Anna Young-Ferris

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The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Dr. Anna Young-Ferris is an established academic who works to raise consciousness in business and education, through forums such as responsible investment, corporate sustainability, integrated reporting and responsible management education. She is a sustainability and carbon accounting specialist bringing more than 15 years of academic (research and lecturing) and corporate experience.

After becoming disillusioned with the state of sustainability reporting in the corporate sector Anna joined academia in 2010 to pursue her research in the field with a focus on institutional investors and a more conscious capitalism. Her award-winning PhD study examined the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) accounting information in mainstream investment decisions and she continues to focus and publish her research in the field of institutional investment and business sustainability. She has presented her research work at numerous international settings including Harvard University, the London School of Economics and HEC Paris.

At the same time, Anna has spent two decades practicing meditation and has recently qualified as a Vedic meditation teacher. Her longer-term research program seeks to study the effects of meditation and raising consciousness as part of investment decision making.

Anna lectures in the areas of conscious capitalism; corporate sustainability accounting and integrated reporting; carbon accounting; responsible investment; and management accounting. She is an academic advisor for the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education; the leader of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Australasia Academic Network; a founding member of the Australian Business Leaders Reporting Forum for Integrated Reporting; a technical consultant for One Stone Advisors and has convened a number of research forums.

Previously, she was a climate change and sustainability management consultant at Ernst & Young. Anna graduated with Honours in Economics, her thesis examined Triple Bottom Line accounting.

Selected publications


Book Chapter

Young A, and O'Halloran L (2016) Responsible Investment in Australia The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment; Routledge, Abingdon, 149-165.


Journal Article

Hartmann F, Perego P, and Young A (2013) Carbon Accounting: Challenges for Research in Management Control and Performance Measurement Abacus, 49 (4), 539-563. [More Information]


Conference Proceedings

Young A (2012) What the models cannot see: Integrating environmental, social and governance information in investment Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference IPA 2012; Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Young A (2012) Materiality for whom: responsible investment and the societal function of listed equities PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference 2012- Evolution of Responsible Investment: Navigating Complexity; CBERN, Toronto, Canada.


Journal Article

Young A (2011) Article Review of Burritt.R, and Schaltegger.S (2009) "Sustainability accounting and reporting: fad or trend?" (Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal) Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 31 (2), 168-169. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Young A (2011) The propositions of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment: enrolling and mobilising interest Global Management Accounting Research Symposium: Emerging Scholars Forum, Sydney, Australia.

Young A (2011) Model behaviour: integrating environmental, social and corporate governance information 4th Annual Academic Conference on RI/PRI Dynamics of Responsible Investment - "Research Meets Practice"; Sustainable Investment Research Platform, Sweden.

Young A, Roberts J, and Boedker C (2011) The art of valuation: Translating environment, social and governance information Oikos Third Annual Young Scholars Finance Academy 2011:The Future of Responsible Investment.


Young A, and et al V (2011) The perspectives of Australian stakeholders on the business case for Integrated Reporting; Society for Knowledge Economics, Sydney, 1-17.


Journal Article

Young A (2010) Greenhouse gas accounting: global problem, national policy, local fugitives Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 1 (1), 89-95.

Seminar Paper

Young A, and Boedker C (2010) The art of valuation: translating social, environmental and governance information Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference CSEAR10; Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, St Andrews, UK.


Young A, and et al V (2010) Landscape Review - Australia: An overview of the regulations, standards and frameworks in place in Australia of relevance to integrated reporting and the implications for the integrated reporting framework; Australian Business Foundation.

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT2012 Management Accounting A

Newsroom articles

  • The warning in your smartphone 11 Dec 2015

    Food for Thought - Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)

    When a mobile device is switched on, it is constantly pulsing an electromagnetic and radiation-laden signal. As it is common practice to keep our smartphone in a pocket and then answer it holding it close to your head, the human body is absorbing this radiation with the potential to damage living cells in our bodies. Unfortunately, the current standard for acceptable levels of radiation exposure from mobile devices is nearly two decades old and is set based on outmoded measure of what it takes to heat a large adult male brain. Read more

  • Conscious capitalism 01 Oct 2015

    Acuity Magazine

    Anna Young-Ferris is quoted in an article about implementing conscious capitalism principles in corporations.

  • Case study: Can ESG factors really be captured like financial data? 01 Oct 2015

    Principles of Responsible Investment RI Quarterly

    Principles of Responsible Investment RI Quarterly featured research by Professor John Roberts and Dr Anna Young-Ferris that examines whether ESG factors can be captured like financial data.

  • Conscious Capitalism: a higher purpose for business? 17 Jul 2015

    The University of Sydney Business School

    Stakeholder engagement, value creation, sustainability and responsibility have become common in the parlance of contemporary business language and even sometimes practice; however the concepts of meaning, purpose, empowerment, and dare it be said selflessness, love and spirituality are not readily associated with capitalist business, until now. John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, co-founders of the Conscious Capitalism movement, along with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Patagonia, Airbnb and a host of others, are putting human beings, creativity, innovation and social cooperation at the centre of business endeavour. Read more

  • Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century 01 Jul 2015

    Do Sustainability

    Dr Anna Young-Ferris is quoted in a book that identifies the key steps companies can take to embed ethical behaviour, foster strong, shared values and manage conduct risk effectively across the organisation.

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