Subhan Ullah

Dr Subhan Ullah

Lecturer in Accounting and Finance/ Programme Director of MSc in Accounting and Finance

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 463076

Subhan Ullah is a Chartered Accountant and he is an experienced lecturer in accounting and finance. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE). Subhan is the Programme Director for the MSc Accounting and Finance at Hull University Business School. He is a member of the  Academic Council and Board of Studies at Abasyn University, Pakistan. He has published extensively in the area of Corporate Governance in international journals, namely: British Journal of Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Research in International Business and Finance, Resources Policy, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, etc.

He has lectured in accounting and finance at universities including Nottingham Trent University, the University of Buckingham, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (Pakistan) and the University of Peshawar (Pakistan).

Subhan gained his PhD from the Open University in Milton Keynes. His thesis examined the effectiveness of corporate governance regulations in the UK and Germany. He was awarded fully-funded scholarships during his BCom, MBA, MSc and PhD studies.


Research Interests

  • The effectiveness of corporate governance regulations

  • Corporate governance systems

  • Corporate governance disclosure

  • Risk reporting

  • Business ethics

  • Human rights violations in corporations

  • Corporate social responsibility

  • Sustainability

  • Voluntary corporate disclosure

  • Methodological issues in accounting and business research

Research groups

Current papers are being co-authored with academics from the universities of Hull, Nottingham, Leeds, Liverpool, De Montfort, the Open University, Zhejiang University (China), IESEG School of Management (France), and Xavier University (India).


Ullah, S, Wang, Z., Stokes, P., Xiao, W. (2019) Risk Perceptions and Risk Management Approaches of Chinese Overseas Investors: An Empirical InvestigationResearch in International Business and Finance, Volume 47, pp. 470-486

Akhtar, P., Frynas, J.G., Mellahi, K., Ullah, S. (2019) ‘Big data-savvy teams’ skills, big data-driven actions and business performance. British Journal of Management,(Forthcoming). DOI:10.1111/1467-8551.12333

Ullah, S., Ahmad, S., Akbar, S., Kodwani, D. (2018) International Evidence on the Determinants of Organisational Ethical VulnerabilityBritish Journal of Management, DOI:10.1111/1467-8551.12289

Ullah, S., Akhtar, P., Zaefarian, G., (2018) Dealing with endogeneity bias: The Generalised Method of Moments for Panel DataIndustrial Marketing Management, Volume 71, pp. 69-78 

Adams, D., Ullah, S., Adams, K., Akhtar, P., Saidi, S., (2018) The Role of Country-level Institutional Factors in Escaping the Natural Resource Curse: Insights from Ghana.Resources Policy


Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Current Issues in Financial Management


  • Issues in Accounting and Accountability

  • Corporate Accounting and Financial Institutions

  • Foundations of Finance

  • Research Methods

Research PhDs

Subhan welcomes PhD applicants in the area of corporate governance, corporate governance disclosure, risk reporting, business ethics, human rights violations in corporations, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and voluntary corporate disclosure.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Rizwan Ahmed (full time, joint supervision)

  • Essam Ali Joura (full time, joint supervision)

  • Syed Zubair Shah (full time, joint supervision)

  • James Murray (full time, joint supervision)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Hull

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

  • Attended month-long faculty development training in 2006, organised by the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BCom (with distinction), University of Peshawar, Pakistan

  • MBA (with distinction), University of Peshawar, Pakistan

  • MSc Accounting and Financial Management, University of Lancaster

  • PCAP, University of Hull

  • PhD, the Open University

  • CPA (Australia)

External roles

Academic memberships

  • British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

  • British Academy of Management (BAM)

  • Institute of Applied Ethics (IAE), University of Hull

Review work

  • Journal of Business Research (ad hoc reviewer, June 2016 to date)

  • University of Liverpool, BA Accounting and Finance programme, External Examiner, (September 2017 – to date)

  • External Examiner of PhD thesis, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan

Previous (overseas)

  • External examiner for Income Tax and Advanced Accounting modules, Bachelor of Commerce, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, 2008–2011

  • Member of the Interview panel for the position of Junior Accountant, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission, Pakistan, November 2005

  • External Examiner of PhD thesis, Qurtaba University, Pakistan

Awards and accolades

Academic scholarships

  • Muslim College of Commerce, Peshawar Scholarship in BCom (2000–02)

  • Frontier Education Foundation, Peshawar Scholarship in MBA (2002–04)

  • Government of Pakistan Scholarship for MSc study at the University of Lancaster (2007–08)

  • Open University PhD scholarship (2011–14)


  • Internship at the State Bank of Pakistan (June–August 2004)

  • STATA course on Microeconometrics Using STATA, University of Cambridge (March 2013)

  • STATA Autumn School on Advanced Econometrics Using Panel Data, Cass Business School (September 2014)

  • Doctoral Examining and Chairing, University of Hull.

  • PhD Supervisor’s Training, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Subhan was nominated for the 2005 Presidential Award for Education, ‘Izaz-e-Sabqat’, by the the Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, for his outstanding academic performance in MBA (CGPA 4.00/4.00).

Invited Keynote Speaker

‘Corporate Governance, Accountability and Business Ethics and Avenues for Future Research’ 3rd Abasyn International Conference on Technology & Business Management–Aspiring for a better Future, 28–29 March 2018, Peshawar, Pakistan. URL for the local Media Coverage of the Conference:

Journal of Business Research award for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing.