Biography

I am Associate Professor in Accounting at Keele Business School, Keele University. My PhD was on “Assessing the Quality of UK Corporate Environmental Reporting” from the University of Aberdeen. My teaching interests are:

  • Accounting for Sustainability
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Governance and CSR
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Decision Making, and
  • Research Methods.

My publications appear in top accounting and business journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy, and the Environment, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, International Journal of Accounting, European Accounting Review, Accounting Education, etc.

Research and scholarship

My principal research interests are in the areas of governance and sustainability accounting, Islamic accounting, the quality of corporate reporting, and accounting education.

Supervisory Interests

I am very interested in supervising students in the fields of accounting for sustainability/CSR, corporate governance and disclosure and firm performance, religious beliefs and managers CSR attitudes and behaviour, accounting education. In particular, I am keen on conducting research on corporations’ strategies to achieve the UN SDGs and mitigate the catastrophic consequences of their business operations on the environment, etc.

Teaching

As a member of the Economics, Accounting and Finance Group at Keele Business School, I am currently leading and teaching the following modules:

  • MAN-40092 Financial Management to MBA senior leaders
  • ACC 40005 International Corporate Governance and Sustainability to MSc students
  • HRM 40040 Research Methods to MSc students
  • MAN 40076 Accounting Dissertation to MSc students
  • MAN 20082 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility to undergraduate students (Keele and BFSU China Campuses)

Further information

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications
  • 2020 - 2021 Qualified CIMA Member (In progress). The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London, UK.
  • 2015 - 2016 MA Teaching & Learning in HE (w/Merit), Keele University, UK.
  • 2014 - 2015 PG Cert Teaching & Learning with Technology in HE, Keele University, UK.
  • 2012 - 2013 PG Cert Teaching & Learning in HE, Keele University, UK.
  • 2008 - 2012 PhD in Accountancy & Finance, University of Aberdeen Business School, UK. 
  • 2007 - 2008 MRes in Accounting (w/Distinction), University of Aberdeen, UK.
  • 1997 - 2001 B. Com Lecturer in Accounting (w/Honour) Alexandria University, Egypt. 
Professional and Learned Bodies Memberships:
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Centre of Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
  • Member, the Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet)
  • Member, the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
  • Member, the European Accounting Association (EAA)
  • Member, Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Network
  • Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Middle East Network

Selected Publications

  • Moussa T, Kotb A, Ekara Helfaya A. 2021. An Empirical Investigation of U.K. Environmental Targets Disclosure: The Role of Environmental Governance and Performance. European Accounting Review, 1-35. doi> link> full text>
  • Helfaya A and Amin E. 2020. Exploring the Egyptian accountants’ awareness and understanding of XBRL. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND FINANCE, 1-23, vol. 7. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Aboud A and Ekara Helfaya A. Role of country-level characteristics in segment reporting: EU evidence. Accounting and Financial Management.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Whittington M. 2019. Does designing environmental disclosure quality measures make a difference?. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi> link> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Whittington M, Alawatage C. 2019. Exploring the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Surveying Preparers’ and Users’ Perceptions. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Akrum H and Amr K. 2014. Environmental Reporting of British Food Industry a Critical Analysis. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Moussa T, Kotb A, Ekara Helfaya A. 2021. An Empirical Investigation of U.K. Environmental Targets Disclosure: The Role of Environmental Governance and Performance. European Accounting Review, 1-35. doi> link> full text>
  • Helfaya A and Amin E. 2020. Exploring the Egyptian accountants’ awareness and understanding of XBRL. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND FINANCE, 1-23, vol. 7. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Aboud A and Ekara Helfaya A. Role of country-level characteristics in segment reporting: EU evidence. Accounting and Financial Management.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Whittington M. 2019. Does designing environmental disclosure quality measures make a difference?. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi> link> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Whittington M, Alawatage C. 2019. Exploring the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Surveying Preparers’ and Users’ Perceptions. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. doi> full text>
  • Helfaya A. Assessing the use of computer-based assessment-feedback in teaching digital accountants. Accounting Education. doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and O’Neill J. 2018. Using Computer-Based Assessment and Feedback: Meeting the Needs of Digital Natives in the Digital Age. International Journal of Teacher Education and Professional Development, 46-71, vol. 1(2). doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Kotb A. 2016. Qur’anic Ethics for Environmental Responsibility: Implications for Business Practice. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-24. doi> link> full text>

Chapters

  • Ekara Helfaya A and O’Neill J. 2018. Staff Reflections on Using e-AssessmentFeedback in the Digital Age. In Handbook of Research on E-Assessment in Higher Education. IGI Global. doi> link> full text>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2016. Environmental Reporting: An Analysis Of Global Creditability Initiatives. In Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies. (27 vols.). IGI Global. doi> full text>

Other

  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2013. Assessment of corporate reporting quality: a review of the literature.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2013. Designing environmental disclosure quality measures: does it make a difference?.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2011. Exploring and assessing the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Developing a multi-dimensional preparer and user based view.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2011. Assessment of the environmental reporting of FTSE 100 Companies: A comprehensive comparison.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2010. Assessing and exploring the quality of corporate environmental reporting: UK evidence.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2010. Assessing the measure of quality rather than the quantity of sustainability reporting.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2009. Factors affecting the quality of corporate environmental reporting in terms of Extent, Scope, Content and Presentation style: UK evidence.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2009. The drivers of corporate environmental reporting: Evidence from the UK food industry.