Stephen Taylor


Stephen Taylor graduated with BCom honours in Commerce from the UNSW and MEc honours at Macquarie University before returning to the UNSW to complete his PhD. He was appointed to a Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney in 1995, where he served as Academic Director of the Accounting Foundation. Stephen moved to the UNSW as Professor of Accounting where he also served as Acting Associate Dean (Research). He is currently Distinguished Professor of Accounting in the Business School at the University of Technology Sydney having previously served as Head of the School of Accounting and Associate Dean-Research.  Stephen has also had visiting professorships at the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan and Victoria University (Wellington). From 2002 to 2008 Stephen helped to establish the research program of the Capital Markets Co-Operative Research Centre leading a program directed towards the identification and measurement of accounting manipulation and ultimately, fraudulent financial reporting. Stephen has also been closely involved in the establishment of the Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific, the Financial Integrity Research Network and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation.   In May 2017 Stephen Taylor was appointed as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.  Stephen’s teaching and research covers financial reporting and valuation. He has wide experience teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, especially in the areas of accounting-based valuation models, investment analysis and financial reporting.  He has supervised twenty PhDs to completion. Stephen Taylor’s research has focused on the economics of auditing, capital markets and information, and the links between governance mechanisms and the quality of accounting information.   He has built a comprehensive body of Australian-centred work focused on the attributes of Australian accounting and assurance and has significantly advanced our knowledge of the efficient functioning of Australian capital markets and the accounting and auditing practices of Australian firms. His research has been published in many top-tier international journals. His co-authored 1995 Journal of Accounting and Economics paper (with Allan Craswell and Jere Francis) is one of the most highly cited auditing research papers and the founding work in the auditor specialisation field.  Stephen is currently a Senior Editor of The International Journal of Accounting and Editor, International Journal of Accounting Research. He has served as Associate Editor of Accounting Horizons and as a member of editorial boards of several leading journals.  Stephen has received many large Australian Research Council grants and has served the Council as an expert assessor and peer reviewer. He has also served on the Research Quality Framework assessment panel and the Research Evaluation Committee for the Excellence in Research in Australia assessment exercise in the Economics and Business field. Stephen is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and, in 2020 delivered the CPA Australia Research Lecture at the University of Melbourne.  In 2017 Stephen Taylor was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame honours Stephen Leslie Taylor as a scholar, thinker, educator and university administrator of the highest order.