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Personal Statement

Dr Julia Smith started her academic career in the Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm (CRIEFF), Department of Economics, University of St Andrews, in 1993, as a Research Assistant, Associate then Fellow. She worked on a number of research projects under the guidance of the Director of CRIEFF, Professor Gavin C Reid. She then went on to a Postdoctoral Research appointment with Professor James Foreman-Peck, at the Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, where she was also a member of St Antony's College. From there, Dr Smith moved to Cardiff Business School, University of Wales Cardiff, where she was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in the Accounting & Finance Division. She has been a Reader in Accounting & Finance at the University of Strathclyde since 2006.

Dr Smith's research interests are in the area of management accounting, venture capital, and small business. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects with academics in accounting, finance and economics. Her current research covers work on management accounting in SMEs, venture capital decisions in high-technology investments, and entrepreneurial orientation in social enterprises. She has recently been funded by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme DEA scheme (Paris) for visiting scholars, to develop research collaborations in France. She has also been awarded $13,850 from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), New Jersey, for a project on 'Making the case for business investment'.

Dr Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), A Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and was a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA, 2000-23), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching interests are in management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. Until March 2022 she was Director of Research for Accounting & Finance at Strathclyde, and on the Faculty and University Research Committees.

She was recently on research leave as an academic visitor at the University of Angers and Visiting Professor at ESSCA School of Management in Angers, France.

Teaching Interests

Dr Smith's teaching interests are in: management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. She is currently Director of Honours Accounting and Director of PhD applications in Accounting at Strathclyde.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Small Business Strategy: an empirical analysis of the experience of new Scottish firms, University of Abertay

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Bachelor of Commerce, BCom Business Studies & French, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

External positions

External Examiner, University of Dundee, University of Dundee

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2019

External Examiner, University of Bristol

31 Aug 2001 → …


  • Management accounting
  • Venture capital
  • Small business
  • Accounting information systems
  • Social enterprise
  • Financial reporting


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