Dr Colin Dey

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Accounting & Finance University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Colin Dey

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About me

About me

Colin's critical research agenda focuses on the social and environmental impacts of organisations, and the means by which they account for and communicate those impacts. He is an elected member of the Executive Council of the Centre for Social & Environmental Accounting Research and Joint Editor of Social & Environmental Accountability Journal. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on a number of high-profile and influential projects, including: helping to develop the first systematic social account produced by a UK plc; working in conjunction with the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability charity to explore the work of pioneers in integrated reporting, and exploring role of accounting in conflicts between corporations and activists in areas such as tobacco control and biodiversity.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce


Research

Colin's research projects have explored accountability issues with a particular focus on social accounting and reporting. He has worked with the fair-trade organisation Traidcraft plc to develop new forms of social accounting and bookkeeping. He recently undertook research on behalf of Prince Charles's Accounting for Sustainability charity. This project is aimed at both practitioner and academic audiences, based around case studies of organisations participating in the project's Connected Reporting Framework initiative. Colin's other main interest is in the practice of external social accounting. External accounts are undertaken not by organisations themselves, but by others who are not part of the organisations whose conduct they consider to be unacceptable. External accounting processes and practices problematise organisational conduct from the perspective of oppressed social groups and/or ecological systems.

Outputs (31)

Outputs

Book Chapter

Dey C (2017) Ethnography, ethnomethodology and anthropology studies in accounting. In: Hoque Z, Parker L, Covaleski M & Haynes K (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Qualitative Accounting Research Methods. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting. London: Routledge, pp. 147-162. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Qualitative-Accounting-Research-Methods/Hoque-Parker-Covaleski-Haynes/p/book/9781138939677

Book Chapter

Dey C & Gibbon J (2014) External Accounts. In: Bebbington J, Unerman J & O'Dwyer B (eds.) Sustainability Accounting and Accountability. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, pp. 108-123. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415695589/

Commentary

Dey C (2013) Taking a 'Parallax View' of What We Now Know about CSEAR?. Commentary on: Correa and Laine, 2013, 'Struggling Against Like-Minded Conformity to Enliven SEAR: A Call for Passion', Social and Environmental Accountability Journal 33 (3): 134-144. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 33 (2), pp. 149-152. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2013.840541

Book Chapter

Dey C, Russell S & Thomson I (2010) Exploring the potential of shadow accounts in problematising institutional conduct. In: Osbourne S & Ball A (eds.) Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good. Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management. London: Routledge, pp. 64-75. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415806497/

Book Chapter

Collison D, Dey C, Hannah G & Stevenson L (2010) Not only economic, but also social hubris? Is child mortality in the wealthiest OECD nations a case to answer for 'Anglo-American' countries and their approach to accounting and business?. In: Tavidze A (ed.) Progress in Economics Research, Vol. 18. Progress in Economics Research, 18. New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 189-200. https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=13205

Book Chapter

Dey C & Burns J (2010) Integrated Reporting at a Novo Nordisk. In: Hopwood A, Unerman J & Fries J (eds.) Accounting for Sustainability: Practical Insights. Oxford: Earthscan, pp. 215-232. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781849710664/

Book Chapter

Gray R, Dey C, Owen D, Evans R & Zadek S (2008) Struggling with the Praxis of Social Accounting: Stakeholders, Accountability, Audits and Procedures. In: Crane A, Matten D & Spence L (eds.) Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a Global Context. First ed. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 358-400. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415424295/#Link%20to%20http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415424295/

Book Chapter

Dey C (2007) Developing Silent and Shadow Accounts. In: Unerman J, Bebbington J & O'Dwyer B (eds.) Sustainability Accounting and Accountability. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 307-326. http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9780203815281

Article

Dey C (2007) Conversations with CSEAR. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 27 (1), pp. 23-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2007.9651771

Book Chapter

Dey C, Chan L & Evans R (1998) Methodology transfer from university to industry: A struggle for meaning, accountability and control at Traidcraft plc. In: Jayaratna N, Fitzgerald B, Wood-Harper T, Larrasquet J, Checkland P & Mumford E (eds.) Training and Education of Methodology Practitioners and Researchers: Information Systems Methodologies 1997, Fifth International Conference on Information Systems Methodologies ; Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference of the British Computer Society Information Systems Methodologies Specialist Group, Held on 27 - 29th August 1997, at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. BCS Conference Series. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp. 231-242.