Professor Penelope Tuck

Professor Penelope Tuck

The Department of Accounting
Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy

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+44 (0)121 414 2699
+44 (0)121 414 6678
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Penelope Tuck is Professor of Accounting, Public Finance at Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham.


  • PhD (Warwick)
  • FCA
  • CTA (Fellow)
  • BSc (Exeter)


Penelope Tuck is Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy at Birmingham Business School. Prior to joining Birmingham Business School, she has held academic positions at Warwick Business School and at the Universities of Southampton and Buckingham. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Chartered Tax Advisor. She was formerly a Senior Tax Manager with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Penelope’s research areas are accounting in a public policy context, and taxation policy and practice from a social and institutional perspective. Previously Penelope was Head of the Department of Accounting and Director of Research for the Business School.


Penelope currently teaches on the following modules:

  • International Business Taxation
  • Accounting theory

Postgraduate supervision

Penelope welcomes applications from those considering pursuing a PhD in the fields of taxation and public sector management. Her preference is for PhD students who use qualitative research methods and who take a critical and reflective perspective.


Penelope’s research interests are at the boundary of accounting and organisation studies with a particular focus on taxation, and are concerned with the interplay of identity, knowledge and power, and governance in a public policy context.

Other activities

  • Council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • Member of the Research Advisory Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member of the Research Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • UK Tax Research Network- member of the Executive and Steering Group


Recent Refereed Journal Articles

P. Tuck, D. de Cogan, and J. Snape (2019), 'A tale of the merger between the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise' in Peter Harris and Dominic de Cogan (eds.), Studies in the History of Tax Law, vol. 9, Oxford: Hart, page range TBC.

M. Konovalova, R. Ormeno-Perez and P Tuck (2017) Tax Havens: the crisis of transparency, in Crisis: Tax Policy, and the Quest for Economic Growth, Springer - Palgrave.

G Currie, N Burgess and P Tuck (2016) ‘The (un)desirability of hybrid managers as ‘controlled’ professionals: Comparative cases of tax and healthcare professionals’ Journal of Professions and Organization 3(2): 142-153.

G Currie, P Tuck and K Morrell (2015) ‘How hybrid managers act as 'canny customers' to accelerate New Public Management reform: A case study of regulator-regulatee relationships in the UK’s tax agency’ Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, 28(8): 1291-1309.

Tuck, P. (2015) ‘The dynamics of ‘virtuous organizational identity: the case of regulating or enabling corporate tax compliance’, Accounting, Finance and Governance Review: 25-41. 

K Morrell and P. Tuck (2014) ‘Governance, Tax and Folk Tales’, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 39(2): 134-147.

Tuck, P. (2013), The Changing Role of Tax Governance: Remaking the Large Corporate Taxpayer into a Visible Customer Partner. British Journal of Management, 24: S116–S131.

P du Gay, Y Millo and P Tuck (2012) ‘Making government liquid: shifts in governance using financialisation as a political device’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 30(6): 1083-1099.

Refereed monograph

Oats, L. and Tuck, P. (2009) The Relationship between HM Revenue & Customs and the Large Corporate Taxpayer: the Changing Role of Accountants, Research Report for the Centre for Business Performance of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, London.

Edited Chapters

P Tuck (2012) A study of the changing relationship between large corporates and the Inland Revenue. In Taxation: A Fieldwork Research Handbook. Ed. L Oats. UK: Routledge.

L.Oats and Tuck, P. (2012) The changing role of accountants in HMRC. In Taxation: A Fieldwork Research Handbook. Ed. L Oats. UK: Routledge, Chapter 20.

L. Oats and Tuck, P. (2009) The increasing use of financial reporting specialists to secure tax compliance: A UK Study in Tax Administration: Safe Harbours, Birmingham: Fiscal Publications,

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