Alisdair Dobie is Professor of Accounting at Edge Hill University and previously lectured at Newcastle University, the University of the West of Scotland and Stirling University. He read History at Edinburgh University before working for a major Scottish investment trust and qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with one of the big four accounting firms. He completed his PhD at Durham University where he worked on one of the most significant collections of medieval accounting material to be found in Europe.
He has published work in Accounting Business and Financial History (where his first paper was awarded the prize for best article of the year), Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting History Review, British Accounting Review and Scottish Business and Industrial History and written a monograph Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory: Management and Control of a Major Ecclesiastical Corporation 1083-1540 (published by Palgrave Macmillan in their History of Finance series). His current teaching comprises: ACC1019 (Introduction to Management Accounting). Formerly he has taught on ACC2019 (Financial Reporting and Analysis), ACC2023 (Research Methods), ACC2024 (Computerized Accounting Information Systems), ACC3010 (Advanced Financial Reporting & Analysis), ACC3011 (Advanced Management Accounting), ACC3012 (Auditing & Assurance), ACC3015 (Dissertation) BUS3027 (Strategic Financial Management) and BUS4523 (Business Planning and Financial Management), and HUM4059 (Research Methods for Historians).
Alisdair is a memeber of the executive committee of the Accounting History Special Interest Group of the British Finance and Accounting Association which organizes regular on-line seminars and workshops.
Alisdair has worked closely with Professor Cheryl McWatters of Ottawa University (and editor of the Accounting History Review journal to host the annual AHR Conference at Edge Hill University in 2019, 2021 (on-line), 2022 and 2024.
Alisdair is a member of the editorial board of Accounting History Review.
My research interests include all aspects of accounting and financial history from ancient times to the present day and business ethics. In particular my focus is on medieval accounting and finance and accounting within religious organizations. My work involves detailed analysis of original source documents in Latin and Byzantine Greek.