Accounting and Financial Management


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Professor Lisa Jack

  • Qualifications: PhD FCCA PGCE FHEA BSc
  • Role Title: Professor in Accounting
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: Mobile: 07957 201 290 Office:023 92 844136
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  • Department: Accounting & Financial Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I began my career as an auditor first as a graduate trainee with Eastern Electricity and then with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Ipswich. Subsequently, I worked as an auditor in local government and higher education. After ten years auditing, I moved into teaching professional accountancy and management programmes, becoming a qualified teacher as well as a qualified accountant.

Whilst teaching at Writtle College - a land-based higher education institution - I became interested in how accounting practices in the agri-food industry were very different to those in other industries. This formed the basis of my thesis, a socio-historic analysis entitled 'The persistence of post war practices in UK agriculture', which won the Coleman Prize for the best thesis on a British history subject 2004/5 awarded by the Association of Business Historians. After six years University of Essex, I moved to Portsmouth as Professor in Accounting in 2009 where I have continued my research into management control in food supply chains.

At Portsmouth, I have developed my expertise in forensic accounting and since the horsemeat scandal in 2013, have been able to bring this together with my expertise in food supply chains to the study of fraud in the food and drinks industry.  I set up the Food Fraud Group within the University of Portsmouth Centre for Counter Fraud Studies in 2014, which works alongside the Gate-to-Plate research group in the Business School which I help to convene. 

In 2015, I was elected as Vice-President (2015-16) and President Elect (2016-18) of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).  I am also a member of the council for the Management Control Association, the Finance and Management Committee of the ICAEW and the advisory board of The Institute for Food Safety, Integrity and Protection (TIFSIP).


Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach on the unit ‘Financial Crime & the Law’ (MSc Forensic Accounting). I am also course director of the MSc in Research Methods, a programme for members of staff new to research. I deliver sessions for the MBA Master Class programme and the Graduate School Development Programme, and supervise dissertation students at all levels.

I am currently supervising PhD students in topics including management control in agri-food, fraud in retail, the Libyan accountancy profession and accounting education.

In 2015, I developed CPD courses in food fraud alongside NSF International and PKF Littlejohn/TIFSIP.


In general terms, my research interests lie in management information for decision-making, including accounting communication and education, I am particularly interested in the use of social theory investigate the reasons why accounting tasks are done in the way they are and why they might be done differently, to paraphrase Raymond J. Chambers.  I am involved in international networks using strong structuration theory and pragmatic constructivism in accounting research, as well as the study of management control and accounting.

My main areas of research are the agri-food industry and food fraud. In 2011, a team consisting of myself and Dr Juan M. Ramon Jeronimo and Dr Raquel Florez-Lopez of University Pablo Olavide in Seville, was one of only four successful bids under CIMA’s ‘Relevance Required’ Initiative, investigating risk and inter-organisational performance measures in intermediate food chain companies. 

At present, I am establishing new projects to investigate how management control and forensic accounting form the basis for the detection, prevention and understanding of fraud in the food and drink industry.


Research profile

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