Ian Thomson is Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at Birmingham Business School and Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business. The objective of the Centre is to enable businesses to escape from the limiting, often self-destructive, consequences of intentional and unintentional irresponsibility. Ian has been researching topics relating to responsibility, sustainability and accountability for over 25 years. This research has included 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, climate change, effective pedagogy, use of accounting by activists, human rights, international development programmes and football clubs. His current projects include citizen accounting and social media, accountability for food aid, carbon accountability and responsible business outcome measurement.
He has been called as an expert witness to various Scottish Parliament’s committees, appointed as Advisor to Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, and Cities and Infrastructure Committee, worked with Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), with The Princes Charity and recently as an accountability expert to UN World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation.
In 2012 he was elected as convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research. Until recently Ian Thomson was Professor of Accounting at Heriot-Watt University and Strathclyde Business School. Prior to becoming an academic he worked as a management accountant for the NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland and is a chartered management accountant.