Ifedapo Francis Awolowo

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Dr Ifedapo Francis Awolowo PhD, MRes, MSc, BSc, FHEA, CPA, FAIA, CFE

Senior Lecturer in Financial & Management Accounting


I am the Course Leader for MSc Forensic Accounting, MSc Accounting & Finance and MSc Financial Management.   I teach on a range of modules including Forensic Accounting at level 7, Corporate Governance and Ethics, level 7; Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination, level 6; Corporate Governance, Regulation and ethics, level 6, Law, Corporate Governance and Ethics, level 4; Accounting, level 4. I have an industry experience that spans over ten years.   I hold the CPA Australia membership, and I am an Academic Fellow of the Association of International Accountant (FAIA). I am also a member of the largest anti-fraud organisation in the world, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners with the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credentials.  I am equally a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHAE) I am a strong accounting professional with a PhD in Forensic Accounting. I equally hold an MSc in Forensic Accounting and a Master of Research in Business.   

I am an active researcher with quality publications. My research interests include: Forensic Accounting, Financial Statement Fraud, Audit Quality, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and the Degree Attainment Gap.   I have been invited as a guest speaker in Hong Kong, France, Australia and Singapore. I frequently present papers at conferences around the world. I examine and supervise doctorate students, and currently, I am supervising two doctorate students.



Qualifications 2019:

PhD in Forensic Accounting, Sheffield Hallam University. Thesis Tittle: Financial Statement Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift to Forensic Accounting.

2015: Mres - Business, Sheffield Hallam University. 2012: MSc Forensic Accounting, Sheffield Hallam University. 2009: BSc Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria  Member of professional bodies

2020: Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia

2020: FHAE Higher Education Academy 

2019: Professional Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)

2017: Academic Fellow of the Association of International Accountants (FAIA) AIA

2016: Member, American Accounting Association

2015: British Academy of Management

2013: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2010: Graduate Member: Nigerian Institute of Management



Occupational Fraud and Abuse - with specific interest in Financial Statement Fraud.
Mergers and Acquisitions 
Audit Failures and Corporate collapses 
Corporate Governance
Forensic Accounting 
Degree attainment Gap (BAME)
Qualitative Research (Neo-empiricism)


College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Work Readiness Project, Towards Reducing Degree Attainment Gap, Audit Concern: Why Audit may continue to Fail, Forensic Accounting Paradigm

Financial and Management Accounting Subject Group

MSc Accounting & Finance, MSc Forensic Accounting, MSc Financial Management, BA Accounting and Finance, BA Forensic Accounting.


Forensic Accounting, Accounting, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Accounting, Law, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, Financial Accounting.



Towards Reducing Degree Attainment Gap: A Listening room Methodology, Audit Concerns: Why Audit may continue to Fail, Impact of Joint Tenure on M & A Outcomes, Impact of Gender Diversity on Corporate Outcomes.

Research Collaboration with Latrobe University, Australia and University of Leeds, CPA Australia 



Key Publications

Fletcher, N., Awolowo, F., & Garrow, N. (2021). Fraud Detection and Prevention: A Review of the Latest Developments in U.K. Audit. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 17 (1), 1-13. http://doi.org/10.17265/1548-6583/2021.01.001

Garrow, N., Somerset, N., Awolowo, I., & Clark, M. (2019). Trust: The critical factor in theory and practice, from banks to cakes. In British Academy of Management, Aston University Birmingham, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019. BAM: https://www.bam.ac.uk/corporate-governance-0

Jamieson, D., Awolowo, I., Garrow, N., Winfield, J., & Bhaiyat, F. (2019). Financial shenanigans: The importance of anti-fraud education. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 8 (3), 58-63. http://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v8_i3_p5

Garrow, N., Awolowo, I., & Growe, G.A. (2018). Annual reports: Fact or fiction? Are there governance implications? Presented at: BAM2018: Driving productivity in uncertain and challenging times, Bristol, 2018

Kesseba, K., Awolowo, I., & Clark, M. (2018). Qualitative research methodology: a neo-empiricist perspective. Driving productivity in uncertain and challenging times. http://conference.bam.ac.uk/BAM2018/htdocs/conference_papers.php?track_name=Research%20Methodology

AWOLOWO, F. (2018). Qualitative Research Methodology: A Neo-empiricist Perspective. British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference.

Awolowo, I., Garrow, N., Clark, M., & Chan, D. (2018). Accounting scandals: beyond corporate governance. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 14 (8), 399-407. http://doi.org/10.17265/1548-6583/2018.08.001

Garrow, N., & Awolowo, I. (2018). Palmer & Harvey: A Case of Governance and Audit Failure. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 14 (7). http://doi.org/10.17265/1548-6583/2018.07.004

Awolowo, I., Garrow, N., Clark, M., & Chan, D. (2018). Accounting scandals: Beyond corporate governance. SSRN Electronic Journal. http://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3101057

Clark, M., & Awolowo, F. (2017). Towards a Forensic Accounting Paradigm: A Neo-Empiricist Research Agenda. In British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, University of Warwick. Coventry: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference

AWOLOWO, F. (2017). Corporate Accounting Frauds: Are Auditors to be blamed? Presented at: Sheffield Business School Doctoral Conference, Sheffield

AWOLOWO, F. (2016). Financial Statement Fraud: Updating the Accounting Paradigm to Forensic Accounting.

AWOLOWO, F. (2016). Financial Statement Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift to Forensic Accounting. In 7th Annual Mid-Year Forensic Accounting Research Conference, American Accounting Association, North Carolina. North Carolina: Forensic Accounting Research Conference

AWOLOWO, F. (2016). Financial Statement Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Accounting. International Conference on Accounting and Finance (ICAF).

AWOLOWO, F. (2014). The Relevance of Forensic Accounting in Mitigating the Audit Expectation Gap.

Journal articles

Abidoye, A., Awolowo, I.F., & Chan, D. (2024). Bridging the Gap: Integrating Forensic Accounting Skillsets for Enhanced Audit Quality in the Post-Pandemic Era. Journal of Forensic Accounting Profession, 3 (2), 63-81. http://doi.org/10.2478/jfap-2023-0010

Awolowo, F., Owolade, F., Abidoye, A., Dosumu, O., & Ajao, O. (2023). Towards widening participation in post-graduate research: The ASPIRE programme. People, Place and Policy Online, 1-11. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2023.4627796626

Garrow, N., & Awolowo, I. (2022). Mergers and acquisitions and the CEO: tenure and outcomes. Corporate Board: role, duties and composition, 18 (1), 47-61. http://doi.org/10.22495/cbv18i1art4

Awolowo, F., & Garrow, N. (2022). Why Audit will Continue to Fail! Academia Letters, 5141. http://doi.org/10.20935/AL5141

Garrow, N., Awolowo, I.F., & Growe, G. (2019). Annual Reports: Fact or Fiction? Are there governance implications? Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, 16 (1). http://doi.org/10.33423/jlae.v16i1.1360

AWOLOWO, F. (2016). Financial Statement Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift to Forensic Accounting. International Journal of Social, Behavioural, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 10 (3), 976-980.

Conference papers

Awolowo, I. (2023). Accomplished Study Programme in Research Excellence (ASPIRE). In UKCGE EDI Conference, Crown Plaza, Sheffield, 2 November 2023 - 3 November 2023. https://ukcge.ac.uk/assets/pdfs/EDI-Programme-v1.24.pdf

Awolowo, I. (2023). Achieving Equity in the research environment: The ASPIRE Agenda. In Vitae International Researcher Development Conference, Manchester, 25 September 2023 - 26 September 2023. https://www.vitae.ac.uk/acl_users/credentials_cookie_auth/require_login?came_from=https%3A//www.vitae.ac.uk/events/vitae-international-researcher-development-conference-2023/booking-vitaecon2023

Awolowo, I., Abidoye, A., Owolade, F., Seun, A., & Dosumu, O. (2023). Give me a hand, and I will thrive: How personalised mentorship is helping black students progression. In BAM Conference, University of Sussex, 4 September 2023 - 7 September 2023. British Academy of Management

Awolowo, I., Abidoye, A., Ajao, S., & Dosumu, O. (2023). Impact of personalised mentorship on black heritage students: A case study of ASPIRE. In Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, Keele, 2 July 2023 - 5 July 2023. https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2023-05/Day%202%20-%20Part%202%20T%26L%202023.pdf

Awolowo, I., Abidoye, A., Ajao, S., & Dosumu, O. (2023). Towards Fixing the Broken Pipeline: The ASPIRE Agenda. In CABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience, ICC, Wales, 22 May 2023 - 23 May 2023. https://charteredabs.org/events/ltse2023/

Awolowo, I., Abidoye, A., & Chan, D. (2022). Reshaping the credibility of audits for the new normal – a forensic accounting skillsets agenda. In 2022 ANZAM Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 2022 - 2022 (pp. 335-352). ANZAM - Australian & New Zealand Academy Of Management: https://www.anzam.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/BC8905_ANZAM-Papers-and-Abstracts-Conference-Solutions_JAN-2023.pdf

Theses / Dissertations

Awolowo, I. (2019). Financial Statement Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift to Forensic Accounting. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Chan, D. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00230

Internet Publications

Awolowo, I.F. (2023). How universities can address the lack of Black scholars in academia. https://theconversation.com/how-universities-can-address-the-lack-of-black-scholars-in-academia-216051

Awolowo, I. (2023). Expanding Influence In Business And Beyond For Black Students. https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattsymonds/2023/10/26/expanding-influence-in-business-and-beyond-for-black-students/?sh=4c52f94e11d4

Awolowo, I. (2023). Black History Month 2023: The Power Of Mentors – Dr. Ifedapo Francis Awolowo. https://bluesky-thinking.com/black-history-month-2023-the-power-of-mentors-dr-ifedapo-francis-awolowo/

Awolowo, I. (2023). How ASPIRE is changing the narratives for Black students. https://wonkhe.com/blogs/how-aspire-is-changing-the-narratives-for-black-students/

Awolowo, I. (2020). With the help of artificial intelligence, auditors can do more at a reduced cost. https://ibuhgalter.net/material/1018/20389

Awolowo, I., & Garrow, N. (2020). Audit keeps failing – here’s why a fundamental change is needed. https://theconversation.com/audit-keeps-failing-heres-why-a-fundamental-change-is-needed-142598


Awolowo, I. (2023). News Release: ASPIRE programme supports more than 40 Black students into research.


Chan, D., Garrow, N., Clark, M., & AWOLOWO, F. (2017). Financial Statement Fraud: Auditors are not to be blamed.

Other activities

2017: Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship (ACFE)


Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising 2 PhD students. I welcome Research Proposal from prospective PhD and DBA students.



Media: https://theconversation.com/audit-keeps-failing-heres-why-a-fundamental-change-is-needed-142598 ; https://ibuhgalter.net/material/1018/20389


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