Engaging with the IPCC on Climate Finance: A Call to Action and Platform for Social and Environmental Accounting Scholars

Ian Thomson*, Robert Charnock

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has entered a new era, with insights from the social sciences now seen as critical to informing global policymaking decisions on the climate crisis. Previously, economists dominated the social science contribution through their proactive engagement with climate related intergovernmental bodies such as the IPCC. While this dominance has been criticised by academics from other disciplines, arguably they were somewhat complicit by their silence or assumptions that they would be sought out for input. It is worth noting that the IPCC does not commission research, but rather derives all its findings from existing scientific publications. However, the IPCC scientists need to know where to look for this work and for the content of these publications to be easily assimilated into their interdisciplinary deliberative processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSocial and Environmental Accountability Journal
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Special thanks are due to Michelle Rodrigue and Helen Tregidga for welcoming and nurturing this special issue as well as their guidance throughout the process. We are also deeply indebted to the contributing authors and reviewers whose dedication, care and energy has, in our view, produced an superb foundation upon which social and environmental accounting scholars can strengthen their engagement with organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Finally, we must acknowledge Jim Skea’s 2019 Leading Thinkers Lecture at the University of Birmingham, UK, on The United Nations IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C: Implications and what comes next. This event and Prof. Skea’s subsequent encouragement to the Guest Editors served as the catalyst for this special issue.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.


  • Climate change
  • Climate finance
  • IPCC
  • Research impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting


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