Chair in Accountancy
Muhammad Azizul Islam (Aziz) is Chair in Accountancy and Professor in Sustainability Accounting & Transparency at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Aziz was a Haskayne Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary (2016) and was a distinguished visiting professor at University of Gadjah Mada (2014) and University of Indonesia (2022). Aziz is a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).
Aziz has been involved in academia for over 20 years, in which time he has held various academic leadership and administrative roles. During his early career, he received the School’s Award for Excellence in Administration and Support and the Dean’s Award for Team Teaching Excellence (2011).
Aziz is widely recognised internationally as a leading sustainability accounting researcher. He investigates some of the specific sustainability accounting and transparency issues including (but not limited to): corporate human rights measures, climate change accounting, social audit and corporate anti-bribery measures. As an ECR, he led a funded project on anti-bribery disclosure practices (CAANZ, 2012-2013). In early 2017, as Chief Investigator, he won a large industry grant on Social Compliance Audit Process in collaboration with CSIRO/Data61. In late 2017, in collaboration with UNSW and ANU, he won a grant from CPA Australia to investigate Regulatory Disclosures on Modern Slavery. Currently, Aziz is the recipient of two prestigious grants (UK AHRC and GCRF-Scottish Funding Council) for two projects on corporate accountability in relation to modern slavery.
Aziz’s research appears in internationally recognised journals (ABDC A*/A, ABS 4*/3*, FT's top 50). His research findings attract widespread media attention and influence policy changes. His research-based opinions appear in Conversation, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Prothom Alo, The Times-Raconteur, IFAC-Gateway, ICAEW feature articles.
Aziz is currently supervising four PhD and two post-doctoral candidates.
BU5574/75: Financial Analysis
BU5847/48: Studies in Accounting/Finance
AC4033: Accounting Theory
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Environmental AccountingChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Modern slavery and the accounting professionBritish Accounting Review, vol. 55, no. 3, 101174Contributions to Journals: Articles
Rana Plaza: ten years after the Bangladesh factory collapse, we are no closer to fixing modern slaveryThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Impact of Global Clothing Retailers' Unfair Practices on Bangladeshi Suppliers During Covid-19Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen. 21 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
Modern Slavery Disclosure Regulation and Global Supply Chains: Insights from Stakeholder Narratives on the UK Modern Slavery ActJournal of Business Ethics, vol. 180, pp. 455–479Contributions to Journals: Articles
Social Contagion and the Institutionalisation of GRI-based Sustainability Reporting PracticesMeditari Accountancy Research, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1291-1308Contributions to Journals: Articles
Covid-19 and global clothing retailers’ responsibility to vulnerable workers: NGO counter-rhetoricAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 216-228Contributions to Journals: Articles
Moral versus pragmatic legitimacy and corporate anti-bribery disclosure: Evidence from AustraliaAccounting Forum, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 30-56Contributions to Journals: Articles
Civil liberties and social and environmental information transparency: A global investigation of financial institutionsThe British Accounting Review, vol. 54, no. 1, 101018Contributions to Journals: Articles
Tackling modern slavery: a sustainability accounting perspectiveFuturum, vol. 12, pp. 20-23Contributions to Journals: Articles