Accountability, Sustainability and Governance

The Accountability, Sustainability and Governance group investigates broad issues of accountability and governance in both the public and private sectors.

The group conducts research stemming from the field of accounting, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the betterment of our planet and society.

We investigate broad issues of accountability, sustainability and governance in the public, private and third sectors. These include the study of social and environmental disclosures in corporate reports, how accounting is implicated in societal issues, the role of governance and accounting in defining organisational practices with regard to sustainability, as well as developments in accounting for government and public sector entities.

Our research has been published in leading accounting journals such as Accounting Auditing and Accountability JournalAccounting and Business ResearchAccounting ForumAccounting Organizations and SocietyCritical Perspectives on Accounting, and European Accounting Review. We also publish beyond accounting such as in the British Journal of ManagementConservation Biology, Financial Accountability and ManagementOrganization Studies, and Public Management Review, and in interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics. Our research has also appeared in reports for professional associations (CIMA, ICAS) and other organisations.

Current research projects include climate change and biodiversity reporting, governmental accountability, the production of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, accounting for environmental liabilities, inclusion and sustainability.

Group members serve as editors or editorial board members of journals such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Accounting and Business ResearchAccounting ForumBritish Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on AccountingEuropean Accounting ReviewJournal of Business Ethics and Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal.

Our faculty is also actively involved in academic associations (e.g. European Accounting AssociationCentre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research)

Past events

Accountability, Sustainability and Governance Academic Roundtable: "The ISSB and the Materiality Debate"

20 January 2022, 11:00 - 12:30PM (UK Time)

We were pleased to host an Academic Roundtable to discuss different views on the recent formation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). The Roundtable will focus on the debate around different conceptualisations of materiality in the context of sustainability reporting.

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Projects and interest areas 

We offer Ph.D. supervision on any ASG research themes, which will allow applicants to work alongside some outstanding scholars in the field, while being exposed to an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

Our faculty is committed to integrate ASG research into learning. It includes public sector, social and environmental accounting within our core accounting units and is actively involved in teaching units inspired and built upon this important field of research (e.g. Social and Environmental AccountingAccountability and Accounting for Sustainability).

We also work and continue to expand our collaborations with other academic institutions, industry, practitioners and regulators by providing research and consulting, and organising conferences and seminars. At present, our faculty engages with organisations such as the ACCA, CIMA, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the European Bank Authority.


Organisations or individuals interested in working with Accountability, Sustainability and Governance, please contact us.

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