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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@sydney.edu.au

Bio

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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Publications

2013

4
Journal Article/s

English L 2013 'The Impact of an Independent Inspectorate on Penal Governance, Performance and Accountability: Pressure points and conflict “in the pursuit of an ideal of perfection”', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol.24:7-8, pp. 532-49 Link

2012

4
Journal Article/s

English L and Lee J 2012 'Obituary: Emeritus Professor Allan Barton', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol.25:8

2010

4
Journal Article/s

English L, Guthrie J, Broadbent J and Laughlin R 2010 'Performance Audit of the Operational Stage of Long-Term Partnerships for the Private Sector Provision of Public Services', Australian Accounting Review, vol.20:1, pp. 64-75

English L and Baxter J 2010 'The Changing Nature of Contracting and Trust in Public-Private Partnerships: The Case of Victorian PPP Prisons', Abacus, vol.46:3, pp. 289-319

5
Conference Paper/s

English L, Baker CR and Broadbent J 2010 'Accountability in Private Prisons? A case study of the effectiveness of dialogic evaluation', 6th International Conference on Accounting, Auditing and Management in Public Sector Reforms, Copenhagen, Denmark, 3rd September 2010

Richard Baker C, Broadbent J and English L 2010 'Accountability in Private Prisons? A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Dialogic Evaluation in Western Australia', American Accounting Association AAA Annual Meeting 2010 - "Global Thought Leadership", San Francisco, United States, 4th August 2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L, Richard Baker C and Broadbent J 2010 'Accountability in Private Prisons? A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Dialogic Evaluation', Proceedings of the 6th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research In Accounting Conference APIRA 2010, University of Sydney, Australia, 13th July 2010

2009

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Broadbent J, English L, Guthrie J and Laughlin R 2009 'Some Thoughts on a System for the Performance Audit of the Operational Stage of Long Term Partnerships with the Private Sector for the Provision of Public Sector Services', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand AFAANZ 2009, Adelaide, Australia, 7th July 2009

12
Newspaper Article/s

English L, Mladenovic R and Martinov-Bennie N 2009 'Prompting Thoughts on Ethics', Australian Financial Review- 17 July, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 55

2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L and Baxter J 2008 'Using Contracts to Govern Hybrid Public-Private Partnerships: A case study of Australian prisons', The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ/IAAER) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8th July 2008

7
Thesis

English L 2008 'Public Private Partnerships: Modernisation in the Australian Public Sector', , University of Sydney, Sydney NSW, Australia

2007

4
Journal Article/s

English L 2007 'Performance audit of Australian public private partnerships: legitimizing government policies or providing independent oversight?', Financial Accountability and Management, vol.23:3, pp. 313-336

English L and Skaerbaek P 2007 'Foreword: Performance Auditing and the Modernisation of the Public Sector', Financial Accountability and Management, vol.23:3, pp. 239-242

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L and Baxter J 2007 'Using Contracts to Govern Hybrid Public-Private Partnerships: A Case Study of Victorian Prisons', Fifth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 10th July 2007

English L 2007 'Performance Audit of Australian Public Private Partnerships: Legitimising Government Policies or Providing Independent Oversight? (Best Paper Award in the Public Sector stream)', The Accounting Association of Australia & New Zealand(AFAANZ), Gold Coast QLD, Australia, 3rd July 2007

2006

4
Journal Article/s

English L 2006 'Public Private Partnerships in Australia: An Overview of Their Nature, Purpose, Incidence and Oversight', UNSW Law Journal, vol.29:3, pp. 250-262

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L and Guthrie J 2006 'Public Private Partnerships in Australia: A Lack of Public Accountability', PMA 2006 Conference, London, United Kingdom, 1st January 2006-31st December 2006

English L and Guthrie J 2006 'State audit of public private partnerships in Australia: A lack of public accountability?', 29th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (EAA), Dublin, Ireland, 24th March 2006

2005

2
Book Section/s

English L 2005 'Using public-private partnerships to deliver social infrastructure: The Australian experience' in The challenge of public-private partnerships: Learning from international experience, ed. G Hodge and C Greve, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 290-304

English L, Guthrie J and Parker L 2005 'Recent public-sector financial management change in Australia: implementing the market model' in International public financial management reform: Progress, contradictions and challenges, ed. J Guthrie, C Humphrey, O Olson and L Jones, Information Age Press, Greenwich, United States, pp. 23-54

4
Journal Article/s

English L and Walker R 2005 'Notes of the University of Sydney Pacioli Society: The University of Sydney Pacioli Society Meeting (hosted by Ernst & Young, Sydney), 10 December 2003: Public private partnerships', Abacus, vol.41:1, pp. 110-116

English L 2005 'Using public-private partnerships to achieve value for money in the delivery of healthcare in Australia', International Journal of Public Policy, vol.1:1/2, pp. 91-121

English L and Skellern M 2005 'Public private partnerships and public sector management reform: A comparative perspective', Special Issue: International Journal of Public Policy, vol.1:1/2, pp. 1-21

English L 2005 'A commentary on "The long road to publishing: A user-friendly expose"', Accounting Education: an international journal, vol.14:2, pp. 169-172

English L 2005 'Creating healthy partnerships', Intheblack, vol.75:10, pp. 52-53

5
Conference Paper/s

Preda P, Harvey AElizabeth, English L and Quinlan G 2005 'Enhancing student learning of accounting using business simulation technology', 28th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Goteborg, Sweden, 20th May 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Preda P, Harvey AElizabeth and English L 2005 'Relating accounting to the real world: Enhancing student learning using business simulation technology', 12th International Conference on Learning, Grenada, Spain, 14th July 2005

English L 2005 'Using public private partnerships to achieve value for money in the delivery of health care in Australia', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Annual Conference, Melbourne VIC, Australia, 5th July 2005

Zhang C, Baxter J and English L 2005 'Using contracts to govern hybrid public-private relationships: a case study of three Victorian private prisons', European Accounting Association (EAA) 28th Annual Congress, Goteborg, Sweden, 20th May 2005

Preda P, Harvey AElizabeth, English L and Quinlan G 2005 'Relating accounting to the real world: Enhancing student learning using business simulation technology', International Conference on Innovations in Accounting Teaching and Learning, Hobart, TAS, Australia, 8th February 2005

11
Seminar Paper/s

Preda P, Harvey AElizabeth, English L and Quinlan G 2005 'Relating accounting to the real world: Enhancing student learning using business simulation technology, Centre to Advance Learning in Economics and Business (CALEB) Seminar Series, Sydney, Australia, 05 May 2005

2004

4
Journal Article/s

English L, Luckett P and Mladenovic R 2004 'Encouraging a deep approach to learning through curriculum design', Accounting Education: an international journal, vol.13:4, pp. 461-487

English L and Walker R 2004 'Risk weighting and accounting choices in public-private partnerships: Case study of a failed prison contract', Australian Accounting Review, vol.14:2, pp. 62-76

5
Conference Paper/s

English L, Mladenovic R and Luckett P 2004 'Encouraging a deep approach to learning through curriculum design in introductory accounting', Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand (AFAANZ ) Conference, Alice Springs, NT, Australia, 6th July 2004

English L, Luckett P and Mladenovic R 2004 'Encouraging a deep approach to learning through curriculum design', British Accounting Association Accounting Education SIG Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 28th May 2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L 2004 'Using PPP to deliver social infrastructure: Health care delivery in Victoria', Fourth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting, Singapore, Singapore, 6th July 2004

2003

4
Journal Article/s

English L 2003 'Emasculating public accountability in the name of competition: Transformation of state audit in Victoria', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol.14:1-2, pp. 51-76

English L, Guthrie J and Parker L 2003 'A review of new public financial management change in Australia', Australian Accounting Review, vol.13:2, pp. 3-9

English L and Guthrie J 2003 'Driving privately financed projects in Australia: What makes them tick?', Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol.16:3, pp. 493-511

5
Conference Paper/s

English L, Mladenovic R and Luckett P 2003 'Encouraging a deep approach to learning through curriculum design in introductory accounting', CPA Accounting Educators Forum, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 28th November 2003

Guthrie J, English L and Parker L 2003 'Recent public sector financial management change in Australia: Implementing the market model', 26th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (EEA), Seville , Spain, 4th April 2003

Guthrie J, English L and Parker L 2003 'Financial management change in Australia: Market experiences', European Accounting Association (EAA) Conference, Seville, Spain, 3rd April 2003

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L, Mladenovic R and Luckett P 2003 'Encouraging a deep approach to learning through curriculum design in introductory accounting', 11th International Improving Students Learning Symposium, Hinckley, United Kingdom, 3rd September 2003

9
Internal Working Paper/s

English L, Guthrie J and Parker L 2003 'Recent public-sector financial management change in Australia: Implementing the market model'

11
Seminar Paper/s

Walker R and English L 2003 'Do PPP contracts for construction of physical infrastructure evolve into liabilities, The University of Sydney Pacioli Society Meeting, University of Sydney, Australia, 10 December 2003

2002

2
Book Section/s

Guthrie J and English L 2002 'Apprendere dale esperienze internazionali di reforma del management pubblico: i sistemi di controllo di gestione' in Il controllo di gestione nelle amministrazioni centrali experienze italiane e internazionali a confronto Analisi e strumenti per l'innovazione gli approfondimenti, ed. R. Mussair, Dipartimento della Funzione Publica, Ufficio per l'Innovazione delle Publiche Aminstrazioni, Rubbettine Editore Srl, Rubbettino , Italy, pp. 101-116

4
Journal Article/s

Frost G and English L 2002 'Mandatory corporate environmental reporting in Australia: contested introduction belies effectiveness of its application', The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs, vol.Digest

5
Conference Paper/s

English L 2002 'Managing change in teaching: Response to external and internal challenges - the University of Sydney experience', Accounting Educations' Forum, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 29th November 2002

Frost G and English L 2002 'The introduction of mandatory environmental reporting in Australia: An analysis of the ex post reaction by industry and government', Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference, New York, United States, 1st - 31st May 2002

Guthrie J and English L 2002 'Learning from international public management reform experience for management control systems', European Accounting Association Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 27th April 2002

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L 2002 'Managing change in teaching: responding to external and internal challenges – the University of Sydney experience', CPA Accounting Educators Forum 2002, Australia, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

2001

2
Book Section/s

English L and Guthrie J 2001 'Public sector management in the state of Victoria 1992-1999: Genesis of the transformation' in Learning from international public management reform, Volume II-A research in public policy analysis and management, ed. L. Jones, J. Guthrie and P. Steane, JAI Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 45-59

11
Seminar Paper/s

Guthrie J and English L 2001 'Learning from international public management reform experience for management control systems, Italian National Forum on Public Administration, Rome, Italy, 09 May 2001

2000

4
Journal Article/s

English L and Guthrie J 2000 'Mandate, independence and funding: Resolution of a protracted struggle between parliament and the executive over the powers of the Australian Auditor-General', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol.59:1, pp. 98-114

5
Conference Paper/s

English L, Guthrie J and Carlin T 2000 'Victorian Public Sector Reform 1992 – 1999: The Impetus Behind the Transformation', AAANZ Annual Conference, Hamilton Island, Australia, 1st January 2000-31st December 2000

English L 2000 'New public management: does it live up to its promise?', China Accounting and Finance Review 2nd International Conference, 1st January 2000-31st December 2000

6
Conference Proceeding/s

English L, Guthrie J and Carlin T 2000 'Transformation of Public Sector Financial Management: Reflection on the Victorian Experience Downunder', European Accounting Association 23rd Annual Conference, Munich, Germany, 1st January 2000-31st December 2000

English L and Guthrie J 2000 'Emasculating accountability in the name of competition: Reform of state audit in Victoria', European Accounting Association Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, 1st January 2000-31st December 2000

1999

4
Journal Article/s

English L, Webb C, Ihnatko G and Bonanno H 1999 'Learning through writing in a first-year accounting course', Journal of Accounting Education, vol.17:2/3, pp. 221-254

1998

4
Journal Article/s

Bonanno H, Jones I and English L 1998 'Improving group satisfaction: Making groups work in a first-year undergraduate accounting course', Teaching in Higher Education, vol.3:3, pp. 365-382

1997

4
Journal Article/s

English L and Guthrie J 1997 'Guarding the independence of the Victorian Auditor-General and the public interest', Australian Accounting Review

English L and Guthrie J 1997 'Performance information and programme evaluation in the Australian public sector', The International Journal of Public Sector Management

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