Dr Annette Quayle

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Chief Investigator

Senior Lecturer (QUT Business School, Accountancy) | Doctor of Philosophy (University of Warwick), Master of Commerce (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (University of New England)

My research focuses on public governance problems at the intersection of politics and society. I’m looking for ways to improve how the public sector, often in collaboration with the private and non-profit sectors, govern and manage complex problems such as climate change, refugees, fraud and corruption. By focusing on the role accounting as a mentality of governing, my scholarship seeks to advance theoretical understandings of accounting as a socio-political tool accountability and transparency.

My area of management accounting focuses on the structures and controls we build around people that try to govern and control their behaviour. Working with BEST, we can develop these further through the tools and techniques of behavioural economics.

Currently I’m working with BEST to understand if the $ amount of government spending announcements influences voter choice in elections.

Other research projects I’m working on include improving governance, integrity and financial accountability in local government (Colin Brain Fellowship), and promoting transparency in government spending decisions in the time of COVID-19.

My research seeks to understand the complexities of these  problems from the inside and so I’ve taken up a secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Canberra) and I am currently an independent member of a local government audit and risk committee (Ipswich City Council).