Professor Anne-Marie Ward

Professor of Accounting

Department of Acc, Finance & Economics

Belfast campus

Room BC-09-213,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Business and Management Research

Professor of Accounting

Professor Anne-Marie Ward



  • PhD in Accounting and Finance, Queen's University Belfast (2005)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Ulster (2000)
  • Irish Chartered Accountant Professional Examinations, First in Northern Ireland (Fifth in Ireland) (1995)
  • MAcc in Accounting, Queens University at Belfast (1993)
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting, University of Ulster, First class honours (1992)

Research Interests

Professor Ward’s main research interest is the social economy and financial inclusion, in particular the governance and performance of non-profit, member-owned, cooperative credit unions.

She has contributed substantially to the literature in this area and is regarded as one of the leading academics on the subject.

Professor Ward has been involved in six successful grant projects worth a total of over £200,000 and is the author of over 100 publications including academic articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Social Economic Review, Studies in Higher Education, Accounting Forum, Financial Accountability and Management and British Accounting Review.

She has also authored policy research reports and chapters in peer-reviewed research texts or encyclopaedias.

In recent years, Professor Ward has widened her research interests and is currently working on research projects in the areas of Northern Ireland’s 10X economy, doctoral education, sustainability and gender.


Professor Ward teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level on the subject area of financial management, as well as providing supervision for several doctoral students.

She taught professional courses for Chartered Accountants Ireland for 15 years. Professor Ward is regarded as one of the leading (co)authors of academic accounting textbooks, including Finance Theory and Practice (4 editions), Introduction to Financial Accounting (10 editions), Financial Accounting and Reporting: An International Approach and An Introduction to Personal Finance (4 editions).

Her textbooks are adopted in over 40 institutions in the UK and Ireland and also have international adoptions in China, Malaysia and mainland Europe.