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Dr Hafez Abdo

B.Sc Accounting (University of Aleppo), Postgraduate Diploma (University of Aleppo), M.Acc (University of Dundee), PGCHE (University of Sheffield ), PhD (University of Sheffield ), Fellow of the HEA (The Higher Education Academy)
Associate Professor in Accounting

Department: Accounting
Tel: +44 (0) 115 7487570
Location: C18d (Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus)

Hafez Abdo is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Challenge Lead at the University of Nottingham Energy Institute. His research focuses on Accounting and Taxation of the extractive industries and on UK energy policy.

Hafez commenced his studies at the University of Aleppo/Syria as an undergraduate student in the year 1992, graduating in 1996 before studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (1998), an M.Acc at the University of Dundee (2002), and a PhD from the University of Sheffield (2007). Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in January 2020, Hafez was a full Professor of Accounting at Sheffield Hallam University (2018-2020); before which he worked at the Nottingham Trent University as an Associate Professor of Accounting (2016 - 2018), Reader in Accounting (2014-2016), Senior lecturer in accounting (2005-2014), and assistant lecturer in accounting at the University of Sheffield (2002-2005).

Hafez contributed to governmental consultations on taxation of the North Sea oil and gas, he is an associate editor for two accounting journals: Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting (JFRA) and Journal of Contemporary Accounting Theory and Practice (CATP). He is a member of the Committee for Departments of Accounting and Finance (CDAF) of BAFA and an Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), and a visiting Professor at S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University in Kazakhstan.

Areas of Expertise
Accounting for extractive industries
Taxation of the oil and gas industry
Financial accounting and reporting
International Accounting Standards
Energy policy, energy security, renewable energy options


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Research Methods
Contemporary Issues in Accounting

Hafez is module convenor of the following module(s):


Research Methods for Accounting and Finance (BUSI4571)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Hafez research focuses on accounting and taxation of the extractive industries, with special focus on the oil and gas industry. He researched the role of IFRS 6 in harmonising accounting practices for the oil and gas industry; disclosures of decommissioning costs of the oil and gas industry, Accounting regulations of the extractive industries and taxation of the oil and gas industry.

Hafez research is published by leading accounting and energy journals: Accounting Forum, Australian Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, British Tax Review, Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Applied Energy Journal, Renewable Energy.

Hafez is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Freeman Owusu
Suliman Alshahmy
Xinyi Zhou
University Administrative Roles
Departmental Research Ethics Officer and member of the School's Research Ethics Committee from 2020. Hafez is a Challenge Lead on the University of Nottingham Energy Institute, and an executive member of this institute where he acts as the co-ordinator of the Faculty of Social Science on this institute

School Committee Memberships
Research Ethics Committee (NUBS REC) 2020 Ethics Reviewer and Committee Member


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