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Research in Sustainablility Accounting

  • Teacher(s):   G.Melloni  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 0.0h. course (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting, Control and Finance



This course offers an introduction to research in sustainability accounting and intends to support students in their dissertation work towards conducting an independent research project.

The learning objectives are to develop knowledge and skills useful to critically conduct a literature review; identify and define an interesting research question(s) and the theoretical framework, choose and describe an appropriate research method; analyse and present the research findings; discuss and interpret results in lights of previous studies; identify contributions, implications and limitations.

After this course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamental steps of the research process using relevant sustainability accounting studies to illustrate it.


Topics covered include:

- Sustainability accounting research: fundamental concepts;

- Reviewing the literature: search process and results synthesis;

- Research aims and theoretical framework: identification and definition of research question(s); theoretical background and hypothesis development;

- Research design: quantitative and qualitative methods; data collection and analysis;

- Research findings: presentation and discussion;

- Research conclusions: contributions, implications and limitations.


Relevant readings will be provided by the instructor.




First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

- Article in class presentation and discussion (40%).

- Research project in class presentation and discussion (40%).

- Class participation (20%).


Without exam (cf. terms)  

Students who fail the course and are tested in a retake-session will produce a written report to discuss a research paper (50%) and to present their own research project (50%).

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