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Dr. Mercy Denedo

Assistant Professor in Accounting


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Mercy Denedo is an Assistant Professor in Accounting. Before joining Durham in November 2017, she was a doctoral student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Heriot-Watt University. Her undergraduate and MSc degrees were in Accounting from Delta State University, Nigeria and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge respectively.

Underlining Mercy’s research is interest in social and environmental issues that affect our everyday realities from a critical perspective. Mercy’s research is concerned with how accounting or other alternative forms of accounting could be used to facilitate stakeholders’ engagement, improve governance and accountability, organisational decision making, their everyday operations and the everyday realities of voiceless stakeholders.

She aspires to conduct, and supervise doctoral research embedded within these core research interests. She is interested in exploring and supervising interdisciplinary studies on sustainability and human rights accounting, accountability and governance research within a conflict and environmentally polluted arena, counter accounts, NGOs accountability, social housing and public-sector accounting in developed and developing countries to influence policies and practices.

Mercy’s research has been presented at international conferences, seminars and doctoral colloquia including those organised by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting, the Alternative Accounts Conference, Aston Business School Accounting Seminar, Heriot-Watt Accounting seminar, the Inaugural Conference for the Alternative Account Europe Conference and the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR).

Mini Biography

Mercy joined Durham University in 2017 having been a doctoral student at Heriot-Watt University. During her doctoral studies, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Heriot-Watt University. Prior to this role, she has held academic roles as an Assistant Lecturer and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Delta State University. Her research interest focuses on interdisciplinary studies on accountability in relation to human rights, sustainability accounting, social housing, counter accounting and the sustainable development goals.

Research interests

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Social Housing
  • Counter accounting in conflict arenas
  • Social, environmental and sustainability accounting
  • Organisational activities and engagements, particularly it impacts on the everyday realities of the other stakeholders
  • NGOs accountability
  • Public sector accounting from developing countries context


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Journal Article


Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Denedo, M., & Ejiogu, A., (2022). Housing professionals’ roles in tackling social housing stigma. Housing Quality Magazine November 2022
  • Denedo, M., & Ejiogu, A. (2022). The changes needed to tackle stigma in social housing need to happen at a policy level as well as among landlords. Inside Housing
  • Denedo, M. & Ejiogu, O. (2022). Challenging and tackling social housing stigma. Housing Quality Magazine, January 2022 (7): 14-16.
  • Denedo, M. & Ejiogu, O. (2021). Exposing the stigma around social housing. Durham University Business School Impact magazine (10): 43-46.
  • Denedo, M & Ejiogu, A (2021). Why we need to change the narrative for social housing. The Big Issue
  • Denedo, M. & Ejiogu, A. (2021). Paternalistic attitudes from social landlords can add to the stigmatisation of residents. Inside Housing
  • Denedo, M & Ejiogu, A (2021). Stigma and social housing in England. Chartered Institute of Housing Blogpost.
  • Denedo, M. & Ejiogu, O. (2021). Introducing an academic report into stigma in social housing. TPAS Blogpost.
  • Denedo, M. & Egbon, O. (2021). Integrating the SDGs into corporate business models in Nigeria. In CSR-In-Action, ed. Corporate Sustainable Investor Report
  • Denedo, M., Thomson, I. & Yonekura, A. (2018). Alternative Accountabilities and Inclusive Mapping: Lessons from The Nigerian Oil Spill Monitor. Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting (CSEAR) Blogpost.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Ejiogu, A., & Denedo, M., (2022). How stigma shapes social housing policy in England. Red Brick: the place for progressive housing policy debate Blogpost.
  • Denedo, M., & Ejiogu, A. (2022). Stigma and Social Housing in England: their implications for the housing sector and profession. Chartered Institute of Housing Blogpost.


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