I am a Professor of Accounting and Financial Management in the Faculty of Business and Law. I have over two & half decades of teaching and research experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have a growing research reputation in the field of accounting and finance. I have been featured in the list of “World Ranking of Top 2% Researchers” in the 2022/2023 database created by experts at Stanford University, USA.

I have published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. I have written several book chapters and I have edited textbooks on corporate governance in emerging economics; corporate narrative reporting and Islamic banking and finance.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor with sixty PhD completions. I am an experienced PhD examiner with more than 160 PhD examinations.

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

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

I am a Co-Editor of the Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting and the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Accounting. I am an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Finance and Economics; the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, the Review of Accounting and Finance and the International Journal of Emerging Markets. I am a Guest Editor for a number of special issues at top-ranked Journals.


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.