Anne Stafford

Anne Stafford


Personal profile

Further information

Additional Information



Anne Stafford joined Alliance Manchester Business School in 2004. Her prior academic roles include lectureships at UMIST and Birmingham City University. Her experience includes five years working as a management accountant in industry and commerce, where she qualified as an accountant, and over thirty years lecturing in financial reporting, financial statement analysis and corporate governance to a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and executive students. She has served as a member of the ACCA’s (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Global Forum for the Public Sector and a committee member of the CIGAR (Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research) network, and as a committee member of the BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association) Special Interest Group for Public Services and Charities. 

Research interests

Her research interests lie in the area of critical and historical analysis of institutions and accountability. One current area of research is the financial analysis of public policy, particularly in relation to the UK’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), public sector corporate governance and accountability. Together with her fellow authors her research has created a body of evidence used to influence national and international public debate about the costs, affordability, value for money, and accountability and governance of PPPs. Her work has been cited in submissions to governments, the OECD, he World Bank and the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Enquiry and was the lead feature in a publication from the British Academy of Social Sciences: Making the Case for Accounting and Finance.

Another area of research is investigating from a disciplinary perspective the relationship between professional development and academic knowledge in accounting, including the development of professionalisation within accounting.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


Dive into the research topics where Anne Stafford is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or
  • Miriam Hederman O’Brien 2019 prize

    Stafford, Anne (Recipient), Palcic, Donal (Recipient) & Reeves, Eoin (Recipient), 2 Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)