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    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am willing to work with PhD students who would like to explore the role of accounting in operationalizing policy / strategic aims, using a qualitative research approach. The following are some broad research areas which I am happy to consider for PhD supervision:

    1. Operatinalization of Sustainable Development Goals.
    2. Governance and control of Higher Education Sector.
    3. Rationalization and operationalization of public policies in education, health and infrastructure sectors.
    4. Implications for accounting controls in network form of public sector organizations.

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    Research Interests

    As an Accounting academic my primary motivation is to contribute to improving public policy and practice through research and dissemination of knowledge. To align my research to this motivation, I aim to explore and better understand the roles (and implications) of (management) accounting as technologies for control, governance and in operationalizing public policies.

    Areas of interest for research (public sector):

    • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) / Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
    • Management control issues in public sector and inter-organizational settings.
    • Governance / performance management frameworks operationalized in the higher education sector.
    • Government's response to Covid-19/pandemics and other crises.

    Presently I am supervising two DBA students. One of the DBA projects is looking at the operationalization of sustainability goals in developing countries by the multi-national corporations working in those countries. The other project is chiefly concerned with conflict management in Bostwana's major infrastructure projects.

    Teaching Activity

    My main teaching (and research) interest is in Management Accounting.

    At Aston I have been teaching on UG first-year accounting modules to both specialist and non-specialist students, including module-lead role for the non-specialist accounting module.

    At PG level, I am involved in teaching Management and Strategic Management Accounting modules for the MSc Accounting and Finance and the Aston-Online (MBA) programme. Besides, I also facilitate PG and PGR students for their Research Methods modules.

    I regularly supervise MSc (research) dissertation and project students as well as the UG Year-3 work placement students.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Exploring the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in the UK's Transport sector of Roads; a governmentality perspective, Queens University Belfast

    Award Date: 10 Dec 2014

    MSc, University of Strathclyde

    Award Date: 2 Nov 2005

    MBA, University of Peshawar

    Award Date: 13 Aug 1998


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