Educating for sustainable futures

Dec 11, 2023
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The EAA Education Committee is presenting the first online course of the academic year 2023-2024, on Educating for sustainable futures. The online course will consist of two independent sessions:


When: 11th December & 18th December 2023, 10am CET


Accounting education has become increasingly at odds with the complexity and instability in the wider socio-ecological context, where we are facing accelerating climate crisis and potential ecological collapse.  Professional responsibilities of accountants are shifting to encompass far broader social and environmental aspects, with accounting graduates required to possess skills and attributes to address complex challenges. As educators, we have a responsibility to prepare students for this rapidly changing landscape. Addressing sustainability challenges requires students to have knowledge of sustainability issues, skills in accounting for sustainability, and the mindset to achieve required change in working towards more sustainable futures.

Educating for sustainable futures: Part 1 (11th December 2023, 10am – 11.30am CET)

This introductory course aims to provide practical guidance to accounting educators in educating for sustainability. We will explore a range of techniques and pedagogical approaches to integrating sustainability within curricula and assessment design in core accounting units. This course is suitable for educators who are beginning to introduce sustainability into curricula and assessment design, by offering practical ways to get started, and for those who have already taken initial steps. This course is also relevant for any educators looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of educating for sustainability in accounting education.

In this introductory course we will cover:

  • Transforming accounting education for the Anthropocene
  • Sustainability topics in accounting education
  • 10 practical examples of integrating sustainability within core accounting units

You can register here.

Educating for sustainable futures: Part 2 (18th December 2023, 10am – 11.30am CET)

This advanced course aims to provide additional practical guidance to accounting educators in educating for sustainability. We will explore advanced pedagogical approaches to educating for sustainability including innovative ways in which to integrate sustainability throughout accounting curricula, going beyond knowledge and skill development to include the shaping of mindsets. This course is suitable for educators who have already taken steps to integrate sustainability in their own units. This course is also relevant for any educators looking to develop a more comprehensive understanding of educating for sustainability. Note, Part 1 is not a requirement to attend this course.

In this advanced course we will cover:

  • Mainstreaming climate accounting
  • Rewilding accounting education
  • Critical evaluation of educating for sustainability


You can register here.


Course facilitators

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson was appointed Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at University of Dundee Business School in August 2023, having previously held chairs at Birmingham Business School, University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University.  His academic career started in 1990 when he joined Napier Polytechnic from professional accounting practice in 1990. In addition to his chair appointments, in the period 2016-2023 he was Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business. His research interests are related to the intersection of sustainability and accountability often focussing on areas of conflict. These have included: cleaner technology implementation, stakeholder engagement, risk governance in oil, water and salmon farming, national sustainable performance frameworks, climate change, use of accounting by activists, human rights, international development programmes and football clubs. His current projects include carbon accountability, operationalising the SDG for business and responsible business outcome measurement. He was an expert reviewer for the latest IPCC report, called as an expert witness to Scottish Parliament, advisor to Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, and Cities and Infrastructure Committee, worked with professional accountancy bodies, financial regulators. Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), The Princes Charity, UN World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation, advised large corporations on their sustainability strategy and reporting. He has been a board member of charities and not-for-profit organisationas including Friends of the Earth (Scotland), C-Change, deafscotland, Carboncopy and G17Eco. In 2019 he was awarded British Accounting and Finance Association Distinguished Academic of the year. Prior to becoming an academic he worked as a management accountant for NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland.

Lisa Powell

Lisa Powell is an interdisciplinary educator and researcher at Monash Business School. Lisa has a PhD in Accounting and has completed further studies in Psychology and Education. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. Lisa has been awarded the 2021 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for her work in rewilding accounting education. Lisa develops innovative pedagogies based on ecopsychology, compassion, creativity and interdisciplinary aspects to foster in students the mindset needed in working towards sustainable futures. Lisa has a particular interest in ecological and multispecies justice where her research incorporates posthumanist, ecofeminist, and queer theory perspectives to explore the role of accounting and organisational accountability in social and environmental issues.

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