PhD Opportunity at the University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (Deadline 23 March 2017)

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Dear H-Animal Colleagues

Please do encourage any interested students to apply for this studentship.

Best,

Bob McKay

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The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre and Grantham Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Sheffield, UK) are currently advertising an exciting fully-funded (international) interdisciplinary animal studies PhD studentship, working across the fields of social accounting, environmental studies, and social and narrative theory. The student will be based in Sheffield's Management School, and co-supervised by Jill Atkins (Professor of Accountancy) and Robert McKay (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature). Looking to narrative and other models, the project is an exciting opportunity to work across disciplines to explore the question of how contemporary corporations might be expected to account for and report their impacts on biodiversity/species extinction.

Expertise or prior education in accountancy is not required and relevant training will be available. We are keen to hear from interested applicants with an education in disciplines across the social sciences and critical humanities. The student will be joining the UK's most vibrant animal studies community, with around 20 postgraduate, postdoctoral and tenured academic researchers.

Deadline 23rd March 2017

Details follow.

Bob

 

Exploring the implementation of an accounting and engagement framework for extinction prevention

To apply click here: http://grantham.sheffield.ac.uk/training/opportunities/atkins/

 

Project description

Our world is experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction. Corporate activities play a large part in causing species extinction. Business has a responsibility to protect endangered species affected by their activities. Without corporate ‘buy in’ to extinction prevention, current trends will continue. King with Atkins (2016) proposes an extinction accounting framework. This PhD project will explore practical implementation of the extinction accounting framework. The scholar will interview an extensive sample of companies, accountants, auditors, wildlife NGOs and responsible investors to explore ways in which animals and other species are ‘valued’, financially, materially, ethically, morally and culturally. The research should also lead to policy recommendations for the adoption of the extinction accounting framework by companies, responsible investors and NGOs. This cross-disciplinary approach should lead to rich insights into extinction and extinction prevention encapsulating personal, corporate and cultural perceptions of extinction and its impact on people and planet.

Our world is experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction. Current extinctions are due to climate change, global warming, loss of habitat, pesticide use, poor land management. Corporate activities play a large part in causing species extinction. Business has a responsibility to protect endangered species affected by their activities. Without corporate ‘buy in’ to extinction prevention, current trends will continue. Academic accounting research has explored frameworks for corporate reporting on the environment, natural capital and biodiversity for some decades. Strong links have been found between corporate reporting and corporate action, with accounting characterised by an emancipatory, transformational potential. King with Atkins (2016) proposes an extinction accounting framework. This proactive form of corporate reporting is necessary if extinctions are to be prevented.

This PhD project will explore practical implementation of the extinction accounting framework. The scholar will adopt a grounded theory approach and will interview an extensive sample of companies, accountants, auditors, wildlife NGOs and responsible investors to explore ways in which animals and other species are ‘valued’, financially, materially, ethically, morally and culturally, drawing on research in humanities, critical literary analysis and accounting. The research should also lead to policy recommendations for the adoption of the extinction accounting framework by companies, responsible investors and NGOs. Insights from literary analysis will assist in defining the most appropriate and effective form of narrative corporate reporting on extinction. This cross-disciplinary approach should lead to rich insights into extinction and extinction prevention encapsulating personal, corporate and cultural perceptions of extinction and its impact on people and planet.

Keywords: biodiversity, extinction, climate change, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, corporate social responsibility

Subject areas: Ecology and Conservation, Accounting and Financial Management, Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility, English Language and Literature and Literary Criticism, Geography, Zoology and Animal Science, Climatology and Climate Change, Environmental Economics