Dr Sarah Adams

PhD (University of New South Wales), BCom (H1)/ B.Arts (University of New South Wales)
ANU College of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainability Accounting And Reporting 150106
  • Accounting Theory And Standards 150101
  • Auditing And Accountability 150102
  • Management Accounting 150105
  • Accounting, Auditing And Accountability Not Elsewhere Classified 150199

Research interests

  • Identification, measurement, and reporting on social impact
  • Social purpose organisations (not-for-profit and social enterprise)
  • Social investment and social finance (including social impact bonds)
  • Regulation and standard-setting of non-financial disclosure
  • Integrated reporting, corporate responsibility and accountability



Sarah Adams is Lecturer in the Research School of Accounting at the ANU. Prior to commencing at ANU, Sarah was a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and completed her PhD examining the production of social impact accounts by not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises. For her studies, Sarah was awarded a Centre for Social Impact PhD Scholarship, as well as a PhD Completion Award for Research Excellence.

She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Western Australia and the University of Oxford. Her research interest in social impact, accountability and social enterprise was motivated by her five year experience working as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Impact, where she worked on a range of applied research projects in collaboration with a variety of government, not-for-profit and industry partners. Sarah recently was awarded the Best Overall Paper award at the 2016 A-CSEAR Conference.


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