Foundations for socio-ecological accounting scholarship

Jan Bebbington, Giovanna Michelon, Shona Louise Russell

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Abstract

This chapter aims at crafting the likely foundations for accounting scholarship to place socio-ecological thinking at the heart of research, education, and engagement. By taking a systems approach to conceptualising the domain of concern, we describe how living in the Anthropocene dictates the need for research of a different type. In particular we outline how a sustainability science approach will lead to different accounting interventions being designed. We then develop three pre-dispositions that will need to be fostered to support a socio-ecological research tradition, namely: decentring individualised and instrumental academic identities; deepening empathy for action; and integrating capabilities of flourishing into accounting scholarship. Overall, the chapter calls for future scholarship to be attuned to the foundations of socio-ecological system in the Anthropocene and identifies dispositions and conceptual tools to enable scholars to undertake research, education and engagement that are fit for purpose given the socio-ecological challenges faced by global society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of accounting in society
EditorsHendrik Vollmer
Place of PublicationNorthampton
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter13
Pages183-193
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781803922003
ISBN (Print)9781803921990
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

Publication series

NameResearch handbooks on accounting

Keywords

  • Socio-ecological accounting
  • Anthropocene
  • Sustainability science
  • Academic identities
  • Academic empathy
  • Capabilities of flourishing

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