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Dr Longxiang Zhao BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

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Research Associate in Sustainable Accounting & Finance

Dr Longxiang Zhao joined Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics in February 2021. He previously held posts as an Academic Tutor at the University of Sheffield International College and a member of Teaching Faculty at the University of Sheffield and the University of Reading, whilst studying for his PhD. His PhD thesis focused on biodiversity accounting and accountability in a Chinese context.

Longxiang is currently working as a Research Associate as part of a new Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials (ICEC-MCM) being funded by UKRI, conducting research on enabling capital investment projects for a circular economy, thus, to support the transition to a Circular Economy for construction materials in infrastructure.

The ICEC-MCM is one of five new circular economy research centres funded by the UK Government to help reduce waste, energy and pollution in UK industries. Loughborough University is leading one of the three ‘challenges’ in the ICEC-MCM. 

Longxiang is committed to strive for a better world for humans and nature, his research interests are in the following areas:

  • Sustainable accounting and finance
  • Social and environmental accounting and accountability
  • Biodiversity accounting
  • Extinction accounting
  • Circular Economy


  • Zhao, L., (2022). Exploring a Mechanism with Emancipatory Potential for ‘Business and Biodiversity’ in China. In Extinction Governance, Finance and Accounting (pp. 372-391). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003045557-22
  • Zhao, L., and Atkins, J. (2021). Assessing the Emancipatory Nature of Chinese Extinction Accounting. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 41(1-2), pp.8-36. DOI:10.1080/0969160x.2021.1889386
  • Zhao, L. and Atkins, J., (2018). Panda accounting and accountability: Preventing giant panda extinction in China 熊猫. In Around the World in 80 Species (pp. 359-388). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780429437397-19