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Helen Yee

Helen Yee

MA (Hons) Dundee; DipEd CUHK; PhD Deakin; CPA
Senior Lecturer

Rm 434
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 8627 5337


Helen joined as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney in July 2016. She received her PhD in Accounting from Deakin University in 2009. In recent years, her research interest focuses on accounting institutions and professionalization. She is particularly interested in studying the professionalization of the accounting profession in China, seeking to understand the role of the Chinese government, as well as the Big Four accounting firms, in shaping the development of the profession. She has published in Accounting, Organizations and Society and Critical Perspectives on Accounting and she is a member of the editorial board for Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Accounting History.

Helen has taught in tertiary institutions both in Hong Kong and in Australia. She has extensive experience in teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her area of expertise is in the area of financial accounting and she has played key roles in a number of major re-developments of the financial accounting units over the years.

Research Interests

Helen’s research interests focuses on studying the development of the accounting profession in China. Her research seeks to understand the implications of China’s integration into the world economy and particularly on how such political agenda influences and steers the professionalization process of accounting. Helen has been working on research projects that seek to explore not only the political dynamic, but also the intricacies of the relationships between the state (and state agencies) and various players in the accounting arena (local as well as international). Examination of these dynamic relationships can be used beneficially to illuminate broader social issues such as distribution of power; conflicts and struggles within society; as well as the role of the state in adjudicating amongst interests.

Helen is a qualitative researcher. Much of her work is of an interdisciplinary nature, drawing on concepts from disciplines such as sociology, political science and management studies to interpret her findings. She has, for example, combined Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and the concept of state corporatism to study the state-accounting profession relationship in China. Through such theoretical lenses, she is able to further illuminate the ideological influence of the state in the development of the Chinese accounting profession. Helen’s recent projects have shifted attention to studying accounting firms in China, as well as to examining the relationship between the Chinese and Hong Kong accounting profession.


Journal Article/s

Yee H 2012 'Analyzing the state-accounting profession dynamic: some insights from the professionalization experience in China', Accounting, Organizations and Society, vol.37:6, pp. 426-44 [Link]


Conference Paper/s

Yee H and West B 2010 'Accounting professionalisation and occupational context: the role of the public accounting profession in China', 6th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13th July 2010


Journal Article/s

Yee H 2009 'The re-emergence of the public accounting profession in China: a hegemonic analysis', Critical Perspectives on Accounting Journal, vol.20:1, pp. 71-92 [Link]

Conference Paper/s

Yee H 2009 'The dynamic of state-accounting profession relationship: some insights from the professionalisation experience in China', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, 11th July 2009



2008 'Ideological Hegemony and the Organization of Public Accountants in China', Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT6001 Intermediate Financial Reporting

    2017: S1, S2,
    2016: S2,