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Dr Grainne Oates

Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance
PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Graduate Diploma of Accounting, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Australia; Graduate Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Master of Business Administration, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Dr Grainne Oates is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Swinburne University of Technology. She specialises in teaching introductory and management accounting at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Her primary research interests are in learning and teaching with a special focus on teaching innovations to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. She is the Founder and CEO of 'Quitch' a content neutral gamified mobile learning platform built to enhance the student experience. The platform is now in use in Educational Institutions, Professional Associations and Corporates across the world. Feedback has been very positive. Grainne also publishes on topics relating decision-making in local government, including how the quality of councillors impact on performance, both environmental performance and also on the quality of accounting earnings of local governments.  Grainne has earned more than $2,040,000 in research funding. Prior to joining academia Grainne had a successful 13 year career in the pharmaceutical industry working for CSL.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Management Accounting - 350105
  • Organisation And Management Theory - 350709
  • Organisational Behaviour - 350710


  • 2106, National, Finalist/Thought Leader of the year, Australian Accounting Association
  • 2017, International, Winner - Innovation in Accounting Education, American Accounting Association
  • 2017, National, Winner - Education Technology Award, Australian Financial Review
  • 2017, National, iAwards - Start up of the year - Victoria, Australian Information Industry Association
  • 2017, National, iAwards - Mobility Innovation of the year - Victoria, Australian Information Industry Association
  • 2017, National, iAwards - Community Services Market, Australian Information Industry Association
  • 2016, International, Reimagine Education Award , QS/Wharton Business School
  • 2016, International, Landing Pad Singapore, Austrade
  • 2016, National, Innovation in Education, Australian Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • 2016, National, Honorable Mention/ Technologically Enhanced Learning Award, ACODE/Pearson
  • 2015, Swinburne, Vice Chancellors Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, Swinburne, FBL Excellence in Teaching Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2006, Swinburne, First Place, MBA Program Business Strategy Unit , Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Oates, Grainne; Oates, G.
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