Dr Robert Charnock

Dr Robert Charnock

The Department of Accounting
Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Robert is a Lecturer in Accounting at Birmingham Business School, whose research focuses on carbon accounting and climate finance. He joined the University of Birmingham after receiving his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


  • PhD in Accounting (2016), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
  • MSc in Accounting, Organisations and Institutions (2012), LSE.
  • BSc in Accounting and Finance (2010), LSE.


Robert’s research focuses on carbon accounting, studying the way this emerging form of accounting translates global climate objectives into budgets, risk assessments and targets within organisations. His research pays particular attention to the role of carbon accounting – as well as climate performance indicators – in aligning efforts across multiple sectors with the international climate objectives.  In conducting this research, he has worked with organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative as well as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Robert’s fieldwork has been conducted primarily within standard-setting processes at the intersection of climate change and the financial sector. This formed the empirical core of his PhD, which he received from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and remains central to his current research activities.

Robert has presented his work at numerous international conferences and doctoral colloquia, including those organised by the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Accounting (IPA) and the European Accounting Association (EAA). During his time at the LSE, he was a Doctoral Fellow of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).


  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Business Accounting
  • Widening Horizons: Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance

Postgraduate supervision

Robert is interested in supervising postgraduate research in the areas of:

  • Carbon Accounting
  • Environmental Risk and Regulation
  • Standard Setting
  • Climate Finance