Professor M. Azizul Islam

Professor M. Azizul Islam
Professor M. Azizul Islam
Professor M. Azizul Islam


Chair in Accountancy

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+44 (0)1224 272710
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825 MacRobert Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
581 King Street
AB24 5UA

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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.


Teaching Responsibilities

BU5850:Accounting Profession 

BU5574/75: Financial Analysis

BU5847/48: Studies in Accounting/Finance

AC4033: Accounting Theory


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