Noel Harding joined the School in 1994 after a number of years in practice. Noel teaches postgraduate auditing and assurance, and is a supervisor of BCom(Hons), MPhil and PhD candidates in the area of behavioural auditing. He currently serves as the academic board member on the Australian Government's Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and is the School's Director of Research.
In addition to UNSW Sydney, Noel has held academic positions at Macquarie University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Fudan University, and The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Noel's research focusses on ways in which to improve the quality of audit judgments and decisions and, in doing so, improve audit quality. He also has an interest in improving audit regulation. Noel's research has been published in leading international journals including Accounting Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, ABACUS, and Accounting and Finance, and he is regularly invited to present at national and international academic and professional conferences.
Noel's research is currently supported by an Australian Government ARC Discovery grant which continues a tradition of funding for his research agenda. Past funding includes an earlier ARC Discovery Grant and support from the U.S. Center for Audit Quality, CPA Australia, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, and the UNSW Business School.
Noel's current research focusses on enhancing auditor professional skepticism and examining ways in which to improve the regulation of the audit profession more broadly.