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Muhammad Azizul Islam

Chair in Accountancy and Professor in Sustainability Accounting and Transparency, University of Aberdeen

M. Azizul (Aziz) Islam is Chair in Accountancy and Professor in Sustainability Accounting and Transparency at the University of Aberdeen Business School. He is also Business School Lead Research and Innovation. He joined the University of Aberdeen in October, 2017 as Professor. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor in Accountancy at QUT, Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Deakin University and Lecturer in Accounting at RMIT University. He was also a faculty member at the University of Dhaka and Khulna University. Aziz is a Haskayne Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary (2016) and was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Gadjah Mada (2014). Aziz is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA Australia) and a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).

Aziz completed his PhD on corporate social and environmental disclosures at RMIT University under the supervision of Professor Craig Deegan. In line with his PhD work, his current research interests are focused on corporate accountability, sustainability and disclosures. Aziz investigates some of the specific accountability and disclosure issues including (but not limited to): corporate human rights performance, climate change accounting, social audit and corporate anti-bribery performance.

He is co-editor of a research book Sustainability after Rio (Emerald, 2015), and author of a research book Social Compliance Accounting: Managing Legitimacy in Global Supply Chains (Springer, 2015). He is an Outstanding Author Contribution Awards winner at the Emerald’s Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2013), for a book chapter entitled Online Reporting of Sustainability: A Study of Global Clothing Suppliers. Aziz’s research paper NGO collaboration and Conflict Mineral Disclosure Transparency: Evidence from Global Companies (with Professor van Staden) was accepted for presentation at the Best Concurrent Paper Session of AFAANZ Conference (2016). He also received the School’s Best Research Paper Award from Deakin in 2009.

He has externally funded research monographs on Corporate Social Disclosures within a Global Garment Industry (Funding body: ACCA UK with Professor Deegan, 2010) and Accounting for Human Rights (Funding body: CAANZ with Professor McPhail, 2014). He has also led a funded project on anti-bribery disclosure practices by Australian companies (Funding body: CAANZ, 2012-2013). In 2017, as Chief Investigator, he won a big industry grant on Social Compliance Audit Process in collaboration with CSIRO/Data61.


  • 2017–present
    Professor , University of Aberdeen Business School