Ian has been researching topics relating to responsibility, sustainability, governance and accountability for over 25 years and has published over 60 articles, book chapters and conference papers. This research has included studies on implementation of cleaner technology, industrial ecologies, stakeholder engagement, risk governance in water and salmon farming, sustainable development indicators, government policy making, climate change, effective teaching, accounting and activism, human rights abuse and international development. His current projects include citizen accounting and social media, accountability of development programmes, carbon accountability and responsible business benchmarking.
He has been called as an expert witness to various Scottish Parliament’s committees, appointed as Advisor to Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, and Cities and Infrastructure Committees, worked with the Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), The Princes Charity and UN World Food Programme / Food and Agriculture Organisation. He has been a keynote speaker at academic and practitioner conferences in the UK, Australia, Brazil, North America, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, France, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.
In 2012 he was elected as convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, a network of over 200 international scholars researching the relationships between accounting and sustainable development. Until recently Ian was Professor of Accounting at Heriot-Watt University and Strathclyde Business School. Prior to becoming an academic he worked as a management accountant for the NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland and is a chartered management accountant. In his spare time he is treasurer of the Scottish Council on Deafness and chair of C-Change, an award-winning charity dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with learning difficulties.
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