Lee Parker


Lee Parker’s academic career has been prodigious, spanning in excess of 45 years, and continues with fractional appointments as a Distinguished Professor of Accounting at RMIT and Research Professor of Accounting at Glasgow. Lee Parker’s work has been underpinned by degrees in Economics from Adelaide, Master of Philosophy from the University of Dundee and PhD from Monash. As an early researcher in the interdisciplinary accounting movement, he has developed a reputation for prominent leadership of key developments within this community. He is the foundation joint editor of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal - a leading international journal now in its 32nd year of continuous publication. Lee Parker’s academic and strategic leadership inspired the establishment in 1995 of the triennial “Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference” and in 2001 the APIRA Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium. He was also a founding member of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research at St Andrews and in 2008 founded and developed the “Qualitative Research in Accounting and Business Colloquium” at South Australia. The Colloquium moved to RMIT in 2014 and has since transformed into the “European Colloquium on Qualitative  Research Methods in Business and Accounting” as the premier interdisciplinary emerging scholar development event globally. Lee Parker is a prolific global qualitative, interdisciplinary research specialist based in Australia as evidenced by in excess of 250 books, book chapters, professional journal articles and publications in almost all of the leading international accounting journals. He has well-honed skills for mentoring emerging scholars in developing their research ideas, proposals and papers and has mentored many emerging academics during many university appointments. He has a long record of supervising higher degree by research students having supervised 19 PhD and six Masters students to completion. Active contributions in voluntary capacities to a number of  professional and academic accounting associations include CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Australian Institute of Management, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Academy of Accounting Historians and American Accounting Association. As a long-time member of each association Lee Parker has served with distinction at committee and board level in each and has held senior leadership roles in all. Since 1980, Lee Parker has also held board and committee memberships and been a strategy consultant for a number of nonprofit organisations in the education, health, religious, social welfare and other sectors. In these capacities he has developed extensive “town and gown” links. Lee Parker has received many awards and honours, including multiple journal best paper awards, the Academy of Accounting Historians Hourglass Award for "significant contribution to knowledge through research and publishing in accounting history over a sustained period of time” and, in 2016, was honoured as Distinguished Professor at RMIT. He is a member of the Australian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Hall of Fame in recognition of his many of years distinguished contributions to the field.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame honours Lee Parker as an eminent scholar, theorist, educator and office-holder of the highest order.