Professor Sheila Killian is section co-editor of the Journal of Business Ethics, and associate editor of Accounting Forum. She serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting, Finance & Governance Review; and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Her research is mainly qualitative, and addresses issues of social sustainability, accountability and the common good, with a focus on professional expertise, social justice, tax policy and business school education. See

Sheila teaches corporate finance and corporate social responsibility, mainly at postgraduate level. She has also taught these subjects at Aalto University in Finland, and at University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University in South Africa.

She is currently Director, Principles for Responsible Management Education
at the Kemmy Business School. Her past roles include Assistant Dean, Research; Head of Department; Course Director; and Head of AACSB Accreditation. Prior to joining the University of Limerick, She worked as a tax advisor with Arthur Andersen, KPMG and Ernst & Young, and in airfinance and educational software development. Her primary degree is in Maths, from NUI Galway. She holds a masters in Business Studies from UCC, and a PhD in Taxation from UCD. She also has qualifications in international teaching from IMD, and in CSR from the ILO and Boston College. Professionally, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as an associate of the Institute of Taxation of Ireland. She has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, and is the author of Corporate Social Responsibility: a Guide with Irish Experiences.


Research Interests

Sheila Killian's research is loacted within the ARC Accountability Research Cluster at the KBS< and centres on issues of the public interest, fairness and the common good as they intersect with business and financial public policy. This takes in work on accountability and sustainability, corporate responsibility, and the impact of "expert" power. Current research projects underway include:

the role of tax professional experts in the wider tax ecosystem
- responsibility and sustainability in management education
- new media and social reporting
- the role of regulation and soft law in influencing environmental outcomes
- the role of financial expertise in society, and its relationship with the state
- professionalisation and the emergence of professions
- ethics and spirituality in financial contexts
- taxation and social enterprise
- accounting and the sustainable development goals
- accountability and accounting technologies in non-financial settings

She has published one book, five commissioned reports, nine book chapters and peer-reviewed articles is the following journals:
(Accounting, Organizations & Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Journal of Social Entrepreneurship; Trocaire Development Review; e-Journal of Taxation Research; The Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences; Accountancy Business and the Public Interest; Irish Business Journal; Journal of Legal Tax Research; Social Responsibility Journal, Journal Of Accounting, Ethics And Public Policy.)

Professional Activities


  • 2011 - Dark Side teaching case competition (finalist)
  • 2005 - UL Award for Excellence in Service to the Community


  • 2009 University of Limerick - Head of Department of Accounting & Finance
  • 2005 Helsinki School of Economics - Visiting professor
  • 2004 Rhodes University, South Africa - Visiting academic
  • 2003 University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - Visiting Academic
  • 1991 Ernst & Young, Limerick - Senior Tax Consultant
  • 1989 KPMG, Limerick. - Tax Senior
  • 1987 Arthur Andersen & Co., Dublin - Tax Senior
  • 1986 IACO, Shannon - Leasing analyst
  • 1985 School Software Ltd., Limerick - Software packages wriiter
  • 1984 De Beers Industrial Diamond Div (IRL), Shannon - CPO Design Programmer


  • 1992 Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland


  • Chair of Soweto Connection (Registered charity working with South African township communities)

Peer Reviewed Journals


Critical perspectives on taxation

Rebecca Boden, Sheila Killian, Emer Mulligan and Lynne Oates (2010) Critical perspectives on taxation. Critical Perspectives On Accounting


Book Chapters


The Kindness of Librarians

Sheila Killian (2023) The Kindness of Librarians. Dublin : Merrion Press Dreams: 50 years of creativity, culture and community at the University of Limerick


Tax Experts' Response to Regulatory and Institutional Triggers

Killian, S., O'Regan, P., Lynch, R. and Laheen, M. (2021) Tax Experts' Response to Regulatory and Institutional Triggers. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators Bringing Tax Money Back into the COFFERS :215-235


Taxing Thoughts

Sheila Killian (2015) Taxing Thoughts. Margate : Commonwealth Publishing The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society


Shell in Ireland: A community destroyed

Killian S.;O'Donnell F. (2013) Shell in Ireland: A community destroyed. Sheffield : Greenleaf The Dark Side 2: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business :10-22

Edited Books

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Other Journals


The Gender Diversity Dividend

Sheila Killian, Philip O' Regan, Ruth Lynch, Martin Laheen (2019) The Gender Diversity Dividend. Dublin : CPA Ireland Accountancy Plus :26-27

Conference Publications

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Published Reports


An Audit of Irish Debt

Sheila Killian, John Garvey, Frances Shaw (2011) An Audit of Irish Debt. Dublin : Unite :1-35


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