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Research interests

Sustainability and social accounting; Technological accounting and finance; Financial reporting; Accounting pedagogy and public engagement

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Dr Claire Li is a Lecturer in Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London. Claire holds BBA (Hons), MSc and PhD in Accounting and Finance from Hong Kong and the UK. Before joining Royal Holloway, Claire was an Assistant Professor in Accounting at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Claire also has worked as an auditor specialised in the Institutional Firms Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited (PwC) in Hong Kong and as a management executive in sustainability accounting, internal control and risk management in a listed company in Hong Kong.

Claire teaches in the areas of financial accounting and reporting at Royal Holloway, University of London and has teaching experience in accounting theory and management accounting at other higher education institutions. 

Claire is a lead supervisor of several Doctor of Business Administration and Ph.D studentships in areas including: An investigation into the association between gold mining firms’ stock price, gold commodity price and environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. The impact of risk appetite on sustainability practices and performance evidenced by the financial services sector in South Africa. Along with supervision of Bachelor and MSc student research projects on sustainability accounting and reporting, ESG practices and performance, and sustainability finance. Claire also was an internal examiner of a PhD studentship in the area of exploring the drivers of voluntary ESG disclosure in Western European banks. Claire is now joint supervising one PhD student with Professor Christopher Napier on sustainability reporting. 

Claire is accepting PhD students.


The Digital Organisation and Society (DOS) Research Centre
Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS)
Accounting and Financial Management
School of Business and Management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Ph.D Examiner, Heriot Watt University

Sept 2022Dec 2022

Lead supervisor of 2 Doctor of Business Administration studentships, Heriot Watt University

30 May 20221 Jun 2025


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