Dr Rebecca Warren

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Accounting
Dr Rebecca Warren



I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in April 2018. I focused on examining the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) from a political and critical perspective, specifically looking at the development of their International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-Sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs). My research draws on Post-Structuralist Discourse Theory to examine accounting and politics to challenge traditional conceptions of accounting, and explore alternatives through social accounting. Traditionally accounting is presented as apolitical and objective. My research challenges this by exploring the political and subjective nature of accounting and its impact upon society, through the deconstruction of the politics of numbers. As my research is transdisciplinary, I have explored connections of accounting to various other disciplines including public policy, regulation, geography, politics, philosophy and discourse theory through strong empirical, theoretical and methodological research. This has led me to explore the development of alternatives forms of accounting with communities, charities and the arts and cultural sector. The work that I have undertaken in communities has led to a broader exploration of accounting, accountability and regulatory challenges for community leaders, community and cooperative based organisations, alternative economies, arts and cultural organisations and social enterprises. This impactful research sheds light on the work of communities in their many forms and constructs bespoke evaluation for those communities through the development of social accounting and accountability, whilst exploring the impact of the latter in practice. I am the Employability Development Director for Essex Business School. Since joining the University, I have been working to diversify the employability offering of EBS to different sectors in order to broaden the horizon of student’s employability and citizenship development. I work with a variety of types of organizations to do this across the for-profit sector, the third sector, the arts and cultural sector and community groups. For example, I have co-developed a work-based module with Citizens UK that enables students to take social action in and with their local community.


  • PhD in Management Royal Holloway, (2018)


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Essex (3/10/2022 - present)

Other academic

  • Employability Development Director, University of Essex (26/9/2022 - present)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Speaking truth to funders: Alternative accountabilities in the voluntary and community sector during the pandemic

Invited presentation, University of Bristol Seminar presentation, Bristol, United Kingdom, 6/2/2023

Democracy in Action: Extending Work-based learning to Community-based learning for transformative education

Invited presentation, Citizens UK: POWER/KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE conference, London, United Kingdom, 18/1/2023

Speaking truth to funders: Alternative accountabilities in the voluntary and community sector during the pandemic

Alternative Accounts Europe 2023, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 6/1/2023

Democracy in Action: Extending work-based learning to Community-based learning

Invited presentation, Staffordshire University Winter Learning and Teaching Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, 8/12/2022

Speaking truth to funders: Alternative accountabilities in the voluntary and community sector during the pandemic

Resilience and the Third Sector Conference at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS), 10/11/2022

Community Organising from a radical democratic point of view

Association for Social and Political Philosophy Annual Conference, 14/7/2022

Communities responding to crisis

Invited presentation, Communities Can…Build Back Fairer Conference, 11/10/2021

Democracy in action – Extending Work-based learning to Community Action and Citizenship

Symposium Alternative Education/Educational Alternatives, Kaplan Singapore, Singapore, 29/7/2020


Journal articles (7)

Carter, D., Warren, R. and Steinhoff, A., (2023). The Anatomy of Tragedy: Starbucks as a Politics of Displacement. Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal. 36 (1), 146-176

Glynos, J., Roussos, K., Voutyras, S. and Warren, R., (2022). Paradoxes in the management of timebanks in the UK’s voluntary sector: discursive bricolage and its limits. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

d L Voss, B., Carter, D. and Warren, R., (2022). A Car Wash: Post-truth Politics, Petrobras and Ethics of the Real. Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal

Carter, D. and Warren, R., (2021). Economic Re-colonisation: Financialisation, Indigeneity and the Epistemic Violence of Resolution. Political Geography. 84, 102284-102284

Carter, D. and Warren, R., (2019). Metonyms and metaphor: the rhetorical redescription of public interest for the International Accounting Standards Board. Critical Policy Studies. 13 (3), 280-305

Warren, R., Carter, D. and Napier, C., (2019). Opening up the politics of standard setting through Discourse Theory: The case of IFRS for SMEs. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 33 (1), 124-151

Carter, D. and Warren, R., (2018). Accounting for indebtedness: geopolitics, technocracy and advanced financial capital. Innovation / Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 31 (1), 83-104

Reports and Papers (5)

Warren, R., Green, A., Woodward, S., Wiltshite, D. and Pailing, D., North East Essex Communities responding to Crisis COVID 19, social action and our local neighbourhood

Warren, R., Howarth, D. and Ana, D., Bradwell B Exit Polling Research Report

Warren, R., Dance East Theory of Change report

Warren, R., Glynos, J., Roussos, K., Jimena, V., Steinhoff, A. and Crippa, L., Democracy in Action - Building Better Communities And Organisations Through Collective Decision Making and Action - Project Evaluation

Warren, R. and Roussos, K., Mercury Theatre: A social Return on Investment of the Mercury Playwrights

Grants and funding


Evaluation of Eastlight Community Homes All In programme

Eastlight Community Homes Limited

Community Catalysts: Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

Dance in Schools - A Digital Pedagogy

Dance East


Creative Exchange: Using digital platforms to support peer-based exchange in the creative sector feasibility study

Hub Arts Lab CIC

Mid-Essex asset mapping for C360



Subjectivity and valuation in community economies: A pilot study of the Essex time banks

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

Covid-19, social action and our local neighbourhood � Research in Colchester


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