Dr Sharron O'Neill is Deputy Head of School (Research) and Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.
Sharron's research examines the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for operational decision-making, governance and accountability. She has particular expertise in non-financial indicators of work health and safety (WHS) and advises government, investors and industry (executives and Boards) on WHS performance measurement and reporting. Sharron leads collaborative research projects that bring the accounting and safety professions together with industry, government and academia and has been chief investigator on funded research projects totalling over $1,656,200 and has published her research in publications including journal articles, industry research reports and media and delivered keynote and invited conference presentations at more than 70 academic and industry conferences in Australian and Internationally.
Sharron's research has contributed to global policy debate and reform on the measurement and reporting of WHS performance through roles including Chair of the Global Reporting Initiative's international GRI403 project working group, the Queensland Government's safety leadership expert reference group (2018), the ACT Government's Work Safety Council (ministerial appointee 2017-2019) and the evaluation working group of the National Mental Health Commission's National Workplace Initiative.
Sharron currently teaches introductory financial and management accounting at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and the postgraduate elective, leadership of safe and healthy work. She has previously taught advanced accounting, accounting theory, research methods and issues in corporate social responsibility. Her academic research and teaching is underpinned by financial accounting industry experience gained in manufacturing, transport and healthcare sectors, as well as academic and professional accounting qualifications and a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS). Sharron is a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA).
Expertise: developing performance indicators to support WHS due diligence; performance management, governance and assurance of WHS and other employment relations issues.
Research income for funded research projects on which Sharron is/was lead or chief investigator since 2012 exceeds $1,656,200.
This includes $961,700 in research funding for projects 2019-2022.
Current funded research projects include,
Funded research projects completed:
2014: Faculty of Business & Economics Research Impact Excellence Award. Macquarie University.
2014: Vice Chancellors Research Excellence Award (FBE) - Highly Commended. Macquarie University.
2014: United Nations - Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Academic-Investor network conference, Best Paper Award - Highly commended.
2004: College of Law and Business, Individual Teaching Excellence Award. Western Sydney University.
2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, Highly Commended. Western Sydney University.
University service award:
2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards – Excellence in Social Justice, Commended. Western Sydney University.
>70 speaking engagements for the accounting profession, WHS profession, industry and Government
My Research Supervision
Current: 2 PhD students
Completions: 4 PhD students, 1 MPhil student
Examinations: 1 MCom(hons) thesis and 3 PhD theses.
ZBUS8108: Accounting and Financial Management
ZBUS8114: Leadership of Safe and Healthy Work
Measuring and Reporting on Work Health and Safety