Dr Leonardo Rinaldi

Personal profile

 

Overview 

I am Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the School of Management. Before working at RHUL, I was a research fellow at the University of Florence (Italy) where I obtained a Laurea cum Laude in “Economia e Commercio” (equivalent to First Class Honours degree in BSc in Business and distinction MSc in Accounting) and a PhD in Business Administration. 

My interdisciplinary research uses qualitative methods to explore how accounting and accountability practices assist organisations in becoming more sustainable. My main research activities focus on two themes relating to accounting for sustainability research. The first is concerned with problematising existing accounting practices looking at their effectiveness in facilitating sustainable transformation or in perpetuating unsustainable practices. The second is concerned with the implications of calculative practices in organisational decision making and operations which have a social and/or environmental impact. This research has included interdisciplinary studies on integrated reporting, stakeholder engagement, sustainability performance management, sustainability governance, water accounting and accountability.

I have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders for my research, which has been published in world-leading peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals such as Accounting, Organizations and SocietyAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, The British Accounting Review, Accounting Forum, Business Strategy and the Environment, and Social Environmental Accountability Journal. My work has also been published in books edited by leading academics. 

I have co-edited 2 Special Issues of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal on 'Integrated Reporting'. The first published in 2014 (Vol. 27 Issue 7) titled "Integrated Reporting"; the second published in early 2018 (Vol. 31 Issue 5) titled "Case study insights from the implementation of Integrated Reporting. I also guest-edited a special issue on 'Sustainability Governance' in Social Environmental Accountability Journal published in 2019 (Vol. 39, Issue 1).

I have obtained numerous honours, awards and grants, and have experience in organising interdisciplinary international conferences and workshops.  

I am co-Editor of Accounting Forum (ad-hoc) and member of the editorial board of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Accounting Forum and Social Environmental Accountability JournalI have also acted as an ad-hoc reviewer for several leading international peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Management Studies, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, European Accounting Review, Business & Society, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting Forum, and Business, Strategy and the Environment.

I also held Visiting Professorial positions overseas at the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), the University of Trento (Italy) and the University of Bergamo (Italy).

 

Teaching

I am Fellow of the prestigious Higher Education Academy from 2012. In 2014, I won the School of Management Teaching Prize for being a top performer in postgraduate teaching. In the same year, I was also awarded the Certificate of Commendation for the College Teaching Prize in recognition of his excellence in Teaching at College level, for the conscious embedding of engagement, belonging and employability for postgraduate students. In 2016 I was nominated within the top 3 finalists for the School of Management Excellence in Teaching Award 2016.

I was appointed as Guest Lecturer in a senior undergraduate management accounting course (AC310) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for the Academic Years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, and I hold extensive experience in teaching at University level in the UK, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

Affiliations 

- Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
- Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS)
- Centre for Critical and Historical Research ON Organization and Society (CHRONOS)
- British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

 

Other leadership roles

At RHUL School of Management, I was co-director of the Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS).

In my capacity of accounting expert, I was appointed as reviewer for the Italian REF, implemented by the Research and University Evaluation Agency (ANVUR) for the evaluation of the Italian research system for the period 2011-2014 (VQR 2011-2014).

I am a selected member of Heathrow’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainability Think Tank (2019)

I have served as a PhD internal and external examiner as well as a member of international assessment panels. I am also PhD co-supervisor and advisor at Royal Holloway.

 

PhD Supervision opportunities.

I welcome proposals from well-qualified prospective PhD students wishing to undertake theoretical or qualitative empirical research in the areas of Sustainability Reporting, Sustainability Governance and Accounting for Sustainability. 

 

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