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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Seminar series on Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Seminar 2: Accountability, maps and inter-generational equity: Evaluating the Nigerian oil spill monitor

Event Time
13 Feb 16:00 - 13 Feb 17:30
Event Location
G.045 Dover Street
Event Type

Speaker: Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, University of Birmingham

Ian Thomson is Professor of Accounting and Sustainability and Head of Research in the Department of Accounting.

He is also Convenor of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research. This research has included interdisciplinary studies on implementation of cleaner technology, establishing industrial ecologies, effective stakeholder engagement, risk governance in water and salmon farming, sustainable development indicators, government policy making and external accounting. 

He has been called as an expert witness to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Infrastructure & Capital Investment Committees, Special Policy Advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, Budget Advisor to the Scottish Parliaments’ Cities and Infrastructure Committee and was a member of the expert stakeholder panel for the Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland). His current projects include shadow accounting, carbon accountability and sustainable outcome measurement. 


"Integrating sustainable development into public sector accountability and governing systems is deemed necessary to create social, economic, cultural, political and environmental well-being for present and future generations.

"Aligning public service accountability practices with sustainable development is critical for the governance of others to achieve an equitable redistribution of costs, risk, harm, resources and benefits across generations. In this paper, we explore the accountability expected of PSOs assigned the responsibility of protecting the natural environment, inter-generational and intra-generational equity.

"Our central theme is whether enhanced accountability will drive changes in organisational practices associated with more sustainable ways of living. This paper evaluates the Nigerian Oil Spill Monitor (OSM), an innovative public sector accounting-sustainability system created by a coalition of campaigning NGOs and the Nigerian National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA). Unusually for accounting-sustainability hybrids, the OSM is adapted from public participation geographic information system (PPGIS). We explore the OSM’s effectiveness in terms of enhanced accountability, stakeholder engagement and improved regulatory practices in preventing, stopping and remediating oil spills in the Niger Delta."

Seminar series on Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability

In line with the Research with Impact strategic priority under the University’s Goal 3 agenda Social Responsibility and Engagement Committee at AMBS launched the seminar series in 2016-2017. The purpose of the seminar series is to invite researchers from AMBS and other business schools to present their work for discussion and also to explore new avenues in thinking and researching the area.


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