The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) has held an annual conference  in the UK (often referred to as the Summer School) for more than two decades, as well as in other parts of the  world for several years in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and in both North and South Americas.

Similar to other CSEAR conferences, the 6th CSEAR France Conference will be a deliberately informal discussion forum gathering researchers, teachers, students and practitioners at all levels of experience to further  enhance research in new instruments, policies and strategies related to social and environmental accounting in  the very widest sense.

The spirit of the conference is interdisciplinary and focuses on a high level of interaction, discussion and debate  in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. As such, research papers from perspectives beyond accounting and  management control such as organizational theory, marketing, finance, strategy, etc., are welcome.

The conference will provide participants an opportunity to present their research projects, ranging from  discussing preliminary findings to full papers. Submissions are welcome in either French or English.


EMAN is an academic association that developed from a European project on environmental management  control (Ecomac project). This project built on previous work on the links between the functions of  management control and environmental management in the company, to identify possible areas for  improvement.

Since its creation in 1997, EMAN has developed its website and publications, as well as an annual conference,  to encourage the development of initiatives around environmental management control. The WBSCD (World  Business Council for Sustainable Development) is a partner of EMAN and participates in its steering  committee. Every 4/5 years, it organizes a joint conference with EMAN. Due to the increasing attention paid  to sustainable development issues, this network has now a global reach as there are now four regional EMAN  chapters (Europe, Africa, South America and Asia), all of which organize their own conferences.

This congress will be the 25th edition of the EMAN network, organized in the past for example in Prague,  Liège, Helsinki…

Key notes Speakers

For this 6th CSEAR France and 25th EMAN conference, we are pleased to welcome Professor Jan  Bebbington, as our plenary speaker. For the practitioner forum, we are equally pleased to welcome Bill Baue,  from R3.0, who will talk about how to account within planetary boundaries. Our inaugural keynote speaker (to  be confirmed) should be Rob Hopkins (May 17th). One more speaker to be announced (May 18th evening).

Speed Blogging – May 17th – limited space  

From 1pm to 5pm (French Time CEST), you are invited to participate in a speed blogging event, on the  question “Does the world need to be saved?”. Teams will be formed (in French and/or English) to create a blog  entry of maximum 1000 words, together. More info on the conference website. To register, see the general  conference registration link. Organized by Souâd Taïbi ( in case of questions)

Special Issue 

There will also be a Special Issue on “Accounting for and in the Anthropocene” (a call for papers is available  on the conference website, and on the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal website with  a deadline of September 15th 2021: and-anthropocene ). Main contact Nicolas Antheaume ( in case of  questions).

Conference theme 

According to Fischer et al. (2007), there is a widening sustainability gap between our collective trajectory as  humans, which takes us away from sustainability and the desired targets which would make us reach  sustainability. So far, all our efforts to create a sustainable future have been, so far, insufficient (Bjørn et al.  2016) as proven by the accelerating degradation of global biophysical indicators (Fischer et al. 2007). After  almost 40 years during which the words “green”, “ecological” and “sustainable” have become more and more  used (Gómez-Baggethun et Naredo 2015) this situation addresses the critical issue of how we deal with  sustainability in research, in politics and in management. There is a gap between what we know, based on  science, and what should be done.

Can accounting help fill the gap and how? The conference addresses issues related to the anthropocene and its  consequence on social & environmental accounting, performance measurement, management & strategy,  management control, measurement tools and reporting. We invite extended abstracts that include but are not  restricted to the following areas linked to the anthropocene. The conference also welcomes extended abstracts  on the general theme of the EMAN/CSEAR network, both in French and in English. Proposed themes below  (not exhaustive):

Natural resources “stewardship” Environmental/Social management accounting
Multi-capital accounting Environmental /Social & Integrated reporting
sustainable development objectives Corporate environmental performance
circular economy Environmental management and corporate  sustainability
doughnut (economics) accounts Environmental /social management and measurement  tools for management control
“Strong sustainability” accounting Carbon, water, biodiversity and waste accounting
“green”, “ecological” and “sustainable”  accounts Accounting and reporting for the SDGs
“shadow accounts” in the time of the  anthropocene Environmental/social management and corporate  sustainability
Impact assessments Other themes welcome of course
The commons governance
Multi-level accounts
Participatory accounting (dialogic accounts)


Please check the conference website: for more details. The  website will be regularly updated with important information such as accommodation and registration matters.


For more information, please see below the document:

CSEAR FR EMAN 2021 – Call for Papers fourth diffusion diffusion



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