Dr Leonardo Rinaldi

Personal profile



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. I am also Visiting Professor at the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

My research interests are interdisciplinary in nature with a focus on how accounting and accountability practices assist organizations to become more sustainable. 

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 and Business Strategy and the Environment. My work has also been published in books edited by leading academics. 

I have co-edited 2 Special Issues of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. The first published in 2014 titled "Integrated Reporting"; the second is still ongoing and will be published in early 2018. I am also developing research in the rapidly growing area of Sustainability Governance, and I am guest editing a special issue on this topic in Social Environmental Accountability Journal.

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

I am member of the editorial board of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal and Social Environmental Accountability JournalI have also acted as 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, Business, Strategy and the Environment; Public Money and Management; Meditari Accountancy Research.



I am Fellow of the 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.



- Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
- Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS)
- 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 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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