Dr Andrea Coulson


Accounting and Finance

Personal statement

My research and teaching interests include social and environmental accounting and accounting for risk. At a theoretical level I have a special interest in exploring the notion of multiple capitals and theories of value, in particular through interdisciplinary research. I apply my research to empirical investigations of social welfare, protection of human rights and engagement on environmental risk and 'materiality' thresholds for climate adaptation. I have over fifteeen years experience of working with the financial services sector on perceptions of social and environmental risks and valuations. My research and knowledge exchange activities are a direct input into my teaching and are reflected in my classes on Accounting for Risk, Accounting and Sustainability and Research Methodologies. 


Barriers to handpump serviceability in Malawi : life-cycle costing for sustainable service delivery
Truslove Jonathan Peter, Coulson Andrea B, Mblame Emma, Kalin Robert
Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology (2020)
Reflecting SDG 6.1 in rural water supply tariffs : considering 'affordability' versus 'operations and maintenance costs' in Malawi
Truslove Jonathan P, Coulson Andrea B, Nhlema Muthi, Mbalame Emma, Kalin Robert M
Sustainability Vol 12 (2020)
Stranded assets as a key concept to guide investment strategies for sustainable development goal 6
Kalin Robert M, Mwanamveka Joseph, Coulson Andrea B, Robertson Donald J C, Clark Holly, Rathjen Jon, Rivett Michael O
Water Vol 11 (2019)
Understanding the functionality and burden on decentralised rural water supply : influence of millennium development goal 7c coverage targets
Truslove Jonathan P, Miller Alexandra V M, Mannix Nicholas, Nhlema Muthi, Rivett Michael O, Coulson Andrea B, Mleta Prince, Kalin Robert M
Water Vol 11 (2019)
Rationalising the use of Twitter by official organisations during risk events : operationalising the social amplification of risk framework through causal loop diagrams
Comrie EL, Burns C, Coulson AB, Quigley J, Quigley KF
European Journal of Operational Research Vol 272, pp. 792-801 (2019)
KPMG's True Value methodology : a critique of economic reasoning on the value companies create and reduce for society
Coulson Andrea B
Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Vol 7, pp. 1-19 (2016)

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Professional activities

Scottish SDG Reporting Working Group Meeting - People and Prosperity,
SEPA & UNEP FI Scottish Low Carbon Energy Investment Roundtable Two
Creating a prosperous, vibrant, Glasgow City Region in the face of climate change.
Living Wage Celebration 2018
SEPA/ICAS (External organisation)
Babson College Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators

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Business case for paying a Living Wage: case evidence of Place-based approaches
Coulson, Andrea (Principal Investigator) Butcher, Deborah (Researcher)
The aim of the research is to provide place-based evidence of the business case for paying a Real Living Wage in Scotland.

Centres on case studies of Living Wage Places and explores how stakeholders account for their shared values and put into practice Living Wage principles
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
SEPA & UNEP FI Scottish Low Carbon Energy Investment, Chair Impact Hub Working Group
Coulson, Andrea (Principal Investigator)
Chairing multi-stakeholder group on impact based business cases for low carbon energy investment for SEPA and UNEP FI
07-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Living Wage Employers: evidence of UK business cases
Coulson, Andrea (Principal Investigator) Bonner, James (Researcher)
6 case studies of the business case for being a UK Living Wage Employer as accredited by the Living Wage Foundation
01-Jan-2014 - 07-Jan-2014
Risk Communication and Twitter: A Comparison of International Risk Regulatory Frameworks
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic)
£61 325 PhD funding (Tranche 2 University scholarship) which we won for Emma Comrie.
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2015
International Risk Research Partnership
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic) Ramsay, Howard (Academic) Quigley, Kevin (Academic) Pelot, Ron (Academic)
$250 000 (Cdn) from SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) to develop an international risk research partnership including the delivery of online (Second Life) workshops. Industry partners include KPMG, Scottish Power, and Shell amongst others.
01-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2014
Platforms for Online Seminars for Risk Researchers
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic) Ramsay, Howard (Academic) Crowe, Derek (Academic)
£10 379 from the "Roberts Fund" for provision and evaluation of online seminar, tutorial and support platforms for the doctoral and post-doctoral community.
01-Jan-2008 - 30-Jan-2009

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