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Professor Jan Bebbington

Professor Jan Bebbington

M. Com (Hons), PhD

Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development

Director, St Andrews Sustainability Institute

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462348
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462812

Web links

Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
St Andrews Sustainability Institute (SASI)

Teaching 2016–2017

  • MN4100 Contemporary Issues in Management


Jan qualified as a chartered accountant in New Zealand where she also held her first academic post before moving to the UK to pursue her academic career. Previously Professor of Accounting at the University of Aberdeen, Jan is actively engaged in many aspects of the application of academic research in sustainable development to practice in industry, non-profit and political organisations.

Research specialisms

Social and Environmental Accounting; Sustainable Development and Organisational Change; Education.

Selected publications

Bebbington, J., and Larrinaga, C. (2014), "Accounting and sustainable development: an exploration", Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Godemann, J., Bebbington, J., Herzig, C., and Moon, J. (2014), "Higher Education and Sustainable Development: exploring possibilities for organisational change", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27(2).

Sustainability Accounting and Accountability book cover‌Bebbington, J., Unerman, J., and O'Dwyer, B., Eds., (2014), Sustainability Accounting and Accountability, 2nd edition (Routledge: London).

Bebbington, J. and Thomson, I., (2013), "Sustainable Development, Management and Accounting: Boundary Crossing", Management Accounting Research, 24(4), pp. 277-283.

Lovell, H., Bebbington, J., Larrinaga, C., and Sales de Aguiar, T. (2013), "Putting carbon markets into practice: a case study of financial accounting in Europe", Environment and Planning C, 31(4), pp. 741-757.

Bebbington, J., Kirk, E., and Larrinaga-Gonzalez, C. (2012) "The Production of Normativity: A comparison of reporting regimes in Spain and the UK", Accounting, Organizations and Society, 37(2), pp. 78-94.

Bebbington, J., Higgins, C., and Frame, B., (2009), "Initiating sustainable development reporting: Evidence from New Zealand", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22(4), pp. 588-625.

Bebbington, J., Larrinaga-Gonzalez, C., and Moneva, J. (2008), "Corporate Social Reporting and Reputation Risk Management", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 21(3), pp. 337-361.

Gray, R., Bebbington, J., and Gray, S., (2010), Social and Environmental Accounting (Vols I – IV), (Sage: London).

Selected other information

Jan Bebbington - Publications (PDF, 418 KB)

Jan Bebbington - CV (PDF, 136 KB)