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Roel Boomsma

Roel Boomsma


Rm 435
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 8447


Roel Boomsma joined the Discipline of Accounting of the University of Sydney Business School in August 2014. He was previously appointed as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. His current research interests lie in the field of non-governmental organization (NGO) accounting and accountability.

Roel completed his PhD in 2013 in which he investigated over an extended time period the construction of accountability in the relationship between NGOs and a governmental funder. He also examined the operationalization of proposed accountability solutions on a practical level within a group of development NGOs. Roel's dissertation was chosen by the editorial board of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, as the winner of the 2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category.

Roel has taught a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses in Financial Accounting, Qualitative Research Methods and Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics.


Journal Article/s

Boomsma R 2015 'Review of 'An Exploration of NGO and Media Efforts to Influence Workplace Practices and Associated Accountability Within Global Supply Chains, Craig Deegan and Muhammad Azizul Islam, The British Accounting Review, 2014, 46 (4), pp. 397–415'', Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, vol.35:3, pp. 200-1

O'Dwyer B and Boomsma R 2015 'The co-construction of NGO accountability: Aligning imposed and felt accountability in NGO-funder accountability relationships', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol.28:1, pp. 36-68 [Link]

Conference Paper/s

Boomsma R and O'Dwyer B 2015 'The construction of NGO accountability: Directing Dutch governmentally funded NGOs towards quality improvement', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting 30th Anniversary Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 10th July 2015


Book Section/s

Boomsma R and O’Dwyer B 2014 'The nature of NGO accountability: conceptions, motives, forms and mechanisms' in Sustainability Accounting and Accountability (2nd edition), ed. Unerman, J., Bebbington, J., O’Dwyer, B., Routledge, London, United Kingdom



Boomsma R 2013 'The construction and operationalisation of NGO accountability: Directing Dutch governmentally funded NGOs towards quality improvement', , University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Journal Article/s

Boomsma R 2010 'Review of ‘Levy, Brown and De Jong (2010), The contested politics of corporate governance: The case of the Global Reporting Initiative, Business & Society, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 88-115’', Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, vol.30:2, pp. 111-12

Selected grants



Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT5001 Accounting Principles

    2017: S1, S2,
    2016: S1, S2,