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Assoc. Prof. Sheila Killian


Professor Sheila Killian is section co-editor of the Journal of Business Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting, Finance & Governance Review; Accounting Forum 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, 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 KBSCurrent 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.)

Teaching Interests

Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Finance
Social Media for Social Good

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)


Book Chapter


Young and Unlimited, Realising Talent: Kemmy Business School's programmes with local schools
Hynes, B., Kinsella, S. and Killian, S
Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME (UK and Ireland)

Conference Publication


PRME UK & Ireland 6th Annual Conference
Killian S.;Lannon J.;Murray L.;Avram G.;Giralt M.;O'Riordan S.


Learning, Teaching & Student Experience 2016
Lannon, J; Killian, S; Murray, L


Critical Perspectives on Accounting
Lannon, J; Killian, S


Irish Accounting & Finance Association, 18th Annual Conference,
Stapleton, M., Lenihan, H. and Killian, S.


4th International Conference on Social Responsibility
Stapleton, M., Lenihan, H., Killian, S. and O'Sullivan, B

Peer Reviewed Journal


Social Media for Social Good: Student engagement for the SDGs
Killian S.;Lannon J.;Murray L.;Avram G.;Giralt M.;O'Riordan S.
The International Journal of Management Education DOI: 10.1016/j.ijme.2019.100307