Dr Li Lin

Dr Li Lin

The Department of Accounting
Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
116 Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY

Li is a Lecturer in Accounting at Birmingham Business School. He joined the University of Birmingham in April 2017 after completion of his PhD in University of Leicester.


  • PhD in Management (Accounting), University of Leicester, UK, Oct 2012-Jul 2016
  • Master of Business (Accounting), The Australian National University, Australia, Feb 2011-Dec 2011
  • Bachelor of Management (Accounting), Sichuan University, China, Sept 2006-Jul 2010


Before joining the department of accounting in Birmingham Business School, Li worked as a part-time teaching fellow and associate tutor in various accounting modules during his PhD in University of Leicester School of Management. His PhD thesis is to investigate the role of professional accounting firms (PAFs) in climate change and sustainability in China.

Li has presented his works at several accounting and sustainability related international conferences and doctoral colloquiums, especially for those regularly organised by CSEAR (Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research) and BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association).


  • UG Year 1 - Introduction to Management Accounting
  • UG Year 1 - Business Accounting
  • UG Year 3 - Social and Environmental Accounting

Postgraduate supervision

Li is interested in supervising postgraduate thesis in social and environmental accounting, especially in the following area but not limited to:

  • The role of professional accounting firms (PAFs) in driving sustainable transformation
  • CSR and sustainability reporting and assurance, especially in emerging economies (e.g. China)
  • Carbon accounting in China


Li’s primary research interest focuses on the role of professional accounting firms in climate change and sustainable transformation. That has formed major part of his PhD thesis and current research activities. He’s also interested in integrated reporting, carbon accounting, the globalisation/glocalisation of Big Four in a non-western context, and East Asian studies.


Lin, L. 2015. Sustainability of accounting practices: Institutional problems in current Chinese environmental accounting, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, vol.10, no.4, 17-31.