Rania Kamla

Professor of Accountancy

+44 (0)131 449 3841
Room 165
Mary Burton Building
Heriot-Watt University

Rania's research interests are in the areas of critical accounting, social accounting, international accounting (especially with a focus upon the Arab world), accounting and culture (with particular reference to Islamic accounting) and the accounting profession in the context of globalisation (with a particular current interest in the Syrian accountancy profession).

Rania is also at the moment engaged in a gender, accounting and Islam project.

Rania's research is interdisciplinary and is specifically influenced by critical and postcolonial theorising.

Selected publications
  • Social reporting by Islamic banks: Does social justice matter: (with H.Rammal), Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (forthcoming).
  • Understanding Syrian accountants’ perceptions of and attitudes towards social accounting’ (with S. Gallhofer and J. Haslam), Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 25(7) pp.1170-1205, 2012.    
  • ‘Syrian women accountants’ attitudes and experiences at work in the context of Globalisation’. Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2012, pp. 188-205.   
  •  ‘The accountancy profession and the ambiguities of globalisation in a post-colonial, Middle Eastern and Islamic context: Perceptions of accountants in Syria’   (with S. Gallhofer and J. Haslam), Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2011, pp. 376-395.        
  •  ‘The Local and the Global: The Use of Images in Arab Companies’ Annual Reports’ (With C. Roberts). Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2010, pp.449-481.           
  • ‘Critical insights into contemporary Islamic accounting’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 20, No. 8, 2009, pp. 921-932.
  • ‘Educating And Training Accountants In Syria In A Transition Context: Perceptions of Accounting Academics and Professional Accountants’, (with S. Gallhofer and J. Haslam) in Accounting Education: An International Journal, Vol. 18, Issues 4 & 5, 2009, pp. 345-368.

Rania joined the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University in July 2012.

Prior to this Rania was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee (2006-2012), and from 2004-2006 Rania worked as a Lecturer in Aberdeen University Business School.

Rania gained her PhD in Accounting from Heriot-Watt University in June 2005.   Before joining academia Rania was the Chief Accountants in Al-Furat Petroleum Company in Damascus/Syria.