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 (Social and Environmental Accounting), University of Leicester, UK, 2017
  • Master of Business (Accounting), The Australian National University, Australia, 2011
  • Bachelor of Management (Accounting), Sichuan University, P.R.China, 2010
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, UK
  • CPA Australia


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 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). Li is currently a member of organising committee for the upcoming 4th AAE (Alternative Accounts Europe) Conference.


  • Decision Making and Control (UG Yr1)
  • Management Accounting (UG Yr2)
  • Accounting, Management and Accountability (UG Yr2)
  • Social and Environmental Accounting (UG Yr3 & PG)

Postgraduate supervision

Li is currently co-supervising a Yr3 PhD student with Dr Florian Gebreiter, with the project that examines the role of accounting in Chinese public hospitals. Li is interested in supervising postgraduate (MSc & PhD) thesis topics in SEA, especially in the following areas: 

  • Professional accountancy firms and SEA
  • CSR reporting and assurance
  • Sustainability accounting and assurance in China
  • Carbon accounting in China
  • Chinese cultures and accounting practices
  • SEA in higher education


Li is interested in a broad aspect of social and environmental accounting (SEA), with the primary interest on the role of professional accounting firms in driving and shaping climate change and sustainable transformation. That has formed major part of his PhD thesis and current research activities. Li is also interested in other qualitative research, especially in the following:

  • Carbon accounting
  • The glocalisation of global professional accountancy firms in non-western contexts (especially China)
  • SEA in higher education
  • The role of culture(s) in shaping contemporary accounting practices.


Zhou, Z., Zhang, L, Lin, L., Zeng, H. and Chen, X. 2020. Carbon risk management and corporate competitive advantages: ‘Differential promotion’ or ‘cost hindrance’? Business Strategy and the Environment, vol.29, no.4, 1764-1784,

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.

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