Deryl Northcott


Professor of Management Accounting 
Business School

While studying for a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University, it struck Professor Deryl Northcott that her skills and interests would be ideally suited to a career as an academic. Upon completion of her Honours degree, she accepted an offer as Junior Lecturer in Accounting at Waikato University, and completed a PhD on the uses of accounting in capital investment decision-making. Over the next few years she then progressed through the teaching ranks, first to Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer.

Professor Northcott was then offered an opportunity to relocate to the UK and lecture in Management Accounting. She remained there for six years, and was inspired by the amount of interaction between the English universities. Since returning to New Zealand, she has worked hard to develop and maintain similar connections with universities throughout New Zealand, as well as overseas. As a result, she was invited (twice) to be a keynote speaker at the European Accounting Association Conference – making her the first academic to ever represent New Zealand at this international event – a major highlight of her career to date.

Professor Northcott now lives in Hamilton with her family and commutes up to Auckland each week for her role as Professor of Management Accounting at AUT. It’s a role she has dedicated the past 10 years to, making her the longest serving Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at AUT.

As an academic, she values the importance of practical research and the provision of an education that is applied, relevant and contemporary. Most recently her research has focused on public sector costing and performance management – research she has been invited to present to healthcare managers and policy-makers.

She has won international research grants from The British Academy, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is currently a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants PhD Scholarships Advisory Committee and, until recently, was a Director of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Northcott has also authored over 50 academic papers. She is editor of the international journal Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management and an editorial board member for several other international journals and publishing houses. She was a co-editor of the third edition of Issues in Management Accounting and her earlier book, Capital Investment Decision-Making, has been published in four languages.

Professor Deryl Northcott’s extended academic profile