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CSEAR North Asia Office

Social and Environmental Accounting Research



The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) is an international scholar network that aims to enhance, promote and disseminate research and knowledge in the field of social and environmental accounting and reporting as a means to envisage and build a more sustainable society and economy.


CSEAR aspires to be a world-recognized, global community of scholars who engage with students, activists, practitioners, policy makers and other interested groups in order to generate and disseminate knowledge on social and environmental accounting and accountability. CSEAR's mission is to encourage and facilitate high quality, relevant research, teaching and external engagement with practice and policy through developing knowledge, expertise, resources and a supportive network for mentoring and career development.


CSEAR’s activities include:

  • Supporting effective sustainability accounting education
  • Conferences in the UK and around the world
  • Social and Environmental Accountability Journal
  • Regular communication via social media, websites and quarterly newsletters
  • Research projects undertaken by CSEAR
  • Sponsoring and commissioning research
  • Research training
  • Mentor emerging scholars in the field
  • Engaging with practice, the profession, NGOs, activists, government and academia
  • Making research accessible to society-at-large through communications such as press releases and non-academic articles
  • Building the network of CSEAR members, including through Partners and Satellite Offices.


About CSEAR North Asia Office

As one of the satellites of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), CSEAR North Asia Office is formally set up by PolyU SPEED.  This initiative took place subsequent to series of dialogues and initiatives taken over the past years.  In 2015, Professor Rob Gray – the founder of CSEAR was invited to be the keynote speaker for the “International Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility for Innovation and Sustainability” at Jockey Club Innovation Tower, PolyU.  The event gathered interests locally and in the region to explore perspectives of research in social and environmental accounting and reporting.


The constitution of CSEAR North Asia has resulted from the culmination of a long process of dialogue, initiatives and events organised by PolyU SPEED, including the First CSEAR North Asia Conference held in Hong Kong in 2017. It represented an important event for the future development of CSEAR North Asia for at least three reasons.


First, the conference was the first formal public event, through which CSEAR gained visibility in this region. This event was funded by Research Grants Council under the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) of Hong Kong.  Second, the Conference provided for emerging scholars in Mainland China and Asia the first formal opportunity for networking, meeting and discussion. The conference acted as a meeting point between people, ideas, passions and projects.  Third, it served as a forerunner to the organisation of the next CSEAR North Asia conferences, workshops or seminars.