Dr Idlan Zakaria

Dr Idlan Zakaria

The Department of Accounting
Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Contact details

Department of Accounting
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY

Idlan Zakaria is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and currently the Programme Director for the MSc International Accounting and Finance program. She teaches on financial accounting modules.


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2017)
  • PhD Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University (2008)
  • MA Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University (2001)
  • B. Commerce (Hons), Lincoln University, New Zealand (1999)


Idlan joined the Department of Accounting in January 2016 from the University of Essex, where she was a lecturer in accounting from 2006-2015. She has experience in teaching and research (including supervision) in financial accounting and corporate governance at all levels.


  • Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • International Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Accounting Theory and Policy


Research Interests

  • Corporate governance (board structure, executive pay, international corporate governance, alternative corporate governance structures)
  • Financial reporting (disclosure, earnings management, culture)
  • International higher education

Current Projects

The Pedagogical Crisis in Business School ‘Crisis Management Education’: A transnational study with Amy Fraher, intended for Academy of Management Learning & Education

Other activities

Member of the British Accounting Association


Final Report: Study on the remuneration provisions applicable to credit institutions and investment firms, with Udo Reifner, Doris Neuberger, Sebastien Clerc-Renaud, Paola Schwizer, Giovanni Ferri and others, European Comission, DG Justice

“Mind that gap! An investigation of gender imbalance on the governing bodies of UK universities with Michael Sherer, forthcoming, Studies in Higher Education, 2016 

Executive Remuneration Consultancy in the UK: Exploring a Professional Project through the lens of Institutional Work (with Maria Adamson and Stuart Manson), Journal of Professions and Organization, 2014

Performance Measures, Benchmarks and Targets in Executive Remuneration Contracts of UK Firms, British Accounting Review Vol 44(3), pg 189-203

Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation: An Institutional Overview, (with Sohnke M. Bartram) in Oxelheim, Lars and Clas Wihlborg (eds), Markets and Compensation for Executives in Europe, Emerald Publishing, 2008.