Professor Mahbub Zaman

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Personal details


Auditing, Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting, Risk, Disclosures, Standard Setting, Regulation, Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, Islamic Banking


Accounting, Auditing and Accountability

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Manchester)

Professional memberships and associations

Mahbub is Professor of Auditing and Governance at QUT Business School, School of Accountancy.

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Previous positions include:

  • Associate professor at MBS at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.  Role included: Director, PhD A&F programme; Coordinator, Marie Curie European PhD Training Programme.
  • Lecturer at Exeter University and Aberystwyth University; Research Associate at Glasgow University.
  • Visiting professor at University of Florida (US), Deakin University (Australia) and Aarhus University (Denmark).

Research Expertise and Interests

Mahbub has a strong track record of research and teaching in auditing and governance. His research focuses on the intersection of auditing, corporate governance and financial reporting and uses multiple perspectives and methods to bring novel insights to the literature and make a distinctive contribution to research at an international level. He has published in many high-quality journals including:

  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ),
  • British Accounting Review (BAR),
  • Corporate Governance International Review (CGIR) and 
  • Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (JBFA). 

Mahbub’s research is highly relevant to practice and policy making and he has been cited in policy deliberations related to auditing and governance reforms.   Through his research, teaching and engagement he aims to challenge and influence current thinking and future practice in auditing and governance.        

Key research areas:

  • auditing, corporate governance, risk management, sustainability reporting and assurance
  • audit quality; audit reporting; audit regulation; risk and internal control
  • board and audit committee effectiveness; including board diversity and expertise
  • institutional and behavioural influences on formal and informal governance practices
  • governance and reporting of ethical/value based organizations, (i/c Islamic Banking and Finance)

Academic Service Experience

Mahbub has extensive experience in supervising, mentoring and examining PhD/DBA students. As an external Examiner at a number of universities, he has been contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

He serves on the Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association Congress and he has been an invited guest seminar speaker in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Sweden and the UK.

External Examiner PhD Thesis: Aarhus University; Bradford University; Deakin University Melbourne; DeMontfort University; Essex University; Ghent University; Nottingham University; Seville University; York University.
External Examiner MSc/BSc ProgrammesUniversity of Glasgow; University of Durham; Bradford University; Hull University; Multimedia University Malaysia.
Journal Reviewer (ad hoc): British Accounting Review; Corporate Governance: An International Review; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; European Accounting Review; International Journal of Accounting; International Journal of Auditing;  International Journal of Management Reviews;  Journal of Business Finance & Accounting; Journal of Islamic Accounting & Business Research; Journal of Management & Governance; Managerial Auditing Journal; Public Money & Management; Regulation & Governance; Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies.
Professional Bodies: British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA): Corporate Governance SIG Secretary; Auditing SIG Executive Committee Member;  Institute of Internal Auditors Round Table Forum; European Accounting Association Congress Scientific Committee: 2009; 2010; 2013; 2014.


Mahbub has extensive experience of teaching coureses at undergradaute, Masters, MBA / ExecEd and PhD level. His teaching expertise include:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

To find publications by Mahbub, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.