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Professor Jeffrey Unerman

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

Jeffrey Unerman is Professor in Sustainability Accounting at Lancaster University Management School, Department of Accounting and Finance. His research and public policy work focuses on the role of accounting and accountability practices in helping organizations become more sustainable, recognizing the interdependencies between economic, social and environmental risks and opportunities. A particular emphasis of this research is the use of accounting in making the social and ecological impacts of organizational activities more transparent and in encouraging the embedding of sustainability within organizational decision-making.


Jeffrey holds a PhD in social and environmental accounting from the University of Sheffield, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia. He was the recipient of the British Accounting and Finance Association’s 2016 Distinguished Academic Award and in 2018 was awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Among external roles, Jeffrey is a co-opted member of the ICAEW Council and vice-chair of the ICAEW Research Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Expert Panel of the Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project.


In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several leading journals, Jeffrey is co-editor (with Jan Bebbington and Brendan O’Dwyer) of Sustainability Accounting and Accountability (2014), co-author (with Craig Deegan) of Financial Accounting Theory – European Edition (2011) and co-editor (with Jessica Fries and Anthony Hopwood) of Accounting for Sustainability: Practical Insights (2010). 

PhD supervision

Sustainability accounting

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