I am a Professor of Accounting and Financial Management and the Research Lead of Accounting and Financial Management in the Faculty of Business and Law.

I have published more than 100 articles in Peer-reviewed journals. I have written a number of book chapters and I have edited a textbook on corporate governance in emerging economics.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor with thirty-six completions.

I am an experienced PhD examiner with eighty-one examinations (69 external and 12 internal examinations).

My 2007 paper on corporate narrative disclosure for loss making firms received the best paper award by The British Accounting Review.  My 2012 paper on capital structure puzzle received the best paper award by Journal of Risk Finance.

I have received research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the British Academy; and Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF), Plymouth University, University of Portsmouth and Abu Dhabi University.

I am the Co-Editor Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, and Journal of Contemporary Issues in Accounting. I am Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation. I am a guest editor of a number of special issues.


In 1995, I was a Teaching Assistant at Ain Shams University. I then was appointed as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer.

In 2005, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Manchester University for three years and six months.

In 2008, I was a Lecturer at Stirling University, and then I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010 and to a Reader in 2012.

In 2013, I was a Professor at Plymouth University.

In 2016, I took the position of Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at University of Portsmouth.

Research interests

I am interested in research that examines the determinants and consequences of corporate narrative reporting. My research examines how corporate governance mechanisms and firm-specific characteristics affect the quantity and quality of narrative reporting. It also examines the stock market’s reaction to different classes of narrative information.  

My current research interests include:

  • Corporate Narrative Reporting
  • eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)
  • Corporate governance
  • Earnings management
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)
  • Corporate Investment Efficiency
  • Corporate Finance
  • Islamic Accounting and Finance

Teaching responsibilities

I contribute to a PhD workshops on the PhD programme at Faculty of Business and Law.

Media availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 023 92 844715.