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Dr Andrea Coulson

Head Of Department

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. 


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)
An introduction to framing multiple capitals
Coulson Andrea
ICAEW Rethinking Capitals: beyond the financial, pp. 1-26, (2016)
Exploring metaphors of capitals and the framing of multiple capitals : challenges and opportunities for <IR>
Coulson Andrea B., Adams Carol A., Nugent Michael N., Haynes Kathryn
Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Vol 6, pp. 290-314, (2015)
Living Wage Employers : evidence of UK Business Cases
Coulson Andrea, Bonner James
Hospitality codes and social exchange theory : the Pashtunwali and tourism in Afghanistan
Coulson Andrea B., MacLaren Andrew C., McKenzie Stewart, O'Gorman Kevin D.
Tourism Management Vol 45, pp. 134-141, (2014)
Accounting activism and Bourdieu's 'collective intellectual' : reflections on the ICL case
Cooper Christine, Coulson Andrea B.
Critical Perspectives On Accounting Vol 25, pp. 237-254, (2014)

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Professional activities

AccountAbility (External organisation)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (External organisation)
Editorial Board Membership Business Strategy and Environment Journal (Oct. 2010 to present)
Editorial board member
Editorial Board Membership The Journal of Applied Accounting Research (Nov. 2010 to present)
Editorial board member
Invited research seminar on “Environmental Credit Risk and Water Governance” to the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago, Dunedin on 21st July
Invited speaker
Invited presentation to Landcare research teams July 2010 in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand.
Invited speaker

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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
Period 01-Jun-2014 - 07-Nov-2014
Platforms for Online Seminars for Risk Researchers
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic) Ramsay, Howard (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.
Period 01-Oct-2008 - 30-Sep-2009
Trading Social Risk and Social Responsibility
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic)
£2000 funding from "Bridging the Gap" to conduct research and workshops on trading risk and social responsibility.
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 30-Sep-2008
International Risk Research Partnership
Burns, Calvin (Academic) Quigley, John (Academic) Coulson, Andrea (Academic) Ramsay, Howard (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.
Period 01-Sep-2011 - 30-Sep-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.
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 31-Jan-2015

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