Sarah Borthwick

Sarah Borthwick

Dr Sarah Borthwick



Sarah began her academic journey at Napier University in 2004 as an undergraduate student enrolled in the BA (Hons) Accounting programme. After graduation, she was awarded a fully-funded studentship with the Transport Research Institute of Edinburgh Napier University to undertake a PhD, entitled: The Potential for ‘Green’ Fiscal Policy Measures to Influence Individuals’ Vehicle Purchasing Decisions in Scotland. Sarah’s thesis was examined by Dr Tim Ryley and Prof Steve Stradling in September 2014. The doctoral award was approved by the University’s Research Degrees Assessment Board in February 2015, with graduation taking place July 2015.

During her doctoral studies, Sarah engaged in part-time teaching in the Business School of Edinburgh Napier University. In September 2012, Sarah became a full-time lecturer in Accounting. Sarah’s teaching embraces financial reporting, international accounting and taxation. She is also a supervisor for both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on a range of subjects. Sarah is the Year I and II Tutor for BA (Hons) Accounting and Joint Degrees. She is also involved in Edinburgh Napier University’s teaching programmes in Hong Kong, having been programme leader for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Programme with City University of Hong Kong for three years.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • AACSB champion for Accountancy, Finance & Law


Fellowships and Awards

  • Won 'Best Tutor in Accountancy, Finance & Law'
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Won the best paper presented by a young professional prize at the 2012 Scottish Transport Applications & Research Conference


Invited Speaker

  • Invited Keynote Speech at the 8th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies


Media Activity

  • Interviewed for STV news regarding the Edinburgh Trams



  • Reviewed a paper submitted for the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation


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