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Dr Matthew Haigh

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Accounting
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Accounting and Finance
  • matthew.haigh

Professional biography

I gained my PhD and professional accounting qualifications in Australia.  My previous teaching posts include SOAS University of London, University of Southampton, Aarhus University, Toulouse Business School and the University of Amsterdam.

Research interests

My early publications researched the marketing of so-called 'socially responsible investment' products.  My post-doctoral work identified the finance sector’s treatment of transnational environmental management agreements.  My current research focuses on the historical and cultural aspects of global trade and finance, in particular, cultural tourism development, career vulnerabilities brought by regional exogenous shocks, and labour patternings in the global south.  

See, Research Gate pages, Google Scholar citations.  

Available to supervise projects on employability, business history, development, and personal finance.

Teaching interests

  • Creating and sustaining value (Open University MBA) (forthcoming)
  • Financial accounting in context (Open University BA Management) (forthcoming)

Impact and engagement

Founding editor, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment (Routledge)

External collaborations

Academic advocate, ISACA 


Environmental communications: The reader’s perspective (2015-10-31)
Haigh, Matthew
Semiotica, 207 (pp. 233-250)
Do environmental policy instruments influence fiduciaries’ decisions? (2013)
Haigh, Matthew M. and Shapiro, Matthew A.
Environment and Planning A, 45(4) (pp. 853-871)
Deconstructing myth: low-carbon sustainability (2013)
Haigh, Matthew M.
Social Semiotics, 23(1) (pp. 47-66)
Carbon reporting: Does it matter? (2012)
Haigh, Matthew and Shapiro, Matthew A.
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 25(1) (pp. 105-125)
Fiduciary finance ≠ stakeholder management: A reply to Cadman’s governance theory (2012)
Haigh, Matthew
Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment,, 2(2) (pp. 119-135)
Climate policy and financial institutions (2011)
Haigh, Matthew
Climate Policy, 11(6) (pp. 1367-1385)
Management practices in Australasian ethical investment products: a role for environmental regulation? (2010-03)
Haigh, Matthew and Guthrie, James
Business Strategy and the Environment, 19(3) (pp. 147-163)
Incorporating Sustainability into Accounting Curricula: Lessons Learnt From an Action Research Study (2010-02)
Hazelton, James and Haigh, Matthew
Accounting Education: An International Journal, 19(1-2) (pp. 159-178)
The implications of reform-oriented investment for regulation and governance (2009-04)
Haigh, Matthew and de Graaf, Frank Jan
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 20(3) (pp. 399-417)
A political economy approach to regulated Australian information disclosures (2009-04)
Haigh, Matthew and Guthrie, James
Business Ethics: A European Review, 18(2) (pp. 192-208)
The Transnational Corporation and New Corporate Citizenship Theory: A Critical Analysis (2007-09-01)
Jones, Marc T. and Haigh, Matthew
Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 27 (pp. 51-69)
A Critical Review of Relations between Corporate Responsibility Research and Practice (2007)
Haigh, Matthew and Jones, Marc T.
Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 12(1) (pp. 16-28)
Social investment: Subjectivism, sublation and the moral elevation of success (2006-12)
Haigh, Matthew
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17(8) (pp. 989-1005)
Camouflage play: Making moral claims in managed investments (2006-09)
Haigh, Matthew
Accounting Forum, 30(3) (pp. 267-283)
Managed investments, managed disclosures: financial services reform in practice (2006)
Haigh, Matthew
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 19(2) (pp. 186-204)
Financial Markets: A Tool for Social Responsibility? (2004-06)
Haigh, Matthew and Hazelton, James
Journal of Business Ethics, 52(1) (pp. 59-71)
The Transnational Corporation and New Corporate Citizenship Theory: A Critical Analysis (2015-06-01)
Jones, Marc T. and Haigh, Matthew
In: McIntosh, Malcolm ed. Business, Capitalism and Corporate Citizenship: A Collection of Seminal Essays (pp. 129-152)
ISBN : 9781783531868 | Publisher : Greenleaf | Published : Leeds
Challenges in responsible investment research (2015)
Haigh, Matthew
In: Hebb, Tessa; Hawley, James P.; Hoepner, Andreas G.F.; Neher, Agnes L. and Wood, David eds. The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting (pp. 536-542)
ISBN : 9780415624510 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Climate change and health: from adaptation towards a solution (2014)
Butler, C. D.; Stott, R.; Bowen, K.; Haigh, Matthew; Smith, B.; Braidwood, M. and Bowles, D. C.
In: Butler, Colin D. ed. Climate Change and Global Health (pp. 284-292)
ISBN : 9781780642659 | Publisher : CABI International
Incorporating Sustainability into Accounting Curricula: Lessons Learnt From an Action Research Study (2013-03-26)
Hazelton, James and Haigh, Matthew
In: Sangster, Alan and Wilson, Richard M.S. eds. Liberalising the Accounting Curriculum in University Education
ISBN : 9780415659802 | Publisher : Routledge
Stakeholders in Climate Policy Instruments: What Role for Financial Institutions? (2013)
Haigh, Matthew
In: Cadman, Timothy ed. Climate Change and Global Policy Regimes: Towards Institutional Legitimacy. International Political Economy Series (pp. 111-124)
ISBN : 978-1-349-43493-0 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
Disclosing climate risk to investors: Is corporate reporting giving investors what they need? (2012)
Haigh, Matthew and Guthrie, Lois
In: Jackson, Felicia ed. Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure: An Executive Guide to Monitoring and Disclosing Climate Risk (pp. 37-42)
ISBN : 9780955372094 | Publisher : Environmental Finance
Activism in European Pension Funds: Exerting Pressure on Intermediaries (2011)
de Graaf, Frank Jan and Haigh, Matthew
In: Sun, William; Louche, Céline and Pérez, Roland eds. Finance and Sustainability: Towards a New Paradigm? A Post-Crisis Agenda. Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability (2) (pp. 119-143)
ISBN : 978-1-78052-092-6 | Publisher : Emerald
What Counts in Social Managed Investments: Evidence from an International Survey (2007)
Haigh, Matthew
In: Lehman, Cheryl R. ed. Envisioning a New Accountability. Advances in Public Interest Accounting (pp. 35-62)
ISBN : 978-0-7623-1462-1 | Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing Limited