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Louise Gracia

Professor (Accounting)

BA(Hons) (Wales), PGDip (Swansea), PhD (Bath)


Louise joined WBS in 2004 having previously held the position of Senior Lecturer and Senior Tutor at the University of South Wales for eleven years. She also spent a number of years at Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte) within the Audit and Forensic Accounting departments. She is a former examiner for CIPFA and ACCA; an External Examiner for the University of London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her PhD, investigating transition and retention policy arising from widening access within the higher education sector, at the University of Bath in 2006. She publishes her work across a range of prestigious journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Louise is a winner of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE, 2013). She has also received an Outstanding Teaching Award, in recognition of her outstanding teaching performance on the Undergraduate Programme, each year since joining WBS. She is consistently ranked, through student evaluations, as one of the top performing lecturers within WBS. She was the inaugural University Dean of Students (2017-2020) whose remit included undertaking a review of personal tutoring across the university and, arising from the work, the development of an institutional code of practice for personal tutoring.

Louise led the 'Potential AdvantageLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window' (2018-2020) research project, funded by the Office for Students/Research England. Together with Dr Elena Riva, Louise co-developed and delivered this work which focused on the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research students. The catalyst fund Programme Evaluation undertaken by Vitae and Universities UK was published by Research England in October 2020.

Research Interests

Accounting Education; Tax Avoidance; Emotions and Learning; Academic Dishonesty.


IB124 Introduction to Financial Accounting (UGRAD); IB146 Accounting for Business (UGRAD); and IB337 Business Taxation (UGRAD)


Dean of Students (2017 to 2020); Associate Dean WBS Undergraduate Programme (2014 to 2017); Director of BSc Accounting & Finance (WBS, 2011 to 2014).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Selected Publications
  • Riva, Elena, Gracia, Louise and Limb, Rebecca (2022) Co-creation : how to find the 'super' in supervision. [Online]. ( Higher Education. Campus.
  • Elena Riva, Louise Gracia & Rebecca Limb (2022) Using co-creation to facilitate PhD supervisory relationships, Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.2021158
  • Gracia L., and Oats, L. (2014) Tax as Social and Institutional Practice. Encyclopedia of
    Management: Accounting, C. Clubb and S. Imam (Eds.).
  • Gracia, L and Oats, L, (2012), ‘Boundary-Work and Tax Regulation: A Bourdieusian View’. Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 37 (No. 5). Available online:
  • Gracia, L and Oats, L, (2012), Insights from Bourdieu. In, Taxation: A Fieldwork Handbook. Oats, L. (Ed.) Routledge: Oxon, pp.113-119. ISBN: 978-0-415-57761-8.
  • Gracia, L, (2011), Employability and higher education: Contextualising female students’ workplace experiences to enhance understanding of employability development. In, Personal Transferable Skills in Accounting Education. B, Jackling, K. Watty and R.M.S. Wilson (Eds.) Routledge: Oxon. ISBN: 978-0-415-69920-4.
  • Gracia, L, (2010), Accounting Students' Expectations and Transition Experiences of Supervised Work Experience, Accounting Education, 19(1) 51-64.
  • Gracia, L, (2009), Employability and higher education: Contextualising female students' workplace experiences to enhance understanding of employability development, Journal of Education and Work, 22(4) 301-318
  • Gracia, L, Hill, S, Jarvis, M and O'Sullivan, D, The Determinants of Participation in Physical Activity and its Effects on the Wider Economy: A Pilot Study (2005) (Externally funded by Welsh Assembly Government)
  • Gracia, L, Hill, S, Jarvis, M and O'Sullivan, D, Participation and Incident Rates in Outdoor Adventure Activities in Wales: An Analysis (2004)
  • Gracia, L and Jenkins, E, A quantitative exploration of student performance on an accounting programme of study, Accounting Education, 12 15-32 (2003)
  • Gracia, L and Jenkins, E, An exploration of student failure on an undergraduate accounting programme of study, Accounting Education, 11 93-107 (2002)
Papers under development
  • Frandsen, A-C. and Gracia, L. Reinventing undergraduate accounting education.
  • Gracia, L. and Scarparo, S. Exploring feedback with students: A ‘telling’ account?


Accounting Group
1.110 Scarman Road
Warwick Business School
University of Warwick

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