“Public Interest in Accounting” and “Activism and Accounting for Radical Change”

 “Public Interest in Accounting”

A presentation by Professor Ken McPhail on 4 February in Room BS4.44 at 5.30pm.


“Activism and Accounting for Radical Change”

A presentation by Professor Ian Thomson on 9 February in Room BS4.44 at 6pm.

Ken McPhail is Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities.  Prior to joining the University of Manchester he was Professor of Accounting and Head of Department at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, a position he held from September 2010 and before that he was Professor of Social and Ethical Accounting at the University of Glasgow.

He is on the editorial board of both the Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. He is co-editor of the Journal of Business Ethics Education and the Sustainability, Accountability, Management, and Practice Journal. He has held an Honorary Professorship at Deakin University from February 2006 and I sat on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland’s Ethics Committee prior to moving to Melbourne. Since 2013 he has been a member of the United Nations PRME Working Group for Business and Human Rights.

His research interests lie principally in the area of corporate accountability and his publications include a four volume research master work on Accounting Ethics published by Sage in 2013 and two special journal issues, one on Accounting and Human Rights and the other on Accounting & Theology. Recent speaking engagements have included presentations to The United Nations Association of Australia and the CPA Australia Kate Stanton Annual Research Lecture on Accounting & Human Rights.  In 2011 he was awarded an honorary membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for his work on accounting, ethics and human rights.


Ian Thomson is a Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at Birmingham Business School and his research is concerned with how accounting and other forms of evidence impacts in organizational decision-making and operations which have a social and/or environmental impact. His current projects include shadow accounting, carbon accountability and sustainable outcome measurement. In 2012 he was elected as convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

He has been called as an expert witness to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Infrastructure & Capital Investment Committees, Special Policy Advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, Budget Advisor to the Scottish Parliaments’ Cities and Infrastructure Committee and was a member of the expert stakeholder panel for the Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland).

Until recently he was Professor of Accountancy at Heriot-Watt University and prior to this position was Professor of Accounting at Strathclyde Business School. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and before becoming an academic held senior accounting positions in NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland

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