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 Associate Professor in Accounting and teaches financial accounting and business analytics modules. 

She is currently the School Employability Lead.


  • 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)


Her research interests include performance measurement, corporate governance, financial reporting disclosure and higher education.

In 2019-2020, Idlan spent 18 months leading The Centre, an independent centrist think tank in Malaysia where she was the founding CEO. The think tank focuses on policy research with a particular interest in social safety nets, public goods and societal contracts. Following her stint as CEO, she is now an Advisor with the organisation.



  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Accounting and Finance (SIM)
  • Msc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Business Analytics (forthcoming)

Modules: Financial accounting, accounting theory and business analytics


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 Role of the Role Play: Learning and Teaching Ethics (with Ann-Christine Frandsen, James Brackley, Wafa Ben Khaled, Elisavet Mantzari, Gabriela Rosenfeld, Madlen Sobkowiak, Ian Thomson, Keith Hoskin, and Nick Bailey)

Making Dummies Smarter (with Jan Bebbington)

Other activities

Member of the British Accounting Association


Informal Institutions and Manager’s Earning Management Choices: Evidence from IFRS Adopting Countries (with Hussein Halabi and Ahmad AlShehabi), Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, Vol 15 (3), 2019

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, Vol 43(4), 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.

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