Professor of Accounting, Durham University

Carol Adams is an internationally renowned author with over 7,000 citations to her work in sustainability and financial accounting and reporting including books and articles in leading peer reviewed accounting journals. She is a Professor at Durham University and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.

Carol provides advice on integrating sustainability to senior executives and finance professionals in companies, universities, public sector organisations and NGOs around the world. She writes on her website Towards Sustainable Business at

Carol has led the development of international award winning sustainability reports and award winning sustainability management and governance processes.

She has been involved in various global corporate reporting initiatives and is currently a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative, the Sustainability Committee of ICAS, the ACCA's Global Forum on Sustainability and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board's Technical Working Group. She was a member of the Capitals Technical Collaboration Group for the International Integrated Reporting Council and Fuji Xerox's Sustainability Advisory Board.

She has a financial audit background qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland with KPMG and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and a PhD in international corporate reporting from the University of Glasgow. She is an experienced Board Director, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has passed the Graduate Diploma and Mastering the Boardroom courses.

Publications and citations listed at
Profile at


Second Sustainability Report, Creating Futures (2011), ranked fifth in global awards, competing with experienced multinational reporters. Corporate Register In addition, it was ranked 5th for relevance and materiality, 8th for honesty and openness and 2nd for credibility through assurance.

Best first time sustainability report. Won for 2010 Sustainability Report, Responsible Futures. Corporate Register Global awards, competing with multinational companies.

Best first time reporter award, ACCA, Awarded for 2010 sustainability report, Responsible Futures.

Runner up, sustainability reporting category, Australasian Reporting Awards, Awarded for first sustainability report published in 2010, Responsible Futures, competing against experienced reporters.

Continuous improvement – institutional change, Green Gown Awards, 2011, The award was made for sustainability governance and management systems.

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales Academic Fellowship, 1994-1998: Approx. 15 awarded p.a. through an application and interview process.


  • 2014–present
    Board Member, Chisholm Institute
  • 2015–present
    Professor, Durham University
  • 2013–2015
    Professor , Monash University
  • 2010–2012
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability), La Trobe University
  • 2010–2010
    Acting Dean, Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University
  • 2005–2009
    Professor, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University
  • 2004–2005
    Professor & Head, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University
  • 2002–2004
    Professor & Head, School of Business & Economics (Gippsland), Monash University
  • 1992–2002
    Lecturer, SL, Professor & Head, Dept of Accounting & Finance, Glasgow University
  • 1981–1987
    Financial audit, KPMG


  • 2000 
    Glasgow University, PhD International Corporate Reporting
  • 1990 
    LSE, MSc Accounting and Finance


  • 2014
    Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Accounting for Society and the Environment,
  • 2014
  • 2013
    Understanding Integrated Reporting: The Concise Guide to Integrated Thinking and the Future of Corporate Reporting,

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Accountant (ICAS)
  • Company Director (GAICD)
  • FCPA
  • FCCA

Research Areas

  • Sustainability Accounting And Reporting (150106)
  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement (150303)