My keen interest on biodiversity accounting is inspired by Professor Jill Atkins, who was my Master subject lecturer in Henley Business School. Under Jill’s enlightenment I start my PhD in Henley Business School with awarded university Scholarship. Same terms are applied when I transfer to Sheffield University Management School with my supervisor Jill. My research focus on biodiversity accounting and accountability in China, especially in extractive industry. My research approach is mainly based on qualitative research methods (e.g. qualitative/interpretive content analysis, grounded theory). I am an active member in various academic communities such as The Centre for Social and Environmental Research (CSEAR) and British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), and actively participate in different conferences. I have recently won the Best Paper Award (AFM Division) at the inaugural SUMS Doctoral Conference in Sheffield. I have sufficient teaching experiences in various subjects (e.g. Corporate Governance and Ethics, Introduction to Accounting, Financial Management) and levels (e.g. Foundation, Undergraduate, Master). Currently I am teaching Financial Management tutorials in Sheffield University Management School and Introduction to Accounting seminars in The University of Sheffield International College.
Professor Jill Atkins
Professor Jim Haslam
The current status of Chinese listed extractive companies' accounting and accountability for biodiversity.
Scope of Research (aims and objectives)
Biodiversity accounting and accountability in China
Zhao, L. and Atkins, J. 2015. Panda Accounting and Accountability. In: 27th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research. Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, England. 25th-27th August 2015.
Zhao, L. and Atkins, J. 2016. Biodiversity Accounting and Accountability in China: Too Early or Too Late? Current Perceptions from Non-shareholding stakeholders. In 3rd International Conference on Governance, Accountability & Responsible Investment. Henley Business School - Greenlands, University of Reading, Reading, England. 18th-20th April 2016.
Zhao, L. and Atkins, J. 2016. Biodiversity Accounting and Accountability in China: Current perceptions from different stakeholders. In International Conference on Qualitative Research in Corporate Governance. Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England. 21st December 2016.
Zhao, L. and Atkins, J. 2017. Biodiversity Reporting in China: Do we really care?. In: 29th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research. University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland. 29th-31st August 2017.
Zhao, L. and Atkins, J. Panda under threat of extinction: how the ‘national treasure’ of China becomes endangered, what have been done to save them, and what can be done in future? . In: Atkins, J. and Atkins, B. ed. Around the World in 80 Species: Exploring the Business of Extinction (forthcoming). Greenleaf Publishing.