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Annemarie Conrath-Hargreaves is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Accounting and joined Monash University in 2018.

Prior to joining the Accounting Department, she worked at the European University Viadrina in Germany, where she obtained her doctoral degree. During this time, she also worked as a lecturer at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany, where she was also involved in the University's Executive Education program in Health Care Management.

Annemarie is a change-maker and sustainability advocate, who is passionate about changing the narrative of accounting through transformative learning experiences. In 2019, she received the Dean's PRME Team Award for Teaching Excellence (together with Alessandro Ghio and Nick McGuigan); in 2020 the Resilience and Agility in Teaching and Learning Award by the Department of Accounting (together with Xinning Xiao); and in 2022 she received the Dean's Award for Education Excellence for Early Career Teaching.

Research interests

In her accounting research, Annemarie focuses on the public sector and sustainability issues, with a special focus on the politics of standard-setting and the role of experts in standard setting in a national, supranational and transnational context. In particular, she studies the political economy of regulatory accounting systems, the role of transparency in the reform of accounting, and the impact citizens can have on the narrative of accounting. 

Annemarie is further interested in the usefulness of financial statement preparation and presentation in the public sector.  This research has been supported through a grant by the International Public Sector Standards Board (IPSASB), a standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). 

Her work is regularly presented at international conferences, and has been published in journals such as the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ) and Abacus.

Monash teaching commitment

Semester 2, 2022: ACX2900 - Accounting for Sustainability (Lecturer and Chief Examiner)

This unit is taught in a weekly interactive workshop following a student-centred and student-led active learning approach. Workshop activities include group and class discussions, case studies, simulation games, experiential learning, and brainstorming. The focus of this unit is to strengthen students' problem-solving and higher-level as well as critical thinking skills. 

The course is continuously updated in light of recent developments and challenges the narrative of accounting as it is traditionally taught. The aim is to enable students to prepare, map, report on and critically analyze sustainability disclosures based on real-life scenarios by moving beyond the status quo in sustainability reporting. To equip students for their role as graduates, we strive to include guest speakers who bring both investor-focused and assurance- as well as preparer-focused perspectives to the discussion.

Community service

  • Reviewer for

-  Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

- Critical Perspectives on Accounting

- British Accounting Review

- Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management

- Organization Studies

-  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

-  Australian Accounting Review

  • International Team Member of the Research Initiative for Public Sector Accounting (RIPSA), European University Viadrina, Germany
  • Scientific Committee Member of the European Accounting Association’s (EAA) Congress since 2020
  • Board Member (Treasurer) of Monash Children's Centre Co-operative since 2020


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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability Accounting
  • Politics of Standard Setting
  • Political Economy of Accounting
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Transparency
  • Third Sector Accounting
  • Impact Assessment
  • Climate change