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Professor Gunnar Rimmel

Professor of Accounting and Corporate Reporting

Director of HARP
BISA Research Division Lead

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  • Accounting for Sustainability, 
  • Biodiversity accounting, 
  • Non-financial disclosures, 
  • Stakeholder reporting, 
  • ESG engagement, SRI & Green Finance


G24, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Gunnar Rimmel is a full professor and holds the Chair in Accounting and Corporate Reporting at Henley Business School. He is founder and director of The Henley Centre for Accounting Research & Practice (HARP) and the Research Division Lead of BISA.

Gunnar Rimmel previously worked in Sweden as full professor in Accounting at Jönköping International Business School and Gothenburg Research Institute at the University of Gothenburg. He received his PhD in 2003 for the thesis “Human Resource Disclosures” from the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.

During the past 10 years he has been leading research programmes such as "Accounting for Sustainability - communication through integrated reporting", “Accounting Communications - trust in numbers, text and images”, and “Accounting Communication II – practice and change”. These projects have attracted 5.7M SEK in competitive external funding by the Handelsbanken research foundations as well as from the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Foundation.

He is active in a number of associations, notably in the European Accounting Association (EAA). He was Secretary General the EAA's 28th Annual Congress in Gothenburg in 2005, and has been on the EAA management board as well as Co-Chair and Chair of the Conference Committee. He is currently a member of the EAA Stakeholder Reporting Committee.

Gunnar Rimmel's research and teaching interests include Accounting for Sustainability, Biodiversity Accounting, Non-financial Disclosures, Stakeholder Reporting and ESG engagement, SRI & Green Finance.

Reference: Rimmel, G. (2021) Angry birds – the use of International Union for the Conservation of Nature categories as biodiversity disclosures in extinction accounting. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 41 (1-2). pp. 98-123. ISSN 2156-2245 doi:
Reference: Song, H. (M.) and Rimmel, G. (2020) Heterogeneity in CSR activities: is CSR investment monotonically associated with earnings quality? Accounting Forum, 45 (1). pp. 1-29. ISSN 1467-6303 doi:
Reference: Rimmel, G. , Inwinkl, P., Lindstrand, A. and Ohlsson, I. (2018) Female representation on Swedish corporate boards. In: Aluchna, M. and Aras, G. (eds.) Women on Corporate Boards: An International Perspective. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 169-182. ISBN 9781138740181
Reference: Rimmel, G. (2018) Human capital disclosures in Swedish state-owned enterprises - a comparison of integrated reporting versus traditional reporting. In: Arvidsson, S. (ed.) Challenges in Managing Sustainable Business: Reporting, Taxation, Ethics and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 55-75. ISBN 9783319932651 doi:
Reference: Michalak, J., Krasodomska, J., Rimmel, G. , Sort, J. and Trzmielak, D. (2017) Intellectual capital management in public universities? In: Guthrie, J., Dumay, J., Ricceri, F. and Nielsen, C. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Intellectual Capital. Routledge. ISBN 9781138228214 doi:
Reference: Rimmel, G. , Diogenis, B. and Kristina , J. (2017) Revival of the fittest? Intellectual Capital in Swedish companies. In: The Routledge Companion to Intellectual Capital. Routledge. ISBN 9781138228214 doi:
Reference: Michalak, J., Rimmel, G. , Beusch, P. and Jonäll, K. (2017) Business model disclosures in corporate reports. Journal of Business Models, 5 (1). pp. 51-73. ISSN 2246-2465 doi:
Reference: Kristina, J. and Rimmel, G. (2016) Corporate bee accountability among Swedish companies. In: Atkins, J. and Atkins, B. (eds.) The Business of Bees. Greenleaf Publishing, pp. 260-276. ISBN 9781783535224
Reference: Rimmel, G. , Jonåll, K. and Inwinkl, P. (2016) Kapitel 2 - Redovisningens föreställningsramar (in Swedish, Chapter 2 – Conceptual frameworks). In: Rimmel, G. and Jonäll, K. (eds.) Redovisningsteorier. Sanomautbildning, Sweden, pp. 29-40. ISBN 9789152318163
Reference: Rimmel, G. and Jon'll, K. (2016) Redovisning för hållbarhet - kommunikation genom integrerad rapportering (Accounting for sustainability –communication through integrated reporting). Organisation & Samhälle , 3 (1). pp. 44-48. ISSN 2001-9114
Reference: Baboukardos, D. and Rimmel, G. (2016) Value relevance of integrated reporting disclosures: evidence from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 35 (4). pp. 437-452. ISSN 0278-4254 doi:
Reference: Rimmel, G. and Jonäll, K. (2016) Kapitel 1 - Om redovisning och redovisningsteorier (in Swedish, Chapter 1 – About accounting and accounting theories). In: Rimmel, G. and Jonäll, K. (eds.) Redovisningsteorier. Sanomautbildning, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 15-28. ISBN 52318263
Reference: Nielsen, C., Rimmel, G. and Yosano, T. (2015) Outperforming markets: IC and the long-term performance of Japanese IPOs. Accounting Forum, 39 (2). pp. 83-96. ISSN 0155-9982 doi:
Reference: Baboukardos , D. and Rimmel, G. (2014) Goodwill under IFRS: relevance and disclosures in an unfavorable environment. Accounting Forum, 38 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0155-9982 doi:
Reference: Rimmel, G. and Jonäll, K. (2013) Biodiversity reporting in Sweden: corporate disclosure and preparers’ views. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 25 (5). pp. 746-778. ISSN 0951-3574 doi:

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