Professor Rebecca Boden

Professor Rebecca Boden

Professor/Business School Executive (Research)

Roehampton University Business School


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. Here, she is presently working with two anthropologists – Susan Wright (Aarhus) and Davydd Greenwood (Cornell) on the development of new ownership and organisational forms for universities, and has a funded research project with Susan Wright, conducting and ethnography of accounting regimes in Danish universities. Rebecca is also working with Debbie Epstein (Cardiff) on the credentialisation of heterodox knowledges, and with Maria Nedeva (Manchester) on science policy and its impact on knowledge creation.

A second focus is on accounting, individuals 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 and is organising the network’s annual conference at Roehampton in September 2012.

The third focus of Rebecca’s work is on trade credit. She has just completed a qualitative study of trade credit exchanges for ACCA with Salima Paul (UWE) and has a further programme of ongoing work.

Widely published, Rebecca also devotes significant energy to the development of early career researchers and is a very experienced supervisor of doctoral students.



PhD students

Rebecca’s current PhD students are:

  • Gabriela Thompson, RUSIRoehampton student working on programme management and defence
  • Maria Ash: The implementation of the general equality duty in universities.
  • Claire Evans: Accounting as a gendered profession
  • Malcolm James: Tax policy and power
  • Dale Horniachek: Accounting for Ontario universities
  • Barry Pemberton: Governance in the UK civil nuclear power industry.



Trust Universities? Governing post-capitalist futures, with Penny Ciancanelli and Susan Wright, Journal of Co-operative Studies, 45, 2, 16-24.

In pressRank and File: Managing individual performance in university research, Maria Nedeva, Rebecca Boden and Yanuar Nugroho, Higher Education Policy
2011Size Matters: The Late Payment Problem, Salima Paul and Rebecca Boden Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 18,4, 732-47
2011A Flat Earth Society? Imagining academic freedom, Rebecca Boden and Debbie Epstein, Sociological Review, August 2011, 59, 3, 476-495
2010Editorial: Critical Perspectives on Taxation, Rebecca Boden, Sheila Killian, Emer Mulligan and Lynne Oats, Critical Perspectives on Accounting.
2010Employing Discourse: Universities and Graduate 'Employability', Rebecca Boden and Maria Nedeva, Journal of Education Policy, 25(1): 37-54
2009Accounting for Ethos or Programmes of Conduct: the Brave New World of Research Ethics Committees, Rebecca Boden, Debbie Epstein and Joanna Latimer, Sociological Review, 57(4): 727-49
2008The Secret Life of Trade Credit Supply: Setting a New Research Agenda, Salima Paul and Rebecca Boden, British Accounting Review, 40, 272-81.
2008Not So Distant Cousins: Family Benefits in Australia and the UK, Helen Hodgson and Rebecca Boden, International Social Security Review. 61(3): 29-46
2008Disabling Accounting, Mary Bishop and Rebecca Boden, Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 19(1): 1-16.
2007Performing Women: The New Gendered Research Economy, , Catherine Fletcher, Rebecca Boden, Julie Kent and Julie Tinson,  Gender, Work and Organization 14(5): 433-53.
2007Prometheus Bound: Accounting and the creation of the new science paradigm, Angethevar Baskaran and Rebecca Boden, International Studies in Management and Organizations. 37(1): 9-26.
2007Commodified Science and Social Wellbeing, Angathevar Baskaran and Rebecca Boden, AI & Society, 21(3): 267-85.
2006Changing Science: The Advent of Neo-liberalism, Maria Nedeva and Rebecca Boden, Prometheus. 24(3): 269-81.
2006Managing the Research Imagination: Globalisation and Research in Higher Education, Rebecca Boden and Debbie EpsteinGlobalisation, Societies and Education 4(2): 223-36
2006Democratising the Research Imagination: Globalising Knowledge about HIV/AIDS, Debbie Epstein and Rebecca Boden, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 4(2): 249-260
2006The Appliance of Science? – New Public Management and Strategic Change, Rebecca Boden, Deborah Cox and Maria Nedeva, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 18(2): 125-41.
2005Sed Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? The role of Government in Corporate Governance and Ethics, Rebecca Boden, Advances in Public Interest Accounting, 11: 71-94.
2005Cedric the Pig: Annual General Meetings and Corporate Governance, Nic Apostolides and Rebecca Boden, Social Responsibility, 1(1&2): 53-62.
2004Science – A Controversial Commodity?, Angathevar Baskaranand Rebecca Boden, Science, Technology and Society, 9(1): 1-27.
2000Joining-Up with the Self-Employed, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden, Public Money and Management, 20(3): 4-5.
1999Figure it Out Yourself: Financial Reporting and the Self-employed, Rebecca Boden, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 10(1): 37-62.
1998Men in White Coats…. Men in Grey Suits: New Public Management and the Funding of Scientific Research in the UK, Rebecca Boden, Philip Gummett, Deborah Cox and Kate Barker, Journal of Auditing, Accounting and Accountability, 11(3): 267-91.
1996Paying for Procreation: The Child Support Agency in the UK, Rebecca Boden and Mary Childs, Feminist Legal Studies, IV(2):131-57.  Substantially reproduced in Sonia Harris-Short and Joanna Miles (2007) Family Law: Text, Cases & Materials. Oxford: OUP (an undergraduate materials book for law students).
1996Obeying the Rules: Accounting for Regulatory Compliance Costs in the UK, Rebecca Boden and Julie Froud, Accounting, Organisations and Society, 21(6): 529-47.
1995Pride and Prejudice: Women, Tax and Citizenship, Rebecca Boden, Mary Childs and Wendy Wild, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, 6(2): 125-48.
1994Toeing the Line: Compliance Cost Assessment in the UK,Julie Froud, Rebecca Boden, Anthony Ogus and Peter Stubbs, Policy and Politics, 22(4): 313-22.
1993Weighing the Fruits of Labour, Anne Corden, Tony Eardley and Rebecca Smellie,  Public Money and Management, 13(1): 47-9
1985Public purchasing: an administrative Cinderella, Rebecca Smellie and Roger Williams, Public Administration, 63(1): 23-39.
1983The Competition Policy of the European Community: A Conference Report, Rebecca Marshall, Government and Opposition, 18(2): 267-90.


2005The Academics' Support Kit (ASK), a boxed set of six books by Rebecca Boden, Debbie Epstein and Jane Kenway, Sage: London.  808 pages.

The Kit comprises the following titles:
  • Getting Started on Research
  • Writing for Publication
  • Teaching and Supervision
  • Winning and Managing Research Funds
  • Building Networks
  • Building an Academic Career
2004Scrutinising Science, Rebecca Boden, Deborah Cox, Maria Nedeva and Kate Barker, London: Palgrave. 209 pages. ISBN 0-333-74969-3
1998Self-employed Parents and Child Maintenance, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden, London: HMSO. 121 pages. ISBN 0-11-702696-4
1998Controlling the Regulators: Compliance Cost Assessment in the UK, Julie Froud, Rebecca Boden, Anthony Ogus, Peter Stubbs,London: MacMillan. 216 pages. ISBN 0-333-71715-5
1994Measuring Low Incomes: Self-employment and Family Credit, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden, London: HMSO. 126 pages. ISBN 0-11-701787-6

Book chapters
ForthcomingLabor-controlled organisations, in Coghlan D and Brydon-Miller M (eds.), Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research, London: Sage Publishers.
ForthcomingWhy universities count, with Kelly R, in  Gornall L and Daunten L (eds) Working Lives, London: Continuum.
In pressTea Parties, Tax and Power, Rebecca Boden in Lynne Oats (ed), Taxation: A Fieldwork Handbook, London: Routledge
2011Markets, managerialism and measurement: Organisational transformations of universities in the UK and Denmark, Susan Wright and Rebecca Boden in Kristensen JE, Nørreklit H and Raffnsøe-Møller M (eds), University Performance Management: The Silent Managerial Revolution in Danish Universities. Copenhagen: DJØF.
2007Supplying knowledge, Rebecca Boden in Debbie Epstein, Rebecca Boden, Rosemary Deem, Fazal Rizvi and Susan Wright (eds), World Yearbook of Education 2008: Geographies of Knowledge, Geometries of Power – Framing the future of Higher Education, London: Routledge. ISBN 0415963788
2006Globalisation and the Commodification of Science, Angathevar Baskaran and Rebecca Boden in Mammo Muchie and Li Xing (eds), Globalisation, Inequalities and the Commodifiation of Life and Well-Being, London: Adonis-Abbey. ISBN 1-905068-02-6
2005Taxation Research as Social Policy, Rebecca Boden inMargaret Lamb, Andrew Lymer, Judith Freeman and Simon James (eds), Taxation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research, Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-924293-3
2001Administrative Reform of United Kingdom Government Research Establishments: Case Studies of New Organisational Forms, Luke Georghiou, Deborah Cox and Rebecca Boden in Deborah Cox and Luke Georghiou (eds), Government Laboratories: Transition and Transformation, Amsterdam: ATO. ISSN 1387-6708
2000The Changing Central Government of Science and Technology, Phillip Gummett, Rebecca Boden, Deborah Cox and Kate Barker, in RAW Rhodes, (ed), Transforming British Government (Volume 2), London: Palgrave. ISBN 0-33375-243-0
1999Social Aspects of Tax Research, Rebecca Boden in Margaret Lamb and Andrew Lymer (eds), Interdisciplinary Research in Taxation: Research Approaches and Bibliographic Survey, London: ICAEW. ISBN 1-84152-022-5
1996Accounting for Outcomes: An Alternative Approach?, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden, in Peter Smith (ed), Measuring Outcomes in the Public Sector, London: Taylor and Francis. ISBN 0-7484-0403-1 and 0-7484-0404 X (pbk)


Edited books and journal special issues
2010Critical Perspectives on Accounting, special issue on critical taxation, guest editors: Rebecca Boden, Sheila Killian, Emer Mulligan and. Lynne Oats, 21,7.
2007World Yearbook of Education 2008: Geographies of Knowledge, Geometries of Power – Framing the future of Higher Education. Debbie Epstein, Rebecca Boden, Rosemary Deem, Fazal Rizvi and Susan Wright (eds), London: Routledge.

Published research reports
2012Problem Paying? SMEs and their larger customers. With Salima Paul. London: ACCA.
2010Follow the Money: An interim report on Danish University funding, Dansk Magisterforening: Copenhagen. Available online.
2005The UK Social Security System for Self-Employed People, Rebecca Boden, Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, ISSN 1011-9523
2004Women in Research: Researching Women. An Institutional Case Study of Women, Research and Higher Education, with Catherine Fletcher, Julie Kent and Julie Tinson. Bristol: UWE
2003Views and Experiences of Recipients of Disabled Person's Tax Credit, Consultant to Anne Corden and Roy Sainsbury. SPRU Report to the Inland Revenue, Inland Revenue Research Report No 5. ISBN 1-904983-03-0.
1999Measuring Self-Employed Income for the Purposes of Legal Aid, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden SPRU Report to the Legal Aid Board, May 1999, LAB 1630 4.99 RB/AC,
1997The Characteristics of Self-Employed People: A Literature Review for the Contributions Agency, Rebecca Boden, Anne Corden, Sandra Hutton and Roy Sainsbury, 1997, DSS Social Research Branch, Report No 28. 162 pages. ISBN 1-85197-826-7
1996Self-Employed Parents Assessed by the CSA, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden. SPRU Report to DSS, May 1996, DSS 1406 5.96 RB/AC.
1996Measuring Self-Employed Incomes for Purposes of the Child Support Agency: A Technical Report, Rebecca Boden and Anne Corden. SPRU Report to DSS,  54 pages, January 1996, DSS 1399 1.95 RB/AC..
1994Innovation and the tax system, Rebecca Boden. Advisory Committee on Science and Technology report, 1994, HMSO: London. 29 pages.
1993The Living Standards of Self-Employed Recipients of Family Credit- High Turnover Businesses, Rebecca Smellie, Anne Corden, Tony Eardley,SPRU Report to DSS, 12 pages, October 1993, DSS 1127 10.93 RSm/AC/TE.
1993Housing Benefit for Self-Employed People, Anne Corden, Tony Eardley, Rebecca Smellie with Jenny Elliot. SPRU Report to DSS, 42 pages, July 1993, DSS 1048 4.93 AC/TE/RS.
1993Family Credit: The Assessment of Income from Self Employment, Anne Corden and Rebecca Smellie. SPRU Report o DSS, 129 pages, February 1993, DSS 970 7.92 AC/RSm.
1991Maintenance Activities and the National Measurement System, JS Metcalfe and Rebecca Smellie. PREST Report to HM Government Department of Trade and Industry, 32 pages, October 1991.
1986Attitudes to New Technologies and Economic Growth, Jenny Bryan-Brown, Roger Williams, Rebecca Smellie, Roderick Martin and Julia Swann The Technical Change Centre October 1986.
1985Public Purchasing and Technical Change, Rebecca Smellie and Roger Williams. The Technical Change Centre, 65 pages, January 1985.

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