Dr Christopher Flanagan

  • Lecturer (Accounting & Finance)


Chris joined the Adam Smith Business School as a Lecturer in Accounting, Tax and Audit in 2019. He completed his BAcc Accountancy (Hons), MRes Sociology & Research Methods, and PhD in Accounting at the University of Glasgow.

Chris has broad research interests in accounting professionalisation, professional socialisation, and career development. His current research investigates equality, diversity and inclusion within the accountancy profession in the UK. This research focuses on accountants’ experiences of social mobility and the influence of socioeconomic background on career trajectories.

Chris is interested in developing inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. He is currently involved in scholarship projects around developing students’ graduate skills.

Research interests

Chris is a member of the Accounting research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Accountancy profession
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion within the accountancy profession
  • Accounting education and professionalisation
  • Accounting and business ethics


Chris would be interested in supervising topics in the following areas:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion within the accountancy profession (including social mobility and gender)
  • Professional socialisation, career development, and working practices
  • Accounting education and professionalisation
  • Sociological and interdisciplinary approaches to accounting research

Current students:

  • Alhooshani, Ghaida
    Gender Equity in the Saudi Accountancy Profession: Examining women’s career aspirations, experiences, and progression barriers.
  • Althumairi, Hind Jamal I
    Examining the relationship between accounting education and the profession in Saudi Arabia with a specific reference to data analytics


Courses currently taught:

  • The Accountancy Profession (UG Level 1)
  • Issues in the Accountancy Profession (UG Honours)
  • Accounting Theories in Research and Practice (UG Honours)

Previously taught:

  • Accounting & Business Ethics (PGT)
  • Issues in Accounting Research (PGT)
  • International Financial Accounting for Multi-National Companies (PGT)
  • Ethics in Accounting & Business (UG Honours)

Additional information

Chris is currently Honours Coordinator, Adviser of Studies, and Academic Integrity Officer for the Accounting & Finance subject group. He has been a member of the British Accounting and Finance Association EDI Monitoring Group since 2021 and a member of the editorial review board for Accounting Education since 2022.