Inaugural lecture sustains Professor's accounting research

Prof Thomson presents his inaugural lecture.

The College of Social Sciences were delighted to host the inaugural lecture of Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at Birmingham Business School. Taking place on Wednesday 26 April 2017, the event saw over 40 staff, students and members of the community join Professor Thomson on campus to explore the role of citizen accounting in sustainable development.

Professor Thomson was introduced by Professor Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences. Professor Becker spoke about Ian’s background in professional accounting, before his move into academia, starting at Napier Polytechnic. He lectured at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde Business School, before joining the University of Birmingham in 2015.

Professor Thomson’s lecture covered a range of questions: what do we mean by sustainable development? How does the intrusion of accounting into sustainable development make us feel? Are current accounting practices fit for purpose in sustainable development governance? How we move from better accounting for sustainability to making things happen? The lecture also covered the positive impact of accounting in sustainable development, the history of the sector from the Fumifugium report in in 1661, register raiding campaigns, open data to citizen science and citizen journalism.

The lecture was closed by Professor Becker, ending with a short question and answer session with the audience. Guests and speaker then discussed the topic of the lecture at a drinks reception to celebrate the occasion.

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