Dr James Brackley

Dr James Brackley

The Department of Accounting
Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

James Brackley is a Lecturer in Accounting specialising in Audit, Financial Reporting, and Public Sector Accounting. He is the Education Lead for the Department of Accounting, leading on digital pedagogy and the development of hybrid and bimodal delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic. James’ PhD project was on the transfer of Public Health to Local Authorities following the 2012 Health and Social Care Act,and his other research interests include Science and Technology Studies based theorisations of how things are made valuable in public life via accounting representations. James leads the Critical Accounting Reading Group (CARG), who meet regularly each term to discuss the latest theoretical developments in the accounting field. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Birmingham (2022)
  • MSc in Mathematics, University of Bristol (2008)

Biography

James Brackley is a Lecturer in Accounting specialising in Audit, Financial Reporting, and Public Sector Accounting. Prior to lecturing James worked as a Senior Associate for PwC. James’ PhD project was on the transfer of Public Health to Local Authorities following the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and his other research interests include Science and Technology Studies based theorisations of how things are made valuable in public life via accounting representations. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham James was a Lecturer at Coventry University, and is also an active member of UCU holding various roles in recent years including Branch President and Branch Secretary for Birmingham UCU and the West Midlands Regional HE Secretary.

Teaching

  • Public Sector Accounting and Governance (BSc Accounting and Finance)
  • Audit and Assurance (BSc Accounting and Finance; MSc International Accounting and Finance)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (MSc Investments; MSc Financial Management; MSc International Accounting and Finance)
  • Dissertation Supervision: topics relating to the Public Sector, Audit, the Accounting profession, Financial Reporting

Research

James’ PhD project was on the transfer of Public Health to Local Authorities following the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and the questions of value, accountability, and professional identity of public sector professionals in a new organisational context. He is involved in research projects on Accounting Education, Ethics, and the Accounting profession. He has also written on financial sustainability in the Higher Education sector. He draws theoretical inspiration from Science and Technology Studies, in particular Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour, and others. He also leads the Critical Accounting Reading Group (CARG), who meet regularly each term to discuss the latest developments in the Accounting field.

Publications

Publications:

Brackley, J., Tuck, P. and Exworthy, M. (2021), "Public health interventions in English local authorities: constructing the facts, (re)imagining the future", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 34 No. 7, pp. 1664-1691. Open Access: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/AAAJ-11-2019-4278/full/html

Blogs: 

Brackley, J. (2022) “USS Unis See £3.5bn Surplus Boost While Cutting 2,600 Jobs”, Beyond Education, February. Available at: https://beyond-education.co.uk/ussstrike-uss-unis-see-3-5bn-surplus-boost-while-cutting-2600-jobs/

Brackley, J. (2020) “Institutions at risk due to Covid-19: a tool kit for members and negotiators”, USS Briefs, May. Available at:https://medium.com/ussbriefs/institutions-most-at-risk-due-to-covid-19-a-tool-kit-for-members-and-negotiators-5829a7c2ae2d

Brackley, J. (2020) “Analysis of University of Birmingham annual accounts 2018/19”, Birmingham UCU, February. Available at:https://birminghamucu.org/2020/02/03/analysis-of-university-of-birmingham-annual-accounts-reveals-misleading-115-4m-deficit-and-soaring-pay-at-the-top/

Brackley, J., (2016) “Everything is public health: opportunity or threat for local public health professionals?”, The 21st Century Public Servant, May. Available at:https://21stcenturypublicservant.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/everything-is-public-health-opportunity-or-threat-for-local-public-health-professionals/

Brackley, J., (2015) “The public health professional: Finding a voice”, The 21st Century Public Servant, April. Available at:https://21stcenturypublicservant.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/the-public-health-professional-finding-a-voice/