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Sandra van der Laan

Sandra van der Laan

BCom (Acctg) MCom (Fin) W'gong; GradCertHEd PhD USyd; CPA; GAICD
Associate Professor

Rm 341
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6431
Fax +61 2 9351 6638


Sandra van der Laan joined Sydney University from Wollongong in 2001 after a career change in the 1990s. She has formal qualifications in accounting, finance and education.

Sandra's research interests lie in accounting in two broad strands of research. The first centres on accounting as a social discourse and accounting as a mechanism to discharge accountability. As such, she has been researching in the areas of social accounting and ethical investment.

Sandra's second strand of research is centred on her PhD research. Her thesis, entitled 'An Ineffective (De)regulatory Initiative: The Australian Class Order Deed of Cross Guarantee' examines the economic consequences of the financial reporting regulation that was first introduced in 1986. This has led to an interest in the regulation and reporting for corporate groups more generally. She has published her research in a number of top ranking international journals such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Journal of Business Ethics and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Sandra has, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, been successful in gaining a large ARC Linkage Grant (valued at approximately $700,000) examining the role of accounting and accountants in sustainability reporting with linkage partner CPA Australia. Sandra has also been awarded grants to pursue her research from CPA Australia, the Institute Chartered Accountants of Australia, AFAANZ and ACCA.

Sandra teaches both introductory accounting and auditing at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has also been actively engaged in research into teaching and learning in order to promote improved student learning outcomes. Her research in this area has been presented at a number of international interdisciplinary conferences.

Sandra has reviewed papers for many international journals and conferences, such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Abacus. She has also been a guest editor for a number of special issues of journals, such as the Journal of Business Ethics and the Australian Accounting Review.

Newsroom articles

  • Asbestos fight flares up again 12 Apr 2014

    The Australian

    Sandra van der Laan is quoted in the article about the recent case asbestos victim Stephen Wickham won against James Hardie and the minimal funds left in the AICF fund set up to meet future asbestos claims.

  • Accountability and asbestos: why the James Hardie compo model won't work for Telstra 09 Jul 2013

    The Conversation

    The Conversation website has published an article co-authored by Associate Professor Sandra van der Laan, Business School, on why calls to establish a James Hardie-style compensation fund for workers affected by asbestos are misguided.

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Research Expertise

  • Corporate social reporting
  • Ethical investment
  • Socially responsible investment
  • Financial accounting
  • Audit fee modelling
  • Accounting for corporate groups

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