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Professor Trevor Boyns

Professor Trevor Boyns

Professor of Accounting and Business History

Cardiff Business School

Email:
boyns@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5576
Location:
E34, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Trevor graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class degree in Mathematics and Economics in 1974 and gained his PhD in econometric history from the University of Wales in 1982.

He came to Cardiff as a tutorial fellow in August 1976, becoming a lecturer two years later. In 1997 he was appointed senior lecturer and became a professor in 2004, largely on the basis of his research work in accounting and business history.

Trevor's early research work was on the economic and business history of the British coal industry, and especially the south Wales coalfield, and this remained his main field of interest until the late 1980s, when he joined forces with the eminent accounting historian, J.R. (Dick) Edwards to conduct research into the development of cost and management accounting, not only in Britain but also France and other countries. Together with Dick Edwards, Trevor launched the journal, Accounting, Business & Financial History (now Accounting History Review) in 1990 and they remained as joint editors through until the end of 2010. The fruits of their joint research work over 20 years can be found in A History of Management Accounting – The British Experience, published by Routledge in 2013.

In the last eighteen months, Trevor has returned to his earlier interest, the history of the south Wales coal industry, and his current research in this area focuses on the coal export trade. Nevertheless, Trevor continues to collaborate with colleagues around the world on issues in accounting history and has recently been appointed for three years as a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan, where he is working with Professor Masayoshi Noguchi on budgetary control during the 1920s and 1930s in Japanese special companies.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Business Historians (council member, 1997-2000; president, 1998-99)
  • Member of the Economic History Society.

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  • Maths lectures (Year 1) on BS 1551 Microeconomics and BS1652 Macroeconomics
  • Lectures (Year 2) on Microeconomic Theory
  • Lectures (Year 2) on Modern British Economic History

Research interests

The development of cost and management accounting (especially in Britain, but also other countries, including Japan) and the economic and business history of the south Wales coal industry.

PhD supervision research interests

Historical development of accounting, especially cost and management accounting