Integrating climate change into accounting education

Posted by ARC Commitee - Jan 12, 2022
Do you teach about climate change in your accounting and finance programmes? Are you interested in further integrating climate change in your accounting teaching?
This talk, cohosted by the Universities of Birmingham and St Andrews, is for anyone interested in ways to integrate climate change into accounting education. Participation is free and open to all. Register here.
Climate change threatens life on Planet Earth. Dominant ways of thinking, valuing consequences and making decisions appear inadequately unattuned to efforts to reduce GHG emissions. The climate emergency requires decision makers to understand how today’s choices connect to past, present and future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They must be able to sense, measure and account for GHG consequences and reduce atmospheric concentrations of GHG to manageable levels.
Education can play a central role in enabling decision-makers, including accountants, to enhance carbon literacy and develop competencies to address the climate emergency. Integrating climate change into education can take many forms. A recent survey of accounting educators suggests climate change features across various modules within existing programmes and in some cases specialist degrees are in development.
Colleagues at the University of Birmingham’s accounting programme are working to integrate climate change across their accounting programmes. Join Dr Sobkowiak, Dr Konovalova and Professor Thomson as they share insights into the work involved, insights gleaned and lessons learned.
Madlen Sobkowiak 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.
Maaya Konovalova is a Lecturer in Accounting specialising in Taxation, Anti-Money Laundering and International Transparency Standards.
Ian Thomson is Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business. He is also Convenor of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.
Further information about climate change education
The COP 26 Universities network recently released a working paper proposing that climate change education be mainstreamed in UK Higher Education Institutions alongside 11 case studies.
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