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Professor Laurence Ferry, PhD (Warwick), FCPFA, BA (Hons), PCAPL, SFHEA

Professor in Accounting in the Business School

(email at laurence.ferry@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Laurence Ferry is a Professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School and a prestigious Parliamentary Academic Fellow 2018/19 looking at public accountability. 

He earned his PhD from the Warwick Business School, is a qualified chartered accountant, prestigious elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting and holds a first class accounting degree. His research, teaching and consulting covers accounting and accountability with a specific focus on the public sector where he is a well-recognized international expert in public financial management. 

In recent years Laurence has published over 20 journal papers for REF2021 with public policy impact at the nexus of accounting and public administration in journals that include Management Accounting Research (MAR), European Accounting Review (EAR), Financial Accountability and Management (FAM), Accounting, Accountability and Auditing Journal (AAAJ), Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA), Accounting Forum (AF), Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management (QRAM), Public Administration Review (PAR) and Public Money and Management (PMM) among others.

He is currently on half a dozen international journal editorial boards including AAAJ, PMM and as Associate Editor at AF where he has successfully edited two special journal issues, as well as reviewing for many leading accounting and public sector journals. 

Laurence has been personally invited to give oral evidence at Parliament House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee on Brexit and Local Government, present his research at COP21 - the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris, written reports funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Union (EU) and the National Audit Office (NAO) and spoke on BBC news as an invited expert. 

Also his research has been translated into an animated short online video to show how local accountability could potentially work post-Brexit and a jazz theatre musical ‘The Austerity Playbook’ as part of the Freedom City 2017 international cultural event, which was featured in the Financial Times (FT) MBA supplement in 2018. 

In addition, Laurence is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Learning (PCAPL). Teaching interests focus on management accounting and control, and governance. He has received various awards in recognition of academic and executive teaching, including recently receiving the Deans Award for Teaching. Also he has held several visiting professorships internationally.

Furthermore, professionally over the past decade, Laurence has engaged with senior government, banking and multi-national representatives of around thirty countries. This is from various roles that he has undertaken in a research, consulting and training capacity. In the UK, recently this has included engagement with the National Audit Office (NAO), Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) and Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Internationally this experience ranges from the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China and ICBC Bank (the world’s largest bank) from China, to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and Supreme Court of Nigeria, to King Faisal Hospital of Saudi Arabia and to the Ministry of Finance of Bangladesh as just some examples. Previously he has held senior roles in central government, municipalities and consultancy including as Head of Finance and Resources and special adviser to CEOs.

Mini Biography

Prof. Laurence Ferry is a Professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School and prestigious Parliamentary Academic Fellow 2018/19 looking at public accountability. He earned his PhD from the Warwick Business School, is a qualified chartered accountant, and holds a first class accounting degree. His research, teaching and consulting covers accounting and accountability with a specific focus on the public sector where he is a recognized international expert in public financial management.

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Management Accounting
  • Performance Measurement
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Practice Theory
  • Field Study Methods (primarily within public sector contexts)

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