Dr Thomas Cuckston

Dr Thomas Cuckston

The Department of Accounting
Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Head of Department of Accounting

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tom’s research is at the intersection of geography, ecology and accounting, studying how people construct spaces enabling different forms of calculative interaction with nature.  This work has implications for understanding how humanity can organise sustainable development that conserves Earth’s biosphere


  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • PhD Newcastle University
  • BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge


  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc International Accounting and Finance


Research interests

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Calculation, Agency and Strategy


Cuckston, T. (2021).  Accounts of NGO performance as calculative spaces: wild animals, wildlife restoration and strategic agency.  Critical Perspectives on Accounting (In Press).

Cuckston, T. (2021).  Editorial: Accounting and conservation: To live in harmony with nature, we must organise nature. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 42(1-2), 1-7.

Munasinghe, A., Cuckston, T., and Rowbottom, N. (2021).  Sustainability certification as marketisation: Rainforest Alliance in the Sri Lankan tea production industry. Accounting Forum, 45(3), 247-272.

Bebbington, J., Cuckston, T. and Feger, C. (2021).  Biodiversity.  In: Bebbington, J., Larrinaga, C., O’Dwyer, B., and Thomson, I. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Environmental Accounting.

Sobkowiak, M., Cuckston, T., and Thomson, I (2020).  Framing sustainable development challenges: accounting for SDG-15 in the UK.  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (In Press). 

Cuckston, T. (2019).  Achieving an ecologically defensible calculation of net loss/gain of biodiversity.  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 32(5), 1358-1383. 

Feger et al. (2019).  Four priorities for new links between conservation science and accounting research.  Conservation Biology, 33(4), 972-975. 

Cuckston, T. (2018).  Making accounting for biodiversity research a force for conservation.  Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 38(3), 218-226. 

Cuckston, T. (2018).  Making extinction calculable.  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 31(3), 849-874. 

Cuckston, T. (2018).  Creating financial value for tropical forests by disentangling people from nature.  Accounting Forum, 42(3), 219-234. 

Cuckston, T. (2017).  Ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity in the production of a blanket bog.  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 30(7), 1537-1567.

Cuckston, T. (2013).  Bringing tropical forest biodiversity conservation into financial accounting calculation.  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 26(5), 688-714.