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Rebecca Boden is professor of Critical Management in the Business School. Working within the critical tradition, she has wide interests but her current research focuses primarily on three areas:

First, she addresses the effects of regimes of accounting and management on sites of knowledge creation – especially higher education and scientific research organisations. Since 2013 she has been a partner on the EU-funded UNIKE project – Universities in the Knowledge Economy (, working with colleagues in the UK, France, Denmark, Slovenia and Portugal on a wide range of HE issues.

A second focus is on individuals, accounting and the state. This work looks at tax, welfare benefits and the imbrication of accounting in matters of political economy. Rebecca is a founder member of the Tax Research Network. Her current work is on the tax treatment of elite UK schools and of the grouse shooting industry.

Third, Rebecca has a longstanding interest in trade credit in the UK, especially consiuderation of issues of power and policy reform.

Widely published, Rebecca devotes considerable energy to the mentoring of early career researchers and supervising doctoral students. 



PhD students

Rebecca's current PhD students are:

  • Gabriela Thompson, RUSIRoehampton student working on programme management and defence
  • Joanna Mackowski, RUSI/Roehampton student working on women and the millitary
  • Maria Ash: The implementation of the general equality duty in universities.
  • Catherine Butcher, UNIKE Fellow working on heterodox university forms
  • Katja Jonsas, UNIKE Fellow working on women's careers in business schools
  • Chris Russell, working on resistance to new technology
  • Luke Curran, working on creative play as a tool for strategic change


Research outputs

  1. Rob Peter, Pay Paul: English university student funding dynamics

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Creditable behaviour?: The intra-firm management of trade credit

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Action research in higher education

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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