Dr Maria Ishaque

EBS - Accounting
Dr Maria Ishaque



  • PhD Management Accounting & Auditing (Anglia Ruskin University),

  • MSc Finance & Business Management (University of Bedfordshire),


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Accounting, University of Essex (1/8/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Coventry University (1/2019 - 7/2019)

  • Lecturer in Accounting, Coventry University (9/2017 - 12/2018)

  • Research Assistant, Anglia Ruskin University (31/1/2013 - 30/1/2016)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Role of Professional Accounting in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Open to supervise

Role of Professional Accounting in Combating Modern Slavery

Open to supervise

Current research

Behavioural Accounting

Ethics in Professional Accounting/Auditing

Cognitive & Psychological Aspects of Decision-Making

Professional Accounting Qualifications

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Auditing (BE132)

  • Accounting and Finance for Managers (BE167)

  • Research Methods in Accounting (BE951)


Journal articles (8)

Li, X., Ahmed, R., Than, ET., Ishaque, M. and Huynh, TLD., (2023). Gender diversity of boards and executives on real earnings management in the bull or bear period: Empirical evidence from China. International Journal of Finance and Economics. 28 (3), 2753-2771

Elbardan, H., Kotb, A. and Ishaque, M., (2023). A Review of the Empirical Literature on Audit Market Concentration. The International Journal of Accounting. 58 (02)

Adams, K., Attah-Boakye, R., Yu, H., Chu, I. and Ishaque, M., (2023). Competence and enterprise of management as drivers of early foreign listing of medium-sized emerging market multinationals (EMNEs) from Africa. Journal of Business Research. 158, 113660-113660

Ahmed, R., Yusuf, F. and Ishaque, M., (2023). Green Bonds as a Bridge to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Environment: A Climate Change Empirical Investigation. International Journal of Finance and Economics

Yusuf, F., Yousaf, A., Ishaque, M. and Umrani, WA., (2023). Conceptualising Silence in External Corporate Communication: A Case Study of Pakistan. Journal of Management Inquiry

Ishaque, M., (2021). Managing Conflict of Interests in Professional Accounting Firms: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Business Ethics. 169 (3), 537-555

Ishaque, M., Attah-Boakye, R. and Yusuf, F., (2021). Behavioural Framework for Managing Conflict of Interests in Professional Accounting Firms. British Journal of Management. 33 (2), 1071-1086

Ishaque, M., (2020). Cognitive approach to understand the impact of conflict of interests on accounting professionals’ decision-making behaviour. Accounting Forum. 44 (1), 64-98

Grants and funding


Developing a framework for professional directors' certification in Africa

University of Essex (QR Impact Fund)


British Professional Accounting Qualifications: Do they fit for the digital economy

Committee for Departments of Accounting and Finance

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EBS.3.126G, Colchester Campus

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