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Sara Closs-Davies

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I am a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). I am a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Taxation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am an active
researcher in areas surrounding accounting, taxation, public social welfare policy and their implications on individuals, organisations, society and social inequality.

I teach accounting and taxation and also supervise research projects (UG level) and dissertations (PG level). Providing and facilitating space to deliver and maintain high quality teaching and learning is very important to me. Making use of information technology and developing
innovative methods for teaching and learning is an important part to my approach. 


Prior to my academic career, I worked in the accountancy and taxation industry for around fifteen years (since 1997). I managed tax enquiry cases (personal and business) and coordinated and managed a busy tax
department at an accountancy firm, where I was also the Training Officer  and the ACCA Mentor for trainees. I also owned and managed my own accountancy firm offering accountancy services, taxation advice and
tax planning to businesses, individuals and accounting firms. 


I embarked on a career in academia in 2008, partly because I enjoyed teaching and sharing knowledge and skills that I had gained from industry, and also because I wanted to make a change to the way tax and social welfare policy is administered with the aim of improving the experiences of practitioners, citizens (in particular vulnerable groups), leading to improved effective deliery of policy. It is due to this passion that I immersed myself into accounting, tax, social welfare and public administration research, and completed an MRes and PhD in accounting.

My research is multidisciplinary and transcends across several disciplines to include: accounting, public administration, taxation, social welfare and sociology. In the main, my research focuses on the role of accounting in public policy and administration. In particular, I examine tax and social welfare administration and their implications and impact on individuals, organisations, society, and social inequality. My research also explores the role of accounting technologies and techniques, their implications, to include how they enact power and control. I adopt qualitative research methods and use a critical interpretivist approach, through ethnography, critical discourse analysis, and the application of grounded theory, to name a few. 

In addition to my teaching and research, I hold several other roles:

My previous awards include:

  • £24,328 awarded by Welsh Government;
  • £18,000 from Economic Intelligence Wales Limited;
  • £70,672 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP);
  • £24,999 awarded by the Welsh Government;
  • £198,377 Grant award from the Nuffield Foundation and The British Academy;
  • £62,436 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP);
  • £12,000 Financial and non-financial support from Citizens Advice Ynys Môn as part of a successful ESRC DTP application;
  • £18,200 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA);
  • £10,000 grant from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wales Research Grant;
  • £1,500 research bursary from Departments of Accounting and Finance (CDAF);
  • £2,000 College Seed Funding, Bangor University;
  • Nominated twice for Teacher of the Year category, by the Students’ Union and the Student Led Teaching Awards Panel (UK);
  • 5-year Lectureship in Accounting (Welsh Medium) funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK); and 5-year Welsh Medium Postgraduate Scholarship in Accounting from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK).

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Neoliberalism and accounting in everyday relational practices: The effects of the UK tax credits system on the financial hardship of claimants, Bangor University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2019

Master of Research, Tax credits: The construction of power and communication by social movement groups using dramaturgy

Award Date: 16 Jul 2012

Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

Award Date: 1 May 2008

Fellow member of Association of Chartered and Certified Accountant (ACCA)

Award Date: 1 May 2003

External positions

Chair, British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

Trustee and Director , Citizens Advice Ynys Mon

Expert reviewer and panelist , Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

Academic Advisor and Volunteer, Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG)

Executive Board member and Director, Tax Research Network (TRN)

Co-Editor, Tax Research Network (TRN)

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Accounting
  • Accountability
  • Tax
  • Social Welfare
  • Governance
  • Public Administration

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