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Dr Karin Shields

  • Overview



    Karin Shields received her PhD in Accounting from the University of Leeds in 2014 after which she joined Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD thesis examined the role of lobbying in the development of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for Financial Instruments. Whilst much of her other research to date looks at gender in accounting, she maintains a research interest in accounting standards development and is currently studying the development and implementation of sustainability standards. She  teaches Accounting Theory (level 6), Principles of Investment Management (level 7), Applied Financial management (level 6), Finance and Financial Management (Help to Grow) and Costing, Budgeting and Performance (MBA). She serves as Director of Postgraduate Education in the Department of Management.


    • PGCE Higher Education, Birkbeck, University of London, 2017
    • PhD Accounting, The University of Leeds, 2014
    • MSc Accounting & Finance, The University of Leeds, 2011
    • BA Management, The University of Leeds, 2010

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Director of Postgraduate Education - Department of Management
    • Convener - Management Accounting BUMN134S5


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Sustainability Accounting
    • Gender Issues in Accounting
    • Financial Reporting

    Research overview

    Karin's research to date has focussed on the development of international financial reporting standards for financial instruments, the association between the implementation of insider trading restrictions and incentives for earnings management, how gender and other commonalities facilitate information sharing and the extent of bias among financial analysts that work for brokerages with different gender compositions. Most recently, Karin's research is looking at the development of sustainability reporting standards and the economic consequences of their implementation.

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    PhD Candidate: Ibrahim Haidar "Value Relevance of Integrated Reporting"

    MSc Dissertations

    Undergraduate Research Projects


    Accounting and Finance

    Teaching modules

    • Help To Grow: Management (BUBU071N0)
    • Applied Financial Management (Undergraduate) (BUMN050S6)
    • Principles of Investment Management (BUMN072H7)
    • Accounting Theory (BUMN132H6)
  • Publications