1.1 Accounting and Sustainability

  • Sven Helin Örebro University
Keywords: Accounting, Sustainability, Environmental Accounting, Carbon Accounting, Qualitative Research


For this track, we invite research papers examining the interface of accounting and sustainability. While we are open to all scholars favoring any approaches and research designs within the domain of sustainability accounting research, our particular interest is on research looking at organizational practices from an inside perspective. There is plenty of scope for further qualitative and interpretive work providing in-depth knowledge of how social and environmental issues feature within accounting, accounting systems and accounting practices within organizations. At the same time, we remain open-minded for innovative submissions shedding further light on the relationship between accounting and sustainability.


Adams, C.A. & Larrinaga, C. (2019). Progress: engaging with organisations in pursuit of improved sustainability accounting and performance. Accounting, Auditing & Account. Journal, 32, 2367-2394.

Bebbington, J., & Larrinaga, C. (2014). Accounting and Sustainable Development: an Exploration. Accounting, Organizations and Society 39 (6): 395–413.

Bebbington, J., Larrinaga, C., O’Dwyer, B. & Thomson, I. (eds.) (in press). Routledge Handbook on Environmental Accounting. Routledge: Abingdon.

Cho C.H., Laine M., Roberts R.W. and Rodrigue M. (2015). “Organized Hypocrisy, Organizational Façades, and Sustainability Reporting”. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 40(1), 78-94.

Järvinen, J., Laine, M., Hyvönen, T. & Kantola, H. (in press). Just look at the numbers: A Case Study on Quantification in Corporate Environmental Disclosures. Journal of Business Ethics.

Rimmel, G., Jonäll, K., Sabelfeld, S., Skoog, M., Arvidsson, S., Beusch, P. & Hartmann, B. (2018). Redovisning för hållbarhet. Sanoma Utbilding.