Join us online on Thursday 12 January 2023 at 0900(GMT) to discuss teaching human rights with panelists Katherine Christ (University of South Australia), Sepideh Parsa (Middlesex), John Ferguson (St Andrews) and Yingri Lu (Glasgow). Individual contributions from panellists will be followed by an open discussion where you will have the chance to ask the panelists questions.
Dr Katherine Christ is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting in UniSA Business. She is an expert in accounting for modern slavery risk in business operations and supply chains and recently founded the South Australian Modern Slavery Research and Practitioner Network. Katherine has received funding from CPA Australia and AFAANZ for her research into modern slavery and was a nominee for a 2021 Themis Financial Crime Prevention Award in the category of Combating Modern Slavery. She has published widely on the topic of modern slavery and sustainability accounting more generally and regularly contributes to mainstream media on her areas of interest.
Dr. Sepideh Parsa is an associate professor in Accounting and is currently the Programme Leader for MSc Financial Management and the PhD co-ordinator for Accounting and Finance Department. She joined the Business School as a PhD student when she was awarded a full scholarship. Sepideh completed her PhD in the field of social accounting. Sepideh’s main research interest is in corporate accountability and social reporting with a focus on ‘labour’ and ‘human rights’ related issues in both developing and developed countries.
Professor John Ferguson's research interests are in the area of corporate governance and accountability, including corporate accountability for human rights. In respect of the latter, John has worked with the Scottish Government to develop a National Baseline Assessment (NBA) of Scotland's implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Based on the work undertaken for the NBA, John continues to provide input into the development of a Scottish National Action Plan. John is currently Co-Director of CSEAR.
Dr. Yingru Li is a lecturer in Accounting and Finance of Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. She is also co-convening the Glasgow Human Rights Network. Dr. Li has a strong research interest in exploring how reporting initiatives and accountability practice could be improved to enable business to comprehend global challenges, such as sustainable development goals, business and human rights issues. She teaches accounting and human rights to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is currently holding the academic lead of PRME within the business school in promoting sustainability into learning and teaching practice, to enhance student experience and external engagements, and to build a sustainable workplace.