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Professor in Sustainability Accounting/Governance

About Southampton Business School

Southampton Business School (SBS) is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton, a top 100 University in the world, ranked 78th (QS), and a founding member of the Russell Group Universities. SBS hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. It has grown substantially in breadth and size in the recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SBS academics conduct cutting edge research and publish consistently in world-class journals. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks 34th (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is now ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th (REF2021) in the UK. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investments in people and relocation to a state of art business building.

Building on this success, in July 2022, the School secured the 5-year re-accreditation of the MBA programme by AMBA which is ranked 13th in the UK (QS data) on top of the AACSB accreditation secured in 2021. A member of the UNPRM, the school was recently awarded the CABS Small Business Charter in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for business.  In 2019, our Placement Team was recognised as the best in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the student experience, with the team remaining in the top 5 since, validating our focus and efforts on learner success. Recently our accounting & finance students were recognised as the global winner in the 2022 Bloomberg challenge demonstrating our commitment to excellence. We value our relationship with our global network of alumni, who are successful leaders and entrepreneurs and members of our engaged community of academics and business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our research underpins our enterprise and educational activities. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 15 professional bodies we aim to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of our activities is our triple helix model whereby our research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience. We hope you will be considering applying for one of the Professorships to join a very inclusive and diverse team of talented colleagues and contribute to our impactful activities.

About the Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting brings together internationally renowned academics that research and teach a wide range of accounting, accountability, sustainability accounting, governance and tax topics with an increasing and unique emphasis on sustainability reporting and governance. The Department has unique strength and established reputation of developing and delivering world-leading and impactful research nationally and internationally with specific focus on accounting, sustainability reporting and governance within different contexts, especially developing ones. For example, the Department contributed one impact case towards the 2021 REF on Sustainability Reporting. The Southampton Business School was ranked 14th in the United Kingdom for Research Impact, with 93% of the impact cases ranked as either world-leading (64%, 4*) or internationally excellent (29%, 3*).

We have a mix of highly qualified professional and academic colleagues who have strong links with the professions, industry and academia, including holding significant leadership roles in academic bodies, academic journals, industry and the professions. Similarly, we have a long tradition of highly encouraging eclectic, inclusive and pluralistic research approaches, and therefore, we welcome applicants with all types of research methodological expertise, including critical, qualitative and quantitative or positive accounting traditions. The Department is one of the largest in the school, with highly successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in accounting and finance that have a distinctive focus on employability and interdisciplinarity, including offering joint programmes with other disciplines, such as economics and management, which attract high-quality students. Our programmes consistently appear in the top 20 of different national and international league tables, such as the Complete University Guide, Guardian and Times, as well as recognised by all the relevant major professional accounting bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA), the CPA Australia (CPA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Our strengths have been recognised by QS as being in the world’s Top 101-150 Accounting and Finance departments.

The Department’s  vision is to be a thought leader in sustainability accounting and governance.  For example, the Department has eight members of its academic staff who are Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Sustainability Professionals. These are working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and internationally to help them prepare sustainability reports. Other academics have played a leading role in drafting the Corporate governance Code for Ghana that was launched by the President of Ghana in December 2022. Our department is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, highly interdisciplinary, and collegial, and determined to apply our research with the global aim of making our society more sustainable.

About you

As a Professor of Sustainability Accounting and/or Governance, you will play a central role in leading the research agenda in the Department of Accounting. You will bring to the role a strong professional reputation, including a sustained record of world leading research and thought leadership, through a sustained publication record in world leading international academic journals in the areas of sustainability accounting or governance. You will have experience in leading and winning major funding bids, setting up and managing the resources needed to deliver the research plan. You will act as a leader and ambassador for us across accounting/sustainability/governance, knowledge exchange/enterprise or other engagement activities with the wider community including business leaders and regulators nationally and internationally.

You will be an experienced educator with proven track record of high-quality teaching, able to lead in the development of education policy and practice and able to design and develop courses and programmes at all level (UG, MSc and MBA Level). You will be an experienced researcher able to supervise doctoral students (PhD and DBA programmes) with a proven track record of delivering world-leading and impactful research, including developing REF-style impact cases.

You will have a strong research vision and leadership skills with a demonstrable ability to develop and lead collegiate, ambitious and successful teams. Your leadership skills will be evident, whether through your research, education or having held a leadership role.   You will have proved your ability to innovate and engage in inspiring students and colleagues, helping build a strong academic community. You will also have an outstanding ability to support, mentor and work with early career researchers.

You will play a leading role in implementing the strategy of the Southampton Business School and the Department of Accounting. We expect you to make strong leadership contributions towards implementing the University of Southampton Triple Helix approach ( You are expected to be a role model and lead others in implementing this strategy.

The successful candidate will play a role in the leadership of the Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance (CRAAG), which is the flagship research centre of the Department of Accounting. CRAAG strength is its focus on accounting, sustainability reporting, governance and development using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

What we can offer you

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for teaching duties, we are open to a hybrid approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly.   There could be flexibility in the number of working hours, whereby we encourage applicants to engage in discussion. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter, we hold an institutional Silver award.

We also offer additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts.

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.


We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

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