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 a Professor in Sustainability Accounting & Transparency, Chair in Accountancy, and the Director of Research for the Accounting Discipline at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Aziz is a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).

Aziz has 24+ years of experience in academia, including various leadership roles. He won the School's Award for Excellence in Administration and Support, and the Dean's Award for Team Teaching Excellence in 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. His research has been funded by various organizations, including ACCA (UK), CPA (Australia), CAANZ, CSIRO/Data61, UK AHRC, and GCRF-Scottish Funding Council.  Notably, he has received two prestigious grants (UK AHRC and GCRF-Scottish Funding Council) for two projects on corporate accountability in relation to modern slavery.

Aziz has received several awards for his research, including two Vice-Chancellor Excellence awards for his research project (2022) and research impact (2023), respectively. He was also a finalist for the Green Gown Award in association with UKRI for two consecutive years (2022, 2023), and he was a finalist for the Project of The Year category at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2023.

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 BBC, The Guardian, Aljazeera, The Times, Sunday Post, Conversation, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Prothom Alo, IFAC-Gateway, Accountingweb and 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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