Accounting and sustainability are inseparably linked says Professor Carol Adams CA, who considers by herself a citizen of the world.
Last time we spoke, Professor Carol Adams CA was in her office in Melbourne, Australia. This time she’s in an apartment in Durham, UK. Next time, who knows? She has lived in Germany, Australia, Bermuda, England and Scotland, and worked in countless other parts of the world. She is never quite sure where her career will lead her, and Carol is perfectly comfortable with that.
“Where am I from? All over really,” she says. “My father was in the Merchant Navy so we travelled a lot, but I primarily grew up in the Bermuda, England and Scotland.”
“Fourteen years ago I moved from Glasgow, where it rains quite a lot, to Melbourne. The idea of bringing up kids in Australia was very appealing and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.”
In Australia Carol, an ICAS member, took a job as a Professor of Accounting at Monash University. Here she continued the research that has been a theme of much of her career – sustainability and accounting. She is now a member of the Sustainability Committee at ICAS, further developing, focussing and promoting the vital connection between numbers and effects.