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Professor Alaa Zalata


Research interests

  • Financial accounting
  • Earnings quality
  • Earnings management

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Alaa


Address: B2, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

How to update your personal details

Profile photo
Upload your profile photo in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Your profile photo in Pure is not linked to your public staff profile. Choose a clear, recent headshot where you are easily recognisable. Your image should be at least 340 by 395 pixels. 

To change your name or prefix title contact Ask HR (opens in new tab)  If you want to update an academic title you'll need to provide evidence e.g. a PhD certificate. The way your name is displayed is automatic and cannot be changed. You can also update your post-nominal letters in Subscribe (opens in a new tab).

Job title
Raise a request through ServiceNow (opens in a new tab) to change your job title (40 characters maximum) unless you're on the ERE career pathway. If you're on the ERE path you can not change your main job title, but you can request other minor updates through Ask HR (opens in new tab). If you have more than one post only your main job title will display here, but you can add further posts or roles in other sections of your profile.

Research interests (for researchers only)
Add up to 5 research interests. The first 3 will appear in your staff profile next to your name. The full list will appear on your research page. Keep these brief and focus on the keywords people may use when searching for your work. Use a different line for each one.

In Pure (opens in a new tab), select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading 'Curriculum and research description', select 'Add profile information'. In the dropdown menu, select 'Research interests: use separate lines'.

Contact details
Add or update your email address, telephone number and postal address in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Use your University email address for your primary email. 

You can link to your Google Scholar, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts through Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’.  In the 'Links' section, use the 'Add link' button. 

Create or connect your ORCID ID in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’ and then 'Create or Connect your ORCID ID'.

Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only)
Choose to show whether you’re currently accepting PhD applicants or not in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. In the 'Portal details' section, select 'Yes' or 'No' to indicate your choice. 


Dr Alaa Zalata is Professor of Accounting and  Head of Research at the Department of Accounting. Alaa is  currently the Director of Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance (CRAAG).

Alaa has postgraduate certificate in teaching and higher education  and has acquired a recognition by  the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and became a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

Alaa has a growing and consistent national and international reputation in accounting as supported by his increasing involvement in publication and peer review of prestigious international journals and presentations at national and international conferences. His research contribution cut across many areas including research publications, grant application success rate and PhD supervision.

Alaa has published widely in leading peer-reviewed international journals (ABS 4* and 3*) such as The Leadership Quarterly, British Journal of Management, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, The International Journal of Accounting,  Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Accounting Auditing and Taxation, Accounting Forum, among others.

In the larger academic community, Alaa has served as Ad-hoc Reviewer for leading journals in accounting such as Accounting and Business Research, the international Journal of Accounting, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, The European Journal of Finance, Human Relations, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Journal of Applied Accounting Research and International Journal of Accounting and Information Management.

How to update your 'about' section

You can update this in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading and then ‘Curriculum and research description’, select ‘Add profile information’. In the dropdown menu, select - ‘About’.

Write about yourself in the third person. Aim for 100 to 150 words covering the main points about who you are and what you currently do. Clear, simple language is best. You can include specialist or technical terms.

You’ll be able to add details about your research, publications, career and academic history to other sections of your staff profile.

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