Professor M. Azizul Islam

Professor M. Azizul Islam

Chair in Accountancy

Professor M. Azizul Islam
Professor M. Azizul Islam

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M. Azizul (Aziz) Islam 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 the University of Gadjah Mada (2014). 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 by Australian companies (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 the 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 article.

Aziz is currently supervising four PhD and two post-doctoral candidates.


Teaching Responsibilities

BU5850:Accounting Profession 

BU5574/75: Financial Analysis

BU5847/48: Studies in Accounting/Finance

AC4033: Accounting Theory



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  • Covid-19 and global clothing retailers’ responsibility to vulnerable workers: NGO counter-rhetoric

    Ahmad, N. A., Haque, S., Islam, M.

    Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Moral versus pragmatic legitimacy and corporate anti-bribery disclosure: Evidence from Australia

    Islam, M., Cooper, B. J., Haque, S., Jones, M.

    Accounting Forum

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Modern Slavery Disclosure Regulation and Global Supply Chains: Insights from Stakeholder Narratives on the UK Modern Slavery Act

    Islam, M., van Staden, C. J.

    Journal of Business Ethics

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Civil liberties and social and environmental information transparency: A global investigation of financial institutions

    Guo, J., Islam, M., Jain, A., van Staden, C.

    The British Accounting Review, 101018

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Accountants’ Due Diligence for SDG Transparency in the Post-Covid-19 Era

    Islam, M.


    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates

  • Corporate human rights performance and moral power: a study of retail MNCs’ supply chains in Bangladesh

    Islam, M. A., Deegan, C., Haque, S.

    Critical Perspectives On Accounting, vol. 74, 102163

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Regulating Transparency and Disclosures on Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains: A 'Conversation Starter' or a 'Tick-box excercises?

    Nolan, J., Ford, J., Islam, M. A.

    Commissioned by CPA AUSTRALIA. CPA Australia. 22 pages

    Books and Reports: Other Reports

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