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Linda English

Linda English

BA (Hons) BCom Monash; GradDip Survey Design & Analysis UNSW; CPA ASA; PhD Sydney
Honorary Associate Professor

Rm 342
H10 - Storie Dixson Wing
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 3900
Fax +61 2 9351 6638


Linda English's research and teaching interests include public sector accounting, auditing, accountability, governance and management, and accounting education. Her current research focus is on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Australia. In 2005 a team comprising Linda, Professor James Guthrie and Associate Professor Sue Newberry (University of Sydney), and Professors Jane Broadbent and Richard Laughlin (University of London) was awarded a large ARC Linkage Grant to develop a model for the evaluation of Australian Public Private Partnerships. The primary aim of this research project is to improve the long-term assessment of PPP in order to determine whether they deliver efficiency and effectiveness for taxpayers as claimed. A key outcome of this research will be the development of an empirically based post project evaluation model, developed with the full support of stakeholders, including Auditors-General and Public Accounts Committees.

Linda has published over fifty articles in refereed journals and books published in the UK, US and Australia, and in professional journals published in Australia and Singapore. In 1991 she became the founding editor of Australian Accounting Review, a journal created to foster the dialogue between academe and practitioners in accounting in Australasia. Published by the CPA Australia, AAR has over 3000 subscribers to its print and electronic versions. Several articles published in AAR have won awards in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) annual Articles of Merit competition. Linda is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Policy and edited the inaugural issue of the journal on Public Private Partnerships.

Linda is interested in educational issues. Since 1993 she has been collaborating with the University's Learning Centre to introduce the explicit development of generic skills into her courses. This work has resulted in the publication of seven international articles and numerous invited presentations. Linda received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University in 1997 and from the Faculty in 1995. She is an editorial board member of Accounting Education, a UK journal.

Newsroom articles

  • Can legislation alone end brutality in Australian prisons? 29 Nov 2012

    ABC Unleashed

    Honorary Associate Professor Linda English says that changing a culture of brutality in closed institutions is rarely achieved through the imposition of additional rules, training and surveillance, but is grounded in the alignment of institutional and personal values.
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Research Expertise

  • Accounting education
  • Corporate governance in the public and private sectors
  • Development of communication and other generic skills
  • Public private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Public sector accounting, audit and financial management