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Dr Shona Russell

Dr Shona Russell

BAcc(Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer in Knowledge and Practice

Associate Director of Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good
Environmental Facilitator

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2807

Web links

Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
Earth System Governance

Teaching 2017-2018

  • MN4238 Sustainable Development and Management
  • MN5001 Contemporary Global Issues in Management

Biography/Research specialisms

Shona Russell joined the School of Management in 2012. As an engaged scholar, Shona is committed to generating theoretically-informed and impactful research for academic, policy and practice communities in the areas of:

  • Governance, accountability and accounting technologies for water resource management;
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary knowledge production in the domain of environmental science and policy; and 

  • Organising sustainability transitions. 

In 2017-18, she is working on projects concerning topics of transdisciplinary research; the contribution of philanthropy to sustainability transitions; and theoretical, pedagogical and practical developments to enhance sustainability in educational institutions. Her work is primarily qualitative and is undertaken in collaboration with academics and practitioners.

Drawing on long-term interest in relationships between knowledge and practice, she co-edited Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations published by Routledge in 2016. In 2008 - 2011, she undertook interdisciplinary research examining environmental governance concerning freshwater and climate change in New Zealand as a researcher for Manaaki Whenua.

Doctoral Supervision

Selected publications


Knowledge and practice in business and organisations
Orr, K. M. (ed.), Nutley, S. M. (ed.), Russell, S. L. (ed.), Bain, R. (ed.), Hacking, B. (ed.) & Moran, C. (ed.) 3 May 2016 New York; London: Routledge. 256 p. (Routledge advances in organizational learning and knowledge management; vol. 2)
Research output: ResearchBook

Old Problems New Solutions: navigating water governance.
Russell, S. L., Frame, B. & Lennox, J. 2011 Manaaki Whenua Press.
Research output: ResearchCommissioned report



Exploring and mapping the knowledge and practice terrain
Nutley, S. M., Bain, R., Moran, C., Orr, K. M. & Russell, S. L. 3 May 2016 Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Russell, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 234-246
Research output: ResearchChapter

Negotiating Knowledge through Boundary Organisations in Environmental Policy
Moran, C., Russell, S. L. & Wishart, L. J. 2016 Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. New York, London: Routledge
Research output: ResearchChapter

Organizational, management and accounting perspectives on biodiversity
Bebbington, J., Larrinaga, C., Russell, S. L. & Stevenson, L. A. 2015 Biodiversity in the Green Economy. Gasparatos, A. & Willis, K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 213-239 27 p. (Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Accounting and accountability for fresh water: exploring initiatives and innovations
Russell, S. L. & Lewis, L. 2014 Sustainability Accounting and Accountability. Unerman, J., Bebbington, J. & O'Dwyer, B. (eds.). 2nd ed.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Who Speaks for the River? Exploring Biodiversity Reporting using an Arena Approach
Dey, C. & Russell, S. L. 2014 Accounting for Biodiversity. Jones, M. & Solomon, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge
Research output: ResearchChapter

Social accounting and the external problematisation of institutional contact: Exploring the potential of shadow accounts
Dey, C., Russell, S. L. & Thomson, I. 2011 Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good : Accountability for the Common Good. Ball, A. & P. Osborne, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 64-75
Research output: ResearchChapter



Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda
Fazey, I., Moug, P., Allen, S., Beckmann, K., Blackwood, D., Bonaventura, M., Burnett, K., Danson, M., Falconer, R., Gagnon, A. S., Hodgson, A., Harkness, R., Holm, L., Irvine, K. N., Low, R., Lyon, C., Moss, A., Moran, C., Naylor, L., O'Brien, K., Russell, S., Skerratt, S., Rao-Williams, J. & Wolstenholme, R. 2018 In : Climate and Development. 10, 3, p. 197-217 21 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Accounting and sustainable development: reflections and propositions
Bebbington, J., Russell, S. & Thomson, I. Oct 2017 In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 48, p. 21-34
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Accounts of nature and the nature of accounts: Critical reflections on environmental accounting and propositions for ecologically informed accounting
Russell, S. L., Milne, M. & Dey, C. 18 Jul 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Activism, arenas and accounts in conflicts over tobacco control
Thomson, I., Dey, C. & Russell, S. L. 2015 In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 28, 5, p. 809-845 36 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Application of sustainability appraisal to the Canterbury Water Management Strategy
Jenkins, B. R., Russell, S. L., Sadler, B. & Ward, M. 18 Feb 2014 In : Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 21, 1
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Moving beyond “mitigation and adaptation”: examining climate change responses in New Zealand
Russell, S. L., Greenaway, A., Carswell, F. & Weaver, S. 2013 In : Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. p. 1-19
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Technologies for sustainability: a governmentality perspective
Russell, S. L. & Frame, B. 2013 In : International Journal of Sustainable Development. 16, 1/2, p. 91-106 16 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Structuring stakeholder participation in New Zealand's water resource governance
Lennox, J., Proctor, W. & Russell, S. 15 May 2011 In : Ecological Economics. 70, 7, p. 1381-1394 14 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Improving Water Governance in New Zealand – Stakeholder Views of Catchment Management Processes and Plans
Fenemor, A., Neilan, D., Allen, W. & Russell, S. L. 2011 In : Policy Quarterly. 7, 4, p. 10-19
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Water Policy and Regulatory Reform in New Zealand
Fisher, R. M. & Russell, S. 2011 In : International journal of water resources development. 27, 2, p. 387-400 14 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Analysing the role of sustainable development indicators in accounting for and constructing a Sustainable Scotland
Russell, S. L. & Thomson, I. Sep 2009 In : Accounting Forum. 33, 3, p. 225-244
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Accounting for a Sustainable Scotland
Russell, S. L. & Thompson, I. 2008 In : Public Money & Management. 28, 6, p. 367-374
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle



Potential users’ perceptions of general purpose water accounting reports.
Russell, S. 18 Sep 2017 In : Social and Environmental Accountability Journal. 37, 3, p. 227-228
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review