Rodney Brown


School of Taxation & Business Law - PhD (LSE), MTax&FinPlan (UNSW), MBA (Deakin), B Com (Newcastle), GradDip Company Secretarial Practice, CA, FFin


Dr Rodney Brown is an empirical archival researcher of issues at the intersection of taxation and financial accounting, especially the extent to which transparency of firms’ tax arrangements impacts their behaviour. Rodney’s PhD thesis primarily examined the impact of country-by-country tax reporting on the tax aggressiveness of European Union banks. His research interests also include aspects of Australia’s tax system including corporate tax avoidance, the full dividend imputation system, tax aware investment management, superannuation and financial planning.

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About Rodney

Dr Rodney Brown is a Lecturer at the School of Taxation and Business Law (including Atax) in the UNSW Business School. Rodney joined UNSW in July 2018 after spending 5 years in the UK completing a PhD in Accounting at the London School of Economics (LSE). Rodney’s current research interests focus on corporate tax avoidance, tax transparency, tax aware investment management and dividend imputation. His research primarily applies empirical archival methodology. In addition to his current teaching at UNSW, Rodney has taught postgraduate and undergraduate courses at the LSE, Kings College London and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Prior to academic life, Rodney gained extensive industry experience over 20 years working as a Chartered Accountant and financial planner in public practice (including PwC and EY), commercial organisations and management consulting.

Rodney retains strong industry links via his professional affiliations including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Member since 1999) and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) (Fellow since 2009).

Rodney is passionate about teaching and conducting research that bridges the divide between academic research and practice.

Rodney is a reviewer for the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Accounting Perspectives, Australian Tax Forum and the eJournal of Tax Research.