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Dr. Zhifeng Chen BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FCCA

Lecturer in Accounting

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Zhifeng joined the Southampton Business School in 2020 from the University of the West of England.  She holds a PhD in Management (University of Bath), a MSc in Accounting and Finance (University of Birmingham) and a BSc in Accounting (Fudan University, China). 

Zhifeng is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with 15-year professional experiences in various industries.  She worked as a financial accountant in Coca-Cola (China) and Nortel Network UK, a management accountant in Michael Page (Holding) with key responsibilities including budget preparation, annual return, consolidations. These industrial experiences inspired her research interests and topics.

Her work is cross-disciplinary by nature, characterized by the use of psychological theories and experimentation to gain insights into fundamental social and accounting issues. In particular, her research focuses on social and environmental disclosure, stakeholders’ decision- making, and CSR. Her work has been published in top journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly and Annals of Tourism Research.  Zhifeng regularly attends and presents paper in the conferences.

Zhifeng is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK. Her teaching interests are in Financial accounting and Management accounting, having taught undergraduates and postgraduates level.  She also supervised UG and PG dissertations for various topics.


FHEA - 2018

PhD (University of Bath) – 2018

FCCA - 2017

Research interests

  • Social and environmental accounting, with a particular focus on social and environmental disclosure in social media
  • Organizational hypocrisy and moral licensing
  • The relation between accounting information/disclosures/CSR and stakeholders’ judgement/decision-making

Research group

Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance

Module leader for Financial accounting 2 (UG) and Financial accounting 1 (PG).

Dr. Zhifeng Chen
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2

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