Thomas Cuckston

Thomas Cuckston

The Department of Accounting
Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

Office 147
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tom completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2003. He then worked in the accounting profession for six years, qualifying with the ACCA in 2007. He completed a Master of Research degree at the University of York in 2010 and then a PhD at Newcastle University in February 2014.  The title of his thesis was 'Financial Accounting Calculation in relation to Nature'.  He has been working as a lecturer in accounting at Birmingham Business School since July 2013.

Tom’s main teaching and research interests lie in financial accounting, and particularly in the relationships between accounting and nature. His research adopts an actor-network theory perspective, which treats markets as concrete material arrangements of calculative devices.



  • PhD in Accounting from Newcastle University
  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University
  • MRes Management Research, University of York
  • PG Diploma Philosophy, University of Manchester
  • Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge



  • Financial Statement Analysis for Investors on MSc Investments
  • Social and Environmental Accounting on MSc International Accounting and Finance
  • Social and Environmental Accounting on BSc Accounting and Finance


Cuckston, T., (2013), Bringing tropical forest biodiversity conservation into financial accounting calculation, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 26(5), 688-714.

Cuckston, T., (2014), A 'business plan for the planet': civilizing markets for globalized problems, to be presented at the Critical Perspectives on Accounting conference in Toronto in July 2014.