Phan Thi Hong Duc

Dr Duc Hong Thi Phan, PhD is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to RMIT Melbourne, Duc taught and conducted research at different universities in Vietnam and Australia, including RMIT University Vietnam, Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), University of Economics and Law (UEL), Vietnam-German University (VGU), International Education Institute (IEI), Vietnam National University (VNU). Before joining academia, Duc had over 15 years of working experiences in accounting, finance, banking, consulting areas for KPMG, National Australia Bank, World Bank Group and many other public and private enterprises.

Duc holds a PhD on the topic of international accounting standards from Swinburne University. Her research works have been published in Education + Training, Accounting Education, Accounting History, Research in Accounting Regulation etc. Duc has been a recipient of several research grants. She is a member of Editorial Board of Asian Review of Accounting journal. Duc’s research interests include (1) auditing, (2) international accounting convergence and (3) accounting education. Duc has 1 PhD completion and is supervising 5 PhD students on the topics of accounting and auditing.

Duc is Director of some non-profit organisations in Vietnam including Knowledge Bridge Network which provides free online research webinar for over 11,000 members and Language Bridge Network which provides free online language lessons for over 30,000 members.



RMIT University: Melbourne, VIC, AU

2016-10-31 to present | Lecturer (School of Accounting)


RMIT Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, VN

2015-03-25 to 2016-10-31 | Lecturer (School of Business and Management)


Swinburne University: Melbourne, Victoria, AU

2010-03-11 to 2014-12-15 | Research Assistant and PhD Candidate 

(Faculty of Business and Law)


National Australia Bank: Melbourne, Victoria, AU

2005-09-05 to 2013-06-30 | Finance Applications Specialist (Finance Australia )


University of Economics and Law: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2003-09-05 to 2005-09-05 | Lecturer (Accounting and Auditing Faculty)


International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

2002-09-01 to 2003-09-01 | Instructional Designer, Finance topics (Business Edge Project)


KPMG: Ho Chi Minh City, VN

1999-09-01 to 2002-09-01 | Auditor (Audit and Assurance )



Swinburne University of Technology: Hawthorn, VIC, AU

2010-03-11 to 2014-12-15 | PhD (Faculty of Enterprises)


Swinburne University of Technology: Hawthorn, VIC, AU

1999-06-01 to 2002-02-01 | Master of International Accounting (Faculty of Enterprises)


University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City: Ho Chi Minh City, VN

1995-09-05 to 1999-06-01 | Bachelor of Science (Faculty of Accounting and Auditing)

Teaching and course coordinating

  • ACCT1056 Auditing
  • ACCT2354 Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis


PhD Supervision


5 PhD completion

Dr Nguyen Vo – Thesis title “Bank Earnings Management, Investors’ Trading Behaviour, Banks’ Cost of Equity Capital and Bank Risk-Taking in Asia-Pacific Region” – completed October 2020 – RMIT University – Associate Supervisor

Dr Saeed Alqahtani – Thesis title “The Consequences of the Implementation of Key Audit Matters in Audit Reports in Saudi Arabia: A Mixed Methods Approach”  completed December 2021 – RMIT University – Principal Supervisor

Dr My Nguyen – Thesis title “Implications of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Adoption of Higher Education of Accounting (HEA) in Vietnam: The Institutional Perspective” – completed October 2022 – RMIT University – Principal Supervisor.

Ola Mohammed Alghasham, Research project “The Experiences of Female Accountants in Saudi Arabia: An Examination of The Relaxation of The Laws Related to The Rights of Women in Employment Leading into The New Vision 2030 Strategy”, 3rd milestone completed, to be submitted in May 2023, RMIT University, Principal Supervisor

Yousef Alharbi, Research project “Audit Data Analytics, the Transformation within the Audit Profession: Perspectives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, 3rd milestone completed, to be submitted in August 2023, RMIT University, Principal Supervisor.

2 PhD current supervision

Mohammed Alsaif, Research project “The Emergence of BDA Technologies: Investigating the Shift in skill sets required of Auditors Due to the Automation Revolution in Audit”, 2nd milestone completed, to be submitted in December 2023, RMIT University, Principal Supervisor

Mona Alharbi, Research project “The Impact of Audit Data Analytics on The Relationship Between Internal and External Auditors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” 1st milestone completed, to be submitted in December 2025, RMIT University, Principal Supervisor



Nguyen, T.,Phan, D.,Maheshwari, G. (2023). Perceived internationalization of accounting education: the case of Vietnam In: Asian Review of Accounting, 31, 114 – 130

Vo, N.,Nguyen, T.,Phan, D. (2022). Earnings management and bank risk-taking behavior in Asia-Pacific region In: Research in International Business and Finance, 63, 1 – 19

Phan, D.,W Senarath Yapa, P.,Nguyen, H. (2021). Accounting graduate readiness for work: a case study of South East Asia In: Education + Training, 63, 392 – 416

Phan, D.,Joshi, M.,Tran Nam, B. (2018). The history of accounting standard setting in an emerging transition economy: The case of Vietnam In: Accounting History, 23, 379 – 406

Phan, D.,Joshi, M.,Mascitelli, B. (2018). What influences the willingness of Vietnamese accountants to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by 2025? In: Asian Review of Accounting, 26, 225 – 247

Bui, B.,Hoang, H.,Phan, D.,Yapa, P. (2017). Governance and compliance in accounting education in Vietnam – case of a public university In: Accounting Education, 26, 265 – 290

Phan, D.,Joshi, M.,Mascitelli, B. (2016). Are Vietnamese Accounting Academics and Practitioners Ready for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)? In: Economics and Political Implications of International Financial Reporting Standards, IGI Global, Hershey, United States

Phan, D.,Joshi, M.,Mascitelli, B. (2016). International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Adoption in Vietnam: From Isolation to Isomorphism In: Economics and Political Implications of International Financial Reporting Standards, IGI Global, Hershey, United States

Mascitelli, B.,Lobo, A.,Phan, D.,Bez, N. (2014). Australian Organic Market Report In: Australian Organic Ltd Melbourne, Australia

Research Grants


Policy landscape on sustainability policies in Vietnam and initial recommendations on a conducive policy environment, $5,000, funded by: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 2017


Stakeholder involvement in accounting education in Vietnam (2016) $500, funded by Victoria University of Wellington, with Associate Professor Binh Bui, Macquarie University in 2016


Australian Organic Market Research, $32,000, funded by Australian Organic Ltd Melbourne, with Professor Bruno Mascitelli, Swinburne University in 2014.


Leadership within academic community

Editorial Board Member, Asian Accounting Review (B ranked)

Founder and President of Knowledge Bridge Economic Research Institute, established in August 2021 and quickly grew to 14k+ members. The level of engagement and personal testimonies shows that these webinars have significantly upskilled participants in research skills.

Country Coordinator of Global Pitching Research Competition (organised by Professor Robert Faff).

Vice President of International Society of Pitching Research for Responsible Science (InSPiR2eS) Network


  • Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)
  • CPA Australia
  • CIMA Australia