Ron joined the Birmingham Business School on 1st March, 2012. He is currently Head of the department of Accounting and Finance. Ron is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. His research interests include the regulation of public sector accounting; public sector governance, audit and accountability; the private finance initiative and other forms of public partnership collaboration.
Ron gave his Inaugural Lecture on 30th October 2013, entitled 'Accounting for the Private Finance Initiative: Birth, Growth, Death and Resurrection’; download the pdf.
Ron has held a number of positions in organisations related to his research interests. His current roles include being:
Previous external roles have included honorary treasurer and a trustee of the British Accounting and Finance Association (2010-2012) and an independent director of Gedling Homes. He was a member of the National Audit Office expert panel for its inquiry into PFI in social housing in 2010 and acting as a special advisor to the Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons for its inquiry into the audit and inspection of local government in 2011.
Ron presented at ACCA’s 5th International Public Sector Conference: Financial Reporting for an Open World on 5th December 2013. You can watch his presentation below, starting at 3:25.
A selection of recent publications
Hodges, R and Grubnic, S. (2010), Local Authority E-Government Partnerships: A Case Study, Financial Accountability and Management, 26(1): 42-64.
Currie, G., Grubnic, S and Hodges, R. (2011), Leadership in Public Services Networks: antecedents, processes and outcome, Public Administration, 89(2): 242-264.
Hodges, R. (2012), Joined-up Government and the Challenges to Accounting and Accountability Researchers, Financial Accountability and Management, 28(1): 26-51.
Hodges, R. and Mellett, H. (2012), The U.K. Private Finance Initiative: An Accounting Retrospective, British Accounting Review, 44(4), 235-247.
Hodges, R (2013), Accountability and Accounting for PPPs, chapter 18, forthcoming in de Vries, P and Yehoue, E. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Public Private Partnerships, (Routledge, Washington DC).
Abu Hasan, H., Frecknall Hughes, J., Heald, D., and Hodges, R. (2013), Auditee Perceptions of External Evaluations of the Use of Resources by Local Authorities, Financial Accountability and Management, 29(3): 291-326.