Dr Yingru Li

  • Senior Lecturer (Accounting & Finance)

telephone: 01413308561
email: Yingru.Li@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 662, Adam Smith Business School, West Quadrangle, Gilbert Scott Building

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2652-0023


With a concern for social justice and fairness, Yingru is interested in research that could have policy significance and impacts on the practice of corporate accountability for human rights and sustainable economy. In translating the theoretical concerns to the practice, she is closely engaged in projects that explore human rights issues in the corporate world and how to mobilize businesses to be “better” and more responsible.

Research interests

Yingru is a member of the School's Accounting research cluster and is also co-convenor of the Glasgow Human Rights Network.

Areas of expertise:

  • Human rights and business 
  • Justice and justification in business and accounting
  • Corporate accountability 
  • Critical accounting
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • The politics of standard setting


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2023 - “What are “material” human rights issues in non-financial reporting practice?” (PI, £1500), by PRME seed research funding

2022 - Awarded with Dekaban-Liddle Junior Fellowship (£12,100) to develop research collaborations with Polish institutions on corporate accountability for human rights issues

2020 - "China’s responses to Covid-19" (Co-I, £333,963), funded by the UKRI Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research

2019 - "The role of National Human Rights Institutions in promoting human rights within private sectors" (PI, £14,224.95), funded by the Research Incentive Grant, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland


Yingru is interested in supervising projects exploring accountability practices emerged and constructed in different contexts and networks:

  • Platform accountability and network politics
  • Corporate accountability, human rights and sustainability issues
  • Individual felt accountability

She is also very interested in the moral and political conceptualization of accountability, and welcomes topics that look into justice and equality related issues in corporate world.

Current doctoral supervision


  • Accountability and human rights (honours course)
  • Accounting, image and power (honours course)
  • Human rights and business (PGT course)

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