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    I am interested in doctoral research focusing on qualitative research methods in any of the following broad areas:

    *Governance issues/developments
    *Audit issues/developments
    *Forensic Accounting
    *Accountability issues
    *Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Email: r.kassem@aston.ac.uk

    Office: ABS 421

    Phone: 0121 204 3641 


    I am a senior academic with over sixteen years of experience in UK Higher Education. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Aston University, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Management & Business Educator. I teach at various levels academically and professionally, conduct impactful research, and regularly engage in knowledge exchange activities with policymakers and professionals. My research interests and expertise are in Fraud, Forensic Accounting, Audit, Governance, and Corporate Social Responsibility. I research these areas in the private, public, and voluntary sectors.  I am also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a consultant at Cifas in the UK, a member of the Cross-Sector Fraud Advisory Board at the Cabinet Office, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Advisory Council.


    • Excellence in enterprise award, Coventry University, 2019
    • Excellence in teaching award, University of Brighton, 2017
    • Excellence in teaching award, The British University of Egypt, 2011


    • PhD, Audit & Fraud, Loughborough University, UK
    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), ACFE, US
    • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
    • MSc, Audit & Financial Fraud, Cairo University, Egypt
    • BSc (Hons) in Accounting, Ain Shams University, Egypt

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Certified Member of the ACFE
    • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
    • Member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

    Research Interests

    • Fraud 
    • Corruption
    • Forensic Accounting 
    • Audit & Assurance 
    • Governance 
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Business Ethics 
    • Pedagogy
    • Policing
    • Crisis Management 
    • Risk Management 

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • Project Lead – Oxford University and ESRC - £3000, 2022:  The Public Trust in UK Policing. ESRC Social Science Research Festival.
    • Principal Investigator – The Open University, UK - £25000, 2022: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Staff in UK Higher Education
    • Principal Investigator – The Open University, UK - £3000, 2022: How to mitigate fraud risk in professional football 
    • Principal Investigator – The Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Funding – The Open University, UK - £3500, 2021: Governance issues in policing 
    • Principal Investigator- City of London Police - £100k, 2019: Fraud Investigation in Policing 

    Teaching Activity

    • Audit & Assurance 
    • Risk Management 
    • Research Methods


    • Insider Fraud Consultant, Cifas, London 

    External Connections and Partnerships

    • Member of the Cross-sector Advisory Board, Counter Fraud Profession, Cabinet Office, UK, 2019 - current
    • Member of the Advisory Council, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), US, 2018- current
    • Member of the UK Government Department for Education's network focusing on fraud research across various sectors, 2021 – Present
    • Member of Accounting for Impact
    • Member of the Fraud Women's Network
    • Member of the Evidence and Partnerships Hub collaborating with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to discuss research that could be useful to MoJ, 2021 – Present
    • Member of the academic research network at the College of Policing, 2021- Present



    External positions

    External Examiner - Professional Doctorate, Portsmouth University

    1 Jul 20211 Sept 2021

    External Examiner, MSc in Accounting and Finance, University of Durham

    1 Jul 20191 Jul 2022


    • BJ Ethics
    • Fraud
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Audit & Assurance
    • Governance
    • Corruption
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Policing
    • Pedagogy


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