Irshad Ali

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 5132


Physical Address:
WF931, 46 Wakefield Street
Postal Address:
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Private bag 92006
Auckland 1142


  • Masters in Management Studies (with Distinction)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance (with Distinction)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (in Accounting and Economics)

Memberships and Affiliations:

CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant)- member of CPA Australia (membership no. 9509915)

Member of HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia)

Teaching Areas:

  • Financial Accounting for companies
  • Workshop supervision (Cooperative Education)
  • Academic supervision (Cooperative Education)

Research Areas:

  • Web-based reporting practices of companies
  • Pasifika Accounting Education
  • Use of technology in education
  • First Year Higher Education

Research Summary:

Irshad’s primary research interests are in the areas of web-based reporting and accounting education. For his research in web-based reporting, he is interested in investigating the use of the Internet by companies for the disclosure of financial and non-financial information, in particular Corporate Social Reporting (CSR) and voluntary disclosures of other information by New Zealand companies. In the area of accounting pedagogy, he is interested in investigating the challenges and opportunities for accounting educators and students, in particular the impact of technological advancements in teaching and learning. Irshad has been looking into potential barriers faced by Pasifika students in accounting education. His aim is to propose actionable strategies that can be implemented by accounting educators and tertiary institutions that will achieve greater Pasifika student success in gaining tertiary accounting qualifications. He has received LTDF funding to support his research in this area. In addition, Irshad is interested in first year higher education research, particularly with the issues faced by students when dealing with the transition from high school to tertiary education. In particular, the research will focus on the development of student skills in first year programmes for greater student success.

Current Research Projects:

  • Ali, I. & Narayan A., (2017). Struggles of Pasifika students in completing a tertiary accounting qualification: potential barriers from their lived experiences.
  • Deneen, C., Ali, I., Byard, K., & Kommunuri, J. (Under Review). Using blogs as assessment to develop high-value competencies of undergraduate business students.
  • Chong, S., Narayan, A., & Ali, I. (2017). Do as the Romans do: Are CSR disclosures using photographs communicating reality or propaganda?
  • Ali, I. & Narayan A., (2016). Web-based voluntary disclosure practices of New Zealand Companies.


  • The Annual Auckland Regional Accounting (ARA) Conference hosted by ARA
  • The Annual CPA Congress hosted by CPA Australia. 
  • Quarterly meetings of PICAN (Pacific Island Chartered Accountants New Zealand)


  1. Chong S, Ali I, Lodhia S. (2016). A model for gauging the prominence of web-based CSR disclosure. Pacific Accounting Review. 28(4):431-445.
  2. Ali I, Narayan A. (2016). Access but limited success? Impediments for students from disadvantaged communities in attaining university accounting qualifications. In proceedings of Meditari Accountancy Research Conference 2016, Pilansberg National Park, South Africa.
  3. Ali, I. & Narayan, A.K. (2015). Potential barriers students face when completing a tertiary qualification: the lived experiences of a particular minority community studying at a western university. In Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning. Bangkok, Thailand.
  4. Chong, S. & Ali, I. (2015). Towards a model for measuring prominence of web-based corporate social responsibility disclosures. In Proceedings of Auckland Regional Accounting 2015 Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  5. Ali, I., & Narayan, A. (2014). An exploration of potential barriers for Pasifika students’ participation and completion of a tertiary accounting qualification. In Proceedings of 2014 Annual TERNZ Conference. Auckland. New Zealand.
  6. Narayan, A.K and Ali, I. (2014).  Accountability for research commercialisation: contradictions and consequences. In Proceedings of Critical Perspectives on Accounting 2014 Annual Conference. York University, Toronto, Canada.
  7. Ali, I., Byard, K., Julich, S., & Kommunuri, J. (2013). Students’ perceptions on using blogs for reflective learning in higher educational contexts. In Proceedings of 2013 Annual HERDSA Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  8. Ali, I. (2011). Disclosure of information on the Internet: Current practices and further evidence from New Zealand. In Proceedings of Asian Academic Accounting Association 2011 Annual Conference. Bali, Indonesia.
  9. Ali, I. (2011).Current issues and challenges facing accounting education and the pedagogical implications: A review of the literature. In Proceedings of Auckland Regional Accounting, 2011 Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  10. Ali, I. (2010). Internet financial reporting: A review of the literature and further evidence from New Zealand. In Proceedings of the 2010 Auckland Regional Accounting Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  11. Ali, I., & Davis, G. (2010). Supporting First Year student achievement in assessments in an interdisciplinary programme. In Proceedings of the 2010 First Year Higher Education Annual Conference. Adelaide, Australia.


  • 2016- Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2015-Best Overall Paper Award, ARA Conference
  • 2015-Business Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2010- Business Faculty Health and Safety Award
  • 2009- Excellence in Student Centred Learning Award
  • 1998- University of Waikato Masters Scholarship Award
  • 1997- PPTA Study Award
  • 1979- Fiji Government scholarship Award