Mahmoud Elmarzouky


  • KY16 9RJ

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

I am eager to supervise PhDs who are passionate about exploring areas such as Corporate Narrative Disclosure, Content Analysis, Textual Analysis (i.e. cyber security, modern slavery, environmental, etc.), Auditing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Change, Carbon Emission, Financial Reporting Standards, and Corporate Governance. If you're interested in delving into these areas, and have a strong research proposal, please feel free to contact me.

Personal profile

Research overview

Dr Mahmoud Elmarzouky holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Portsmouth and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy along with over 15 years of experience between academic and professional careers - including time at the Egyptian Tax authority and various roles at universities in the UK and Egypt. Mahmoud an experienced lecturer with teaching experience in higher education and professional experience in tax authorities since 2004, alongside lecturing at The University of Portsmouth, International College of Portsmouth, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Westminster and Kingston University, and Aston University. Dr. Elmarzouky has developed and delivered workshops on textual analysis and has designed, developed, and implemented a broad range of courses in the accounting and research analysis domain. He has also provided consultation for SMEs in accounting and finance. His research interests include Corporate Narrative Reporting, Narrative Disclosure, Content Analysis, Textual Analysis, Auditing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Change, Carbon Emission, Financial Reporting Standards, and Corporate Governance. His work on topics such as gender diversity, and corporate social responsibility has been published in leading international journals such as Journal of Environmental management, Business Strategy and the Environment, Technological Forecasting and Social change, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation among others.

Mahmoud has a track record of externally funded research and successful PhD and DBA supervision.


Research Interests


Corporate board characteristics

Corporate disclosures (i.e. cyber security, modern slavery, environmental, etc.)

Corporate ESG disclosure and performance

Corporate governance

Financial reporting standards

Narrative reporting

Textual analysis


Funding Applications and Awards

An examination of UK firms’ modern slavery disclosures: A gender socialisation theory perspective (2022-2023) – Funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants 2022 Round. (Reference: SRG22\220712)

Informing the IASB Standard Setting Process IAAER – KPMG Research Opportunities, round 8 (2023–2025) – Funded by KPMG and IAAER International.

An Inconsequential Measure of Pain? Corporate Crime, Enforcement Action, and Surrogates of Deterrence (2024–2025) - Funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants 2023 Round. (Reference: SRG2324\241595)


Membership of Professional Bodies

FHEA, Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

CFE, Certified Fraud Examiner.

CMBE, certified Management & Business Educator.

MHFA, certificate from UKMH as trained mental health first aider for higher education students.

The British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

The European Accounting Association (EAA).

PGCert, in higher education.

UCertSS, University Certificate of Special Study in Developing Researchers: Doctoral Supervision and Academic Practice.



Student Experience Excellence Lecturer Award 2021.


Teaching Activity

Financial accounting

Management accounting

Research methods.


Visiting Appointments

Visting scholar: Catania University, (2023) Catania, Italy.

Visting scholar: Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), (2022) Paris, France.


Outside of the University, Mahmoud has been a governor at Citizen Advice bureau and a trustee at York play space.


External Engagement

Dr. Mahmoud Elmarzouky has demonstrated significant external engagement through various roles and contributions to the academic and professional communities. He has served on the scientific committee for events such as the interdisciplinary discussion on Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Portsmouth and the Management Accounting Research Group annual conference. Dr. Elmarzouky has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, including the UKCGE annual conference, the Sustainability conference at Kings University London, and the 3rd International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy in Paris. He has also contributed as a keynote speaker on topics like green finance and the application of artificial intelligence in accounting at international venues in Tunisia and Algeria. His role as an academic visitor at institutions like Catania University and Institut Mines-Télécom underscores his collaborative efforts. Dr. Elmarzouky's involvement with the Financial Reporting Council on projects related to corporate remuneration and auditor reporting reflects his expertise in applying linguistic and content analysis to regulatory practices. These activities highlight his commitment to fostering dialogue between academia, industry, and regulators, particularly in the fields of accounting and finance.


Accepting PhD Students

I am happy to receive any informal inquiry from PhD students relating to research in any of the above-indicated areas.


Media Availability


I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research. I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly at either


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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