Frost G, Jones S, and Van Der Laan S (2005) A Survey of Sustainability Reporting Practices of Australian Companies International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 2005; Common Ground Publishing, Australia.

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Prescription for Profit: Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Making a Killing? Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference 2005; Baruch College, City University of New York, New Youk, NY, USA.

Van Der Laan S, Dean G, and Esslemont C (2005) New teaching for new students in a new context: Pushing the boundaries in assessment Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005; Institute for Teaching and Learning, Sydney.

Book Chapter

Cornelius B, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Supporting SMEs through venture capital policy Sustaining growth and performance after the Asian financial crisis: The role of small and medium enterprises; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 341-358.

Reports

Jones S, Frost G, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Sustainability Reporting: Practices, Performance and Potential.

Jones S, Frost G, Loftus J, and Van Der Laan S (2005) Sustainability Reporting: Perspectives on Regulatory and Professional Initiatives across the Asia Pacific.

2004

Journal Articles

Frost G, Michelson G, Van Der Laan S, and Wailes N (2004) Bringing Ethical Investment To Account Australian Accounting Review, 14 (3), 2-9.

Michelson G, Wailes N, Van Der Laan S, and Frost G (2004) Ethical Investment Processes And Outcomes Journal of Business Ethics, 52 (1), 1-10. [More Information]

Van Der Laan S, and Lansbury N (2004) Socially Responsible Investing And Climate Change: Contradictions And Challenges Australian Accounting Review, 14 (3), 21-30.

Conference Proceeding

Van Der Laan S (2004) The Role Of Theory In Explaining Motivation For Corporate Social Disclosures: Voluntary Vs 'Solicited' Disclosures Fourth Asian Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA 2004), Online.

2003

Journal Article

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2003) Who is looking after the tobacco industry? Asia Pacific Journal of Centre for Environmental Accountability, 11, 16-19.

Conference Proceedings

Moerman L, and Van Der Laan S (2003) Social reporting by the Tobacco Industry: all smoke and no mirrors? 7th Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference; N/S, N/S.

Van Der Laan S, and Frost G (2003) Ethical Investment: Australian Regulation for Greater Accountability for Products Offered by the Finance Industry British Accounting Association Conference - BAA 2002; British Accounting Association, UK.

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