Ian Thomson - Business in the Community
Ian Thomson sits in a light filled atrium

Ian Thomson

Professor of Responsible Business
The University of Birmingham

West Midlands Leadership Board

Professor Ian Thomson is the Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at Birmingham Business School.

Ian has been researching responsible business, sustainability, and accountability since 1990.

This research has included:

  • cleaner technology and industrial ecologies
  • stakeholder engagement risk governance in water and salmon farming
  • sustainable development indicators
  • government policy making
  • climate change
  • accounting and activism
  • human rights abuse
  • international development.

His current projects include citizen accounting, social media, football club financing and responsible business benchmarking. He has advised various Scottish Parliament’s committees, worked with Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), The Princes Charity, Business in the Community and UN World Food Programme. He is convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, a network of more than 200 international scholars. 

Prior to joining University of Birmingham he was Professor of Accounting at Heriot-Watt University, Strathclyde Business School, and an accountant in NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland. He is treasurer of the Scottish Council on Deafness and chair of C-Change, an award-winning charity dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with learning difficulties.