James Bonner, PhD Candidate

James is a second year PhD student based in the Accounting and Finance department at the University of Strathclyde, undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD linked to the Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme. With his research spanning across business and engineering faculties, his supervisors are Dr. Andrea Coulson (Accounting) and Prof. Robert Kalin (Civil and Environmental Engineering).


James has a BSc (Hons) in Technology and Business Studies (Accounting and Manufacturing Engineering), and a MSc in Environmental Studies. He has previous work experience as a transport and planning consultant, and furthermore as an independent researcher working on a variety of sustainability themes.

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Community accounts of water in rural Malawi

Research overview

  • Research Question: How do communities in Malawi relate to, and value, water?

  • Why is this important? Understanding and interpreting ways in which social, environmental and economic factors intersect in a specific context is fundamental to the long term sustainability of water provision. The research seeks to utilise information collected from various sources and methods in Malawi to build a picture that will help inform the project, as well as contributing to sustainability and development accounting literature and knowledge.

  • SDG links: Primarily SDG 6- clean water and sanitation, with strong links to other SDGs 1- No Poverty, 5- Gender equality, 9- Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation, 11- Sustainable cities and communities, 16- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Conceptualising some of the various social, environmental and economic/financial factors that influence how communities ‘value’ water in Malawi

Research outputs

To view James’s research outputs, please use the relevant links below:


Extra activities

  • Research Assistant in the Accounting & Finance department undertaking ongoing research on Living Wages, and other evolving sustainability themes.

  • Active participation and links to Sustainable Strathclyde, the university’s central community for sustainability activities and efforts.

Other research interests

  • Cycling, transport, place-making and outdoors. ​

  • Art and science links and cross-overs

My favourite thing to do: cycle touring!

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