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Dr Maria Balatbat

+61 2 9385 5808

My research interests include environmental and social accounting, corporate reporting and assurance of non-financial information such as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and the value relevance of these information to the capital markets. I am also a founding member of a UNSW network, the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). I have been teaching financial accounting in the undergraduate and postgraduate accounting programs for several decades. Recently, I have developed a postgraduate course on reporting for climate change and sustainability which is now taught to business, engineering and environmental studies students. I also teach and have co-developed a course on Integrated Reporting, a new course in the Business School that is accredited by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Before joining UNSW, I worked as a Teaching Fellow at Nanyang Business School, Singapore and a Lecturer and RJ Chambers scholar at the University of Sydney. I have published my works in Australian and international refereed journals. Prior to my academic career, I have worked as a consultant and auditor in large accounting firms in the US and Asia. I am a Fellow at CPA Australia and a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Research activities

In recent years, I have worked in the evaluation of environmental and social dimensions in corporate reporting and the connectivity of these aspects to the value creation of organisations in the Built Environment Sector. Most notable is my involvement as Lead Investigator in a Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living project that developed a Built Environment Impact Framework and a Decision Making Tool to measure and value the economic, social and environmental impact of projects in the Built Environment Sector. I also examine how the capital markets perceive the disclosure of Environmental, Social and Governance indicators. I am also currently working on developing indicators for the reporting of sustainable value creation.