Dr Madlen Sobkowiak

Dr Madlen Sobkowiak

The Department of Accounting
Assistant Professor in Accounting

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT

Madlen is an Assistant Professor in Accounting specialising in Social and Environmental Accounting, Accounting for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Accounting at the Birmingham Business School. Previously she was a Research Fellow in Business and Ocean Stewardship, working on the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative and a Lecturer in Accounting at the Birmingham Business School.

She is also an Editorial Board member for Accounting Forum and the Social Media Editor of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.


  • PhD, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • MSc International Accounting and Finance, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • BSc Business Administration, Technical University of Freiberg, Germany, 2015


Madlen joined the Birmingham Business School in September 2016 as a PhD student and started her Research Fellowship in Business and Ocean Stewardship in 2020. She is now an Assistant Professor in Accounting with a particular focus on Accounting for Sustainable Development. She was awarded her PhD in Accounting in 2020 from the Birmingham Business School.

Her research interests cover a range of Social and Environmental Accounting topics with a particular interest in Accounting for Biodiversity and Accounting for Sustainable Development.



  • Social and Environmental Accounting (PG and UG)
  • Advanced Management Accounting (UG)



Research interests

  • Accounting for Sustainable Development
  • Accounting for Conservation
  • Social and Environmental Accounting 


Recent publications


Österblom, H, Folke, C, Rocha, J, Bebbington, J, Blasiak, R, Jouffray, J-B, Selig, ER, Wabnitz, CCC, Bengtsson, F, Crona, B, Gupta, R, Henriksson, PJG, Johansson, KA, Merrie, A, Nakayama, S, Crespo, GO, Rockström, J, Schultz, L, Sobkowiak, M, Jørgensen, PS, Spijkers, J, Troell, M, Villarrubia-Gómez, P & Lubchenco, J 2022, 'Scientific mobilization of keystone actors for biosphere stewardship', Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 3802 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07023-8

Sobkowiak, M 2022, 'The making of imperfect indicators for biodiversity: a case study of UK biodiversity performance measurement', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3133

Österblom, H, Bebbington, J, Blasiak, R, Sobkowiak, M & Folke, C 2022, 'Transnational corporations, biosphere stewardship, and sustainable futures: annual review of environment and resources', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 47. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-120120-052845

Cho, CH, Senn, J & Sobkowiak, M 2021, 'Sustainability at stake during COVID-19: exploring the role of accounting in addressing environmental crises', Critical Perspectives on Accounting. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2021.102327

Sobkowiak, M, Cuckston, T & Thomson, I 2020, 'Framing sustainable development challenges: accounting for SDG-15 in the UK', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1671-1703. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-01-2019-3810

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