Assoc Prof Phil Lawn

Ecological Economics 

Prof Carol Tilt

Environmental Accounting 

Prof Daniel Leonard

Resource and Environmental Economics

Environmental research in FBS is undertaken by three International leaders in their respective fields. Their research investigates the interaction between institutions (business, government, NGOs) and the natural environment. It covers the complementary areas of environmental accounting, sustainability, and of ecological economics which incorporates analysis of the interdependence of social, economic and ecological systems.

Research activity: Ecological economics

Philip Lawn

Philip Lawn's primary focus is in the area of ecological economics, which also incorporates such fields as:

  • Environmental and natural resource economics
  • Sustainable development - theory, practice, and policy
  • 'green' national accounting
  • Development of integrated economic, social, and environmental indicators
  • Environmental macroeconomics
  • International trade and the environment

Recent publications

Lawn, P. (2007), Frontier issues in ecological economics (Edward Elgar Publishing: ISBN 1-84542-840-2)

Ecological economics formally emerged in the late 1980s in response to the failure of mainstream economic paradigms to deal adequately with the interdependence of social, economic and ecological systems. Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics focuses on a range of cutting-edge issues in the field of ecological economics and outlines plausible measures to achieve a more sustainable, just, and efficient world for all.

Lawn, P. (ed.) (2006), Sustainable development indicators in ecological economics (Edward Elgar Publishing: ISBN 1-84542-099-3)

With contributions from some of the most eminent scholars in the field, my new book covers a broad range of indicators relating to national accounts, aggregate welfare, natural capital, ecosystem health, and human-environment interactions. In addition, the various methods of measuring a nation's sustainable development performance are analysed as well as the means by which they can be developed and improved.

For more detail on this research and these publications have a look at Phil Lawn's CV (PDF 123KB) .

Research activity: Environmental accounting

Carol Tilt 

Carol Tilt is an International Associate, and a member of the Executive Council of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), based in Scotland, which is the premier international research centre in the field of social and environmental accounting. Her work on environmental accounting focuses on  the annual reports and environmental reports of listed companies.

Some selected publications arising from this work are as follows:

Tilt C.A. (2007) 'A look at environmental reporting outside the annual report', Journal of International Decision Making, forthcoming.

Tilt C.A. (2007) 'Community attitudes and activism on social, political and environmental issues', Journal of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 10-15.

Tilt C.A. (2006) 'A note on linking environmental activity and environmental disclosure', Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 4-24.

Tilt C.A. (2002) 'Frameworks for assessing business response to the environment: A critical review', Journal of Accounting and Finance. Vol 1, pp. 29-42.

Milne M.J., Owen D.L., & Tilt C.A. (2001) 'Environmental reporting in Australia and New Zealand: Corporate reactions to best practice', Auckland University Business Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 24-36. [winner of the Auckland University Business Review Best Paper Prize – 2001]

Tilt C.A. (2001) 'The content and disclosure of Australian corporate environmental policies', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp.190-212.

Tilt C.A. & Symes C. (1999) 'Environmental disclosures by mining companies: Environmental conscience or commercial reality?', Accounting Forum, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 137-154.

Tilt C.A. (1997) 'Environmental policies of major companies: Australian evidence', British Accounting Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 367-394.

Research activity: Resource and environmental accounting

Daniel Leonard

Barbier, EB; Damania, R; Leonard, D 2005. 'Corruption, trade and resource conversion'. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 276-299

Research students

Joseph Rankoff: PhD on the role of technological progress on reducing environmental stress

Giao Reynolds: PhD on corporate environmental strategies: Case studies on the role of accountants