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A comparative study of Corporate Environmental and Social and Governance (ESG) reporting in the UK and Australia


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Mr M Whittington , Prof Glennda Scully , Prof Fran Ackermann No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Large companies have had an increased focus on reporting their non-financial responsibilities and performance. This has been encouraged by governments, sometimes through legislation, and by major international agencies. Rationales for a company reporting more than the legal minimum are multi-faceted. For some years, this development happened alongside traditional financial reporting, but the concept of Integrated Reporting, where a company seeks to present a more holistic report of its performance, has been gaining ground and acceptance in many jurisdictions.

We are seeking to supervise a PhD focused on the changing emphasis of reporting in both the UK and Australia with the aims of investigating:

i) Whether ESG remains a penumbra of corporate reporting or has become more central and of strategic focus;
ii) Informing the debate about how best the governments and agencies can encourage corporate reporting and the behaviour behind
the reporting.

Applicants should include a research outline of their intended focus within the area described above. This should include draft research questions, a brief synopsis of the relevant literature, research methodology(ies) to be adopted and an anticipated timeline for the project. Note that this scholarship is based in Aberdeen (Scotland) for years 1 and 3 and in Curtin (Perth, Australia) for year 2.The lead supervisor is based in Aberdeen; though the PhD will be jointly awarded by the University of Aberdeen and Curtin University.

Funding Notes

Fully funded studentship that includes an (international) tuition fee scholarship and stipend of £14,777 per annum in the UK (the first and third years) and AU$27,082 per annum in Australia (the second year). £1,500 will be available for outward and inbound travel to Perth. This funding does not make provision for the costs associated with visas.


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