About CSEAR

The Centre for Social and Environmental Research (CSEAR) is an international membership-based network that aims to mobilise accounting scholarship to enable a more sustainable society.

CSEAR is overseen by an Executive Council (currently Chaired by Professor Ian Thomson, University of Birmingham) and managed on a day-to-day basis by its Directors (Professor John Ferguson and Dr Shona Russell, University of St Andrews).

Mission

Our mission is to encourage and facilitate high quality, relevant research, teaching and external engagement with practice and policy through developing knowledge, expertise, resources and a supportive network for mentoring and career development.

Vision

CSEAR aims to be a world-recognized, global community of scholars who engage with students, activists, practitioners, policy makers and other interested groups in order to generate and disseminate knowledge on social and environmental accounting and accountability.

Featured Post

Tribute to Rob Gray

By John Ferguson, CSEAR Co-Director

The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) was established in 1991 by the late Prof. Rob Gray. Rob’s seminal research, along with his passion for challenging environmental degradation and social injustice, laid the foundations for the field of social and environmental accounting (SEA) research and practice.

History

CSEAR was formed in 1991 by Professor Rob Gray at the University of Dundee. In 2000 the Centre moved to the University of Glasgow and in 2006 CSEAR was re-established at its current location at the University of St Andrews.

CSEAR’s journal, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, is published by Routledge. The journal was first published in 1993, replacing the Social Accounting Monitor, which was formed by James Guthrie and Reg Mathews 1982. Learn more about the Social and Environmental Accountability Journal here.

CSEAR currently has over 250 members from 35 different countries, with partner offices in Canada, France and Italy and international associates presenting 14 countries.

CSEAR conferences are held around the world with an International Congress held in St Andrews, Scotland alongside conferences in Australasia, France, Italy, Spain, South America, Portugal, China and Hong Kong. To find out more about forthcoming conferences and other events, click here.

Activities

  • Conferences in the UK and around the world.
  • Social and Environmental Accountability Journal.
  • Regular communication via social media, websites and monthly newsletters.
  • Research projects undertaken by CSEAR.
  • Sponsoring and commissioning research.
  • Research training.
  • Mentor emerging scholars in the field.
  • Engaging with practice, the profession, NGOs, activists, government and academe.
  • Making research accessible to society-at-large through communications such as press releases and non-academic articles.
  • Building the network of CSEAR members, including through Partners and Satellite Offices.

CSEAR Governance

The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) is run by the democratically elected CSEAR Council which is chaired by Professor Ian Thomson (University of Birmingham), and which in turn is supported by the Committee of International Associates. CSEAR’s journal, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal is supported by the SEAJ Editorial Board.

CSEAR is managed on a day-to-day basis by Co-Directors (Professor John Ferguson and Dr Shona Russell) and an administrator (Louise Henderson). It is supported by the School of Management at the University of St Andrews, and in particular by the Accounting, Governance and Organisations thematic group.

CSEAR Council Member - Ian Thomson, Business School & Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham, UK
Ian Thomson
Convenor
i.thomson@bham.ac.uk
Business School & Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham, UK
CSEAR Council Member - Charles Cho, Professor of Accounting and the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
Charles Cho
Council Member
Professor of Accounting and the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
CSEAR Council Member - Erica Costa, Associate Professor, Trento University, Italy
Ericka Costa
Council Member
Associate Professor, Trento University, Italy
CSEAR Council Member - Massimo Contrafatto, Associate Professor, University of Bergamo, Italy
Massimo Contrafatto
Council Member
Reader in Accounting (Accounting and Finance) University of Sussex Business School, UK
CSEAR Council Member - Colin Dey, Senior Lecturer, Stirling University, UK
Colin Dey
Council Member
Senior Lecturer, Stirling University, UK
CSEAR Council Member - Matias Laine, Academy Research Fellow, University of Tampere, Finland
Matias Laine
Council Member
Academy Research Fellow, University of Tampere, Finland
CSEAR Council Member - Gunnar Rimmel, Professor of Accounting and Corporate Reporting, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
Gunnar Rimmel
Council Member
Professor of Accounting and Corporate Reporting, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
CSEAR Council Member - Michelle Rodrigue, Professor of Accounting, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Michelle Rodrigue
Council Member
Professor of Accounting, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
CSEAR Council Member - Giovanna Michelon, Professor of Accounting, University of Bristol
Giovanna Michelon
Council Member
Professor of Accounting, University of Bristol
CSEAR Council Member - Stephanie Perkiss, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia
Stephanie Perkiss
Council Member
Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia
CSEAR Council Member - Robin Roberts, Pegasus Professor and Al and Nancy Burnett Eminent Scholar Chair in Accounting, University of Central Florida, USA
Robin Roberts
Council Member
Pegasus Professor and Al and Nancy Burnett Eminent Scholar Chair in Accounting, University of Central Florida, USA
CSEAR Council Member - Helen Tregidga, Professor of Accounting Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Helen Tregidga
Council Member
Professor of Accounting Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Eija Vinnari
Council Member
Professor of Public Financial Management University of Tampere, Finland
CSEAR Co-Director, John Ferguson, Professor in Accounting, School of Management, University of St Andrews
John Ferguson
Professor in Accounting, School of Management, University of St Andrews
CSEAR Co-Director, Shona Russell, Senior Lecturer, School of Management, University of St Andrews
Shona Russell
Senior Lecturer, School of Management, University of St Andrews
CSEAR Administrator Louise Henderson, School of Management, University of St Andrews
Louise Henderson
CSEAR Administrator
School of Management, University of St Andrews
CSEAR Council Member - Charles Cho, Professor of Accounting and the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
Charles Cho
Council Member
Professor of Accounting and the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
CSEAR Council Member - Erica Costa, Associate Professor, Trento University, Italy
Ericka Costa
Council Member
Associate Professor, Trento University, Italy
CSEAR Council Member - Michelle Rodrigue, Professor of Accounting, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Michelle Rodrigue
Council Member
Professor of Accounting, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
CSEAR International Associate - Teresa Eugénio, Adjunct Professor, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao Instituto Politeecnico de Leiria, Portugal
Teresa Eugénio
Associate Professor, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
CSEAR International Associate - Tiffany Leung, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Busines, City University of Macau, Macau
Tiffany Leung
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Busines, City University of Macau, Macau
CSEAR International Associate - Sheila Killian, Associate Professor, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland
Sheila Killian
Associate Professor, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland
CSEAR International Associate - Carlos Larrinaga, Professor of Accounting, Universidad de Burgos, Spain
Carlos Larrinaga
Professor of Accounting, Universidad de Burgos, Spain
CSEAR International Associate - Hannele Mäkelä, University Lecturer, Faculty of Management and Businees, Tampere University, Finland
Hannele Mäkelä
University Lecturer, Faculty of Management and Businees, Tampere University, Finland
CSEAR International Associate - Den Patten, Professor, College of Business, Illinois State University, USA
Den Patten
Professor, College of Business, Illinois State University, USA
CSEAR International Associate - Hongtao Shen, Professor of Accounting, School of Management, Jinan University, China
Hongtao Shen
Professor of Accounting, School of Management, Jinan University, China
CSEAR International Associate - Sophie Spring, Professor of Accounting Montpellier Management Institute, Université de Montpellier, France
Sophie Spring
Professor of Accounting, Montpellier Management Institute, Université de Montpellier, France
CSEAR International Associate - Mohamed Saeudy, Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Mohamed Saeudy
Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire, UK
CSEAR International Associate - Chris Van Staden, Professor of Accounting, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Chris Van Staden
Professor of Accounting, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand