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Professor Jan Bebbington

Professor Jan Bebbington

M. Com (Hons), PhD. FRSGS.

Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2348

Web link

Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)

Teaching 2017–2018

  • MN4238 Sustainable Development and Management
  • MN5499 Individual Dissertation
  • MN5603 Responsibility Sustainability and Accountability in Organisations


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

Sustainable Development; Social and Environmental Accounting.

Selected publications

Bebbington J. and Unerman, J. (2018). Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: an enabling role of accounting research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 31(1), 2-24.

Bebbington, J. and Harrison, J. (2017). Global climate change responsiveness in the United States of America: an estimation of population coverage and implications for environmental accountants, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 37(2), 137-143.

Bebbington, J., Russell, S. and Thomson, I. (2017). Accounting and sustainable development: reflections and propositions, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 48(1), 21-34.

Bebbington, J. (2016), "The St Andrews Sustainability Institute: Fostering sustainability in a cold climate", chapter in Papa, R., and Saiti, A., eds, Building for a Sustainable Future in Education: Brick by Brick, (Springer).

Bebbington, J. and Campbell, D. (2015), "Economic democracy: exploring the ramifications for social and environmental accountants", Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 35(2), pp. 77-85.

Bebbington, J., Larrinaga, C., Russell, S., and Stevenson, L., (2015), "Organizational, management and accounting perspectives on biodiversity", pp.213-239, chapter in Gasparatos, A., and Willis, K. eds, Biodiversity in the Green Economy, (Routledge: London).

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).

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

Selected other information

Jan Bebbington - CV (PDF, 477 KB)