Professor Kathryn Haynes Dean of HUBS UNI_4493

Professor Kathryn Haynes

Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

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Professor Haynes is widely known for her research on gender issues in relation to the professions, especially accounting.

Her work has been highly influential in understanding how professional identities are formed and maintained and how women’s careers are enacted.

As a chartered accountant, Professor Haynes is interested in the role of accounting in society in relation to social responsibility and sustainability.

Her role as Dean at the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics is underpinned by these research interests for the benefit of students and the University as a whole in terms of ethical and responsible education and gender equality.


Research Interests

Gender and diversity in relation to the professions, particularly accounting

  • Identity and its relationship with gender
  • The body and embodiment within organisations
  • The juxtaposition of professional and personal identities
  • The conduct of the professions and professional services firms

Corporate social responsibility

  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Sustainability and responsibility
  • Issues of governance and accountability

Reflexive research methodologies

  • Autoethnography, oral history, narrative and ethnography

Research groups

Professor Haynes is principal investigator on an ESRC seminar series on Architects for a Better World: Business School Responses to the Post 2015 Business Engagement Architecture. This project examines the role of business and education in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

During 2008 to 2011, she was Lead Fellow of the Services Cohort of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM), funded by a research grant from the ESRC.

She was principal investigator on an ESRC-funded research project into Professional Identity Formation and Professional Services Firms.


Haynes, K. 'Accounting as Gendering and Gendered: a Review of 25 years of Critical Accounting Research on Gender', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 43, pp. 110-124, (invited paper for 25-year anniversary issue).

Coulson, A. B., Adams, C. A., Nugent, M. N. and Haynes, K. (2015), 'Exploring Metaphors of Capitals and the Framing of Multiple Capitals: Challenges and Opportunities for < IR >', Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 290-314.

Murray, A. Skene, K. and Haynes, K. (2015), 'The Circular Economy: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Concept and Application in a Global Context', Journal of Business Ethics. vol. 140: 3, pp. 369-380, doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2693-2

Haynes, K. (2013) ‘Sexuality and Sexual Symbolism as Processes of Gendered Identity Formation: An Autoethnography of an Accounting Firm’, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 374 – 398.

Haynes, K. (2012), 'Body Beautiful?: Gender, Work and the Body in Professional Services Firms', Gender, Work and Organization, vol 19: 5, pp.489 - 507, in special issue on Professional Services Firms.


Research PhDs

Professor Haynes welcomes applications from students on any aspects of gender, social responsibility and sustainability, especially in relation to professions or accounting.

She is particularly interested in supervising PhD projects which use qualitative methodologies, reflexive approaches, autoethnography or oral history.

Completed PhDs 

Professor Haynes has examined a number of PhD students and has supervised the following PhD students to completion:

Kathie Ross - Newcastle University Business School – (June 2016), Continuing Professional Development Experiences and Identity Influences of Women Professional Accountants in Canada

Victoria Pagan – Newcastle University Business School PhD (Santander scholarship) – March 2016,
Sustainability in an Era of Crisis: How Other Worlds Emerge

Thomas Cuckston – Newcastle University Business School PhD (ESRC scholarship) – September 2013,
Financial Accounting Calculation in Relation to Nature

Josie McLaren – Newcastle University Business School (with Warwick Funnel) - June 2012, Economic Value Added (EVA) in New Zealand Companies

Walter Mkumbuzi – second supervisor with Prof. Steven Toms, University of York - 2008, The Influence of Intellectual Capital Investment, Risk, Industry Membership and Corporate Governance on the Voluntary Disclosure of Intellectual Capital by UK Listed Companies


Teaching awards and accolades

PGCE King's College, University of London

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Queen Mary University of London

  • PGCE King's College, University of London

  • MA Accounting and Finance, Leeds Metropolitan University

  • PhD Accounting, University of St Andrews

  • FCA Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

External roles

Professor Haynes is a Co-facilitator of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Gender Equality Working Group, and a member of the PRME Advisory Committee.

She is also a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Partnerships and collaborations

Professor Haynes has served as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews and Gender, Work and Organisation and is a member of several editorial boards of international journals including Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Professor Haynes joined the University of Hull as Dean of Faculty in February 2016. During her academic career she has also held the posts of lecturer and senior lecturer in accounting at the University of York, then reader at Aston Business School before being appointed to the Northern Society Chair in Accounting and Finance at Newcastle University Business School, where she held the post of Director of Research before being appointed Deputy Director of the school.

Awards and accolades

Haynes, K & Murray, A. (2015), 'Integrating Gender into Debates Around ‘Capitals’: a Bourdieusian Interpretation of Sustainable Business', best development paper award, Gender in Management track, British Academy of Management conference.

Murray, A. Haynes, K. & Hudson, L.J. (2010), 'Collaborating to Achieve Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability?: Possibilities and Problems', Sustainability, Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 1: 2, pp. 161 – 177, Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011.