About me

Delphine Gibassier

I am currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business. I was previously Associate Professor in Management Control and Sustainability Accounting at Toulouse Business School, France.

I obtained my PhD from HEC Paris, a Master of Research from IAE de Paris and a Master in Accounting, Auditing and Information Systems from ESC Lille (now Skema Business School). Before joining academia I work as a management controller in GE Healthcare, Danone and Syngenta, in Paris, USA and Asia.
I have the particularity of speaking four languages and having lived in China, Japan, US, UK, Canada and Germany.

My research interests are in accounting for sustainable development. I research topics such as environmental accounting (biodiversity, carbon, water), integrated reporting, SDGs, local and complementary currencies through the lenses of innovations, professions and practices. I am a member of both CSEAR and EMAN networks.

I am passionate about linking research to teaching and practice and have developed several courses, case studies and modules (“Think and Create” on sustainability innovations) linked to what I do in research. I am also passionate about developing research and teaching that have an impact on society. This is why I interact with the accounting profession to develop the interest into accounting for sustainable development, including through reports, training, and directly participating in standardization processes. I also translate research into general media outlets, including meeting with the general public in events like the Researchers’ Night in Toulouse.

Academic positions


University of Birmingham, UK, Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business, Senior Research Fellow


Toulouse Business School, Control, Accounting and Audit Department
Associate Professor of Management Control and Sustainability Accounting (from Sept. 2017 to April 2018)
Assistant Professor of Management Control and Sustainability Accounting (2013- August 2017)

Prior professional experience


Danone, Paris, France, carbon controller (12 months- during CIFRE contract)


Syngenta SAS, Guyancourt, France, financial analyst


GE Healthcare, Financial Management Program (FMP, two years); Asia, Tokyo, Japan, ERP Leader (one year); EMEA, Buc, France, financial analyst (one year)


GE Healthcare, Buc, France, financial analyst intern

Academic qualifications


HEC Paris, Accounting & Control Department, PhD
Phd advisor Hélène Löning
Phd thesis: “Environmental Management Accounting Development in France: institutionalization, adoption and practice”
Defended January 9th 2014
Highly Commended Award of the 2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category
Accessit of the 2014 ANDESE Thesis Prize
Research contract (CIFRE) with case study company: Danone


IAE de Paris (Paris Sorbonne), Master of Research


ESC Lille, Master degree in Auditing, Management Control and Information Systems (First in Class)


Tongji University, China’s 4th best university, Shanghai, China, Bachelor of business Reims Management School, Bachelor of business administration (specialization: China)

Other qualifications



Training in Intervention Research at La Fnege


Sustainability Accounting Standards Board FSA Credential


ISSP Sustainability Associate


Centre Européen de Formation Approfondie à la Gestion (CEFAG) Entreprises, Paris, France


GHG Institute, Training “Basics of Organizational GHG Accounting”