The Centre for Social and Environmental Research (CSEAR) is an international membership-based network that aims to mobilise accounting scholarship to enable a more sustainable society.
CSEAR aims to be a world-recognized, global community of scholars who engage with students, activists, practitioners, policy makers and other interested groups in order to generate and disseminate knowledge on social and environmental accounting and accountability. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate high quality, relevant research, teaching and external engagement with practice and policy through developing knowledge, expertise, resources and a supportive network for mentoring and career development.
CSEAR activities include:
- Supporting effective sustainability accounting education;
- Conferences in the UK and around the world;
- Social and Environmental Accountability Journal;
- Regular communication via social media, websites and quarterly newsletters;
- Research projects undertaken by CSEAR;
- Sponsoring and commissioning research;
- Research training;
- Mentor emerging scholars in the field;
- Engaging with practice, the profession, NGOs, activists, government and academe;
- Making research accessible to society-at-large through communications such as press releases and non-academic articles; and
- Building the network of CSEAR members, including through Partners and Satellite Offices.
CSEAR has clear organisational and governance arrangements comprising
- CSEAR Council, Chaired by Professor Ian Thomson (Heriott Watt University)
- CSEAR is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Directors (Professor John Ferguson and Ms Lorna Stevenson), and an Administrator (Dr Lynn Christie)
- Committee of International Associates represent the international CSEAR network
- SEAJ Editorial Board for CSEAR's journal, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal
- Distinguished Expert Advisors
In addition, CSEAR is supported by Honorary Fellows from the world of academia, public and private sectors and civil society. Finally, CSEAR is supported by the faculty and research students at School of Management at the University of St Andrews, and in particular by the Ethics, Sustainability and Accountability thematic group.