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Jeffrey Unerman


Jeffrey Unerman 
  • Admitted to ICAEW: 1989
  • Joined Council: 2014
  • Member working in academia with a specialism in sustainability


Jeffrey Unerman is Professor of Sustainability Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University Management School.

He holds a PhD in social and environmental accounting from the University of Sheffield and is an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia. He was the recipient of the British Accounting and Finance Association’s 2016 Distinguished Academic Award and in 2018 was awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Among external roles, Jeffrey is a member of the Expert Panel of the Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project.

His research and public policy work focuses on the role of accounting and accountability practices in helping organizations become more sustainable, recognising the interdependencies between economic, social and environmental risks and opportunities. A particular emphasis of this research is the use of accounting in making the social and ecological impacts of organizational activities more transparent and in encouraging the embedding of sustainability within organizational decision-making.

Declaration of Interests

Membership of, or interests in, formal bodies or groups, including other professional bodies 

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK)
  • Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia
  • Fellow of Advance HE (formally called the Higher Education Academy)(UK)
  • Member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association

Membership of ICAEW Council, ICAEW Boards and other ICAEW Committees

  • Co-opted member of ICAEW Council
  • Vice-Chair, ICAEW Research Advisory Board
  • Diversity Advisory Group

Partnerships, Directorships or benificial interests in companies


Professional or social relationships with individuals who have business relationships or who compete with ICAEW

  • I am a Professor of Sustainability Accounting at Lancaster University.  Lancaster University have a close relationship with Sunway University in Malaysia, whose related Sunway College trains a large proportion of ACAs in Malaysia.

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