Dr Madlen Sobkowiak

Dr Madlen Sobkowiak

The Department of Accounting
Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT

Madlen is a Lecturer in Accounting specialising in Social and Environmental Accounting, Accounting for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Accounting at the Birmingham Business School. Previously she was a Research Fellow in Business and Ocean Stewardship, working on the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative.


  • PhD, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • MSc International Accounting and Finance, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • BSc Business Administration, Technical University of Freiberg, Germany, 2015


Madlen joined the Birmingham Business School in September 2016 and started her Research Fellowship in Business and Ocean Stewardship in 2020. She is now a Lecturer in Accounting with a particular focus on accounting for sustainable development. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Accounting in 2020 from the Birmingham Business School.

Her research interests cover a range of social and environmental accounting topics with a particular interest in accounting for biodiversity and accounting for sustainable development.



  • Social and Environmental Accounting (PG and UG)
  • Management Accounting (UG)


  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Decision Making and Control
  • Marketing & Financial Management (School of Engineering)


Research interests

  • Accounting for Sustainable Development
  • Accounting for Conservation
  • Social and Environmental Accounting 


Journal Articles:

 Cho, C., Senn, J., Sobkowiak, M. (2021). Sustainability at stake during COVID-19: Exploring the role of accounting in addressing environmental crises. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2021.102327

Sobkowiak, M., Cuckston, T., Thomson, I. (2020). Framing sustainable development challenges: Accounting for SDG-15 in the UK. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. Vol. 33 No. 7, pp. 1671-1703. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-01-2019-3810.

Literature Review:

Sobkowiak, M. (2020). Unpacking the Narrative Decontestation of CSR: Aspiration for Change or Defense of the Status Quo? / Vicious and Virtuous Circles of Aspirational Talk: From Self-Persuasive to Agonistic CSR Rhetoric / Aspirational Talk in Strategy Texts: A Longitudinal Case Study of Strategic Episodes in Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal. 40(1), 95-97.  https://doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2020.1711333.


Delphine Gibassier; Leanne Keddie; Madlen Sobkowiak; Thuy Thanh Tran, and Virginie Kruse. “Quel nouveau cadre comptable pour répondre aux défis environnementaux ?” The Conversation, June 21, 2021.