North American CSEAR Conference

CSEAR Conference


The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) has held an annual conference in the United Kingdom (often referred to as the Summer School) for more than two decades.

After previous conferences on the eastern coasts of the American continent in Montréal, Canada (July 2008 and May 2011) and Orlando, Florida (January 2010), the CSEAR North America Congress has ventured into the Wild West to San Diego, California. The 2013 North American CSEAR Conference will be January 3-5, 2013 at the University of San Diego, hosted by the School of Business Administration and the Ahlers Center for International Business.

Similar to the CSEAR UK Summer School, the Congress will be a deliberately informal gathering of researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners concerned with social and environmental accounting, teaching and research in the very widest sense. Limited to a maximum of 60 delegates, the emphasis is on a high level of interaction, discussion, and debate in a friendly, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere with all aspects of social, environmental and sustainability theory and practice in accounting and other disciplines.

Professor Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews, School of Management and Director of the St. Andrews Sustainability Institute is scheduled to be the plenary speaker.

The CSEAR San Diego Organizing Committee is comprised of the following individuals from the University of San Diego:

  • Jason Chen, Chair
  • Abby Liu, Member
  • Jillian Phillips, Member

The CSEAR San Diego Scientific Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Michelle Rodrigue, Chair, Universite Laval
  • Jason Chen, University of San Diego
  • Jennifer Chen, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
  • Charles Cho, ESSEC Business School

Call for Papers

Theme: "Socially Responsible Businesses and Leaders in a Diverse and Fast-Changing Global Environment"

Both full and research-in-progress papers are welcome. The deadline to submit full or research-in-progress papers (MS Word or PDF) isOctober 15, 2012. Conference organizers will inform authors of the decision by October 31, 2012. Early registration deadline is November 15, 2012.

Please email all submissions to:

In addition, papers presented at the 2013 North American CSEAR Conference will be considered for inclusion in the publication Advances in Environmental Accounting and Management Additional information can be found on their call for papers webpage.

Discounted CSEAR membership for Conference Registrants

With your registration to the 2013 North American CSEAR Conference, you are eligible to enroll or renew your CSEAR membership at a discounted rate of $73.00. Your CSEAR membership includes electronic access to the Social and Environmental Accounting Journal. Please visit the registration page to take advantage of this special offer.


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Jason Chen at OR Ms. Erin Kellaway at