Geoffrey Burrows


Phone number +61 3 8344 2162


Prior to joining the University in 1971, Geoff worked variously as a secondary teacher, budgetary control officer and lecturer at Prahran College of Advanced Education (now Deakin University). During 30 years on the full-time staff at Melbourne he headed the Department of Accounting and Business Law (predecessor to the current Accounting Department) during 1987-90 and was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics during 1993-96. His research interests encompass accounting history, financial analysis and the sugar industry. He has also consulted extensively to a range of private and public-sector entities, principally in the road and air transport and sugar industries. Since retiring from full-time academic life in 2001 Geoff has remained active as researcher, consultant and commissioned historian.



Burrows, Geoffrey H., 2013, MEMORIAL – Gordon Shillinglaw: Economist, Consultant, and Management Accounting Scholar, Accounting Horizons 27(3): 647–658.


Burrows GH & Chenhall RH. 2012. Target costing: first and second comings. Accounting History Review. 22 (2) :  127-142.


Burrows, Geoff, & Cobbin, Phillip, Budgetary and Financial Discontinuities: Iraq 1920?32, Accounting History Review, 21: 247?62 (Nov. 2011)


Cobbin, PE & Burrows, GH, 2010, The British Navy's 1888 Budgetary Reforms, Accounting History, 15(2): 153-172.


Burrows, Geoff & Cobbin, Phillip, 2009, Controlling government expenditure by external review: the 1921-2 "Geddes Axe", Accounting History, 14: 199-220.


Burrows, Geoff, 2008, Wisdom From the Podium: A History of the CPA Australia University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture, Melbourne University Publishing, xviii + 260 pp.


Burrows, Geoff, 2006, Promise Fulfilled: The History of the Accounting Discipline at the University of Melbourne 1924-2004, Melbourne, Melbourne University Publishing, xiii + 282 pp.


Brown, Christine & Burrows, Geoff, 2003, Physical Asset Management: Some Practical and Theoretical Perspectives, Australian Accounting Review, 13: 57-65.

Davis, K.T., & Burrows, G.H., 2003, Protecting Employee Entitlements, Australian Economic Review 36: 173-80.


Burrows, Geoff, 2002, The Interface of Race and Accounting: a Comment and an Extension, Accounting History, NS 7: 101-13.


Burrows, G.H., Brown, C.A., Thom. T.W., King, J.M.C. & Frearson, J., 2001, Real-Time Cost Management of Aircraft Operations, Management Accounting Research, 12: 281-98


Burrows, G.H., & Syme, B., 2000, Zero-Base Budgeting: Origins and Pioneers, Abacus, 36: 226-41.


Burrows, Geoff, & Black, Christopher, 1998, Profit Sharing in Australian Big 6 Accounting Firms: An Exploratory Study, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 23:517-30.

Burrows, G.H., Regulations and Efficiency: Pricing Sugar Cane in Queensland, International Sugar Journal, 100: 293-8.


Goldberg, L. & Burrows, G.H., 1997, Entry on Fitzgerald, Adolf Alexander and Garrett Ernest, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 14: 173-5.


Burrows, G.H., 1996, The Foundation: A History of the Australian Accounting Research Foundation 1966-91, Melbourne, Australian Accounting Research Foundation, 221 pp.


Burrows, Geoff & Morton, Clive, 1986, The Canecutters, Melbourne University Press, xvi + 304 pp.


2008 Academy of Accounting Historians Hourglass Award for contributions to accounting history.

1986 Fellowship of Australian Writers' Award for best local history (The Canecutters).

Research interests