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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 also 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 has been recognized for her excellence in teaching by changing the narrative of the role of accounting. In 2019, Annemarie was awarded the Dean's PRME Team Award for Teaching Excellence (together with Alessandro Ghio and Nick McGuigan) and in 2020 she was awarded the Resilience and Agility in Teaching and Learning Award by the Department of Accounting (together with Xinning Xiao).

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 systems and financial reporting standards employed, and the impact of reforms in the public sector at a societal and organisational level on accountability. 

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

More recently, Annemarie has taken an interest in the usefulness of financial statement preparation and presentation in the public sector. While one part of this research focuses on most useful measurement basis in the public sector context (fair value vs historical cost), another part focuses on how financial statements are best provided to the users (i.e., service recipients, resource providers, and the legislature) of these statements in the public sector. The latter 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). 

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

-  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
  • Member of the Academic Progress Committee (APC) at Monash Business School since 2018
  • Board Member (Treasurer) of Monash Children's Centre Co-operative since 2020


Research area keywords

  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Politics of Standard Setting
  • Political Economy of Accounting
  • Accounting History
  • Transparency
  • Third Sector Accounting
  • Hybridity


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