Dr Ahmad Al-Hiari

Job: Lecturer in Leadership and Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: School of Leadership, Management and Marketing

Address: Hugh Aston 6.92 De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4606

E: ahmad.al-hiari2@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Qucxx4YAAAAJ


Personal profile

Ahmad Al-Hiari is a lecturer in leadership and management at De Montfort University, and a lecturer in corruption analysis at the University of Sussex. He currently co-chairs DMU's Staff Assembly since September 2022, where he works collaboratively with staff representatives and the University Leadership Team in developing cross-departmental cooperation across the university. 

Ahmad started his career as a strategic planner in 2017 where he worked for the Greater Amman Municipality in Jordan. In 2019, Ahmad worked as a research assistant for the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) during his PhD studies at the Faculty of Business and Law, and later undertook another researcher role at BAL in 2021. In 2022, Ahmad taught in Business and Management at DMU, and later that year, he joined the University of Sussex to teach on their professional MA program in Corruption and Governance. Ahmad currently teaches Leadership and HRM at the School of Leadership, Management and Marketing (LMM). 

Ahmad's research work specializes in Jordanian public administration and government, evaluating processes of governance reform, namely decentralization, collaborative governance, corruption, and government stewardship. Set against the background of the complex socio-political challenges that shape institutional change, Ahmad is particularly interested in investigating the effectiveness of western governance models when tested in informal and socially-influenced political systems such as in the Middle-East. 

Research group affiliations

Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)

Publications and outputs


Al-Hiari, A. A. (2022). Corruption or Culture? Evaluating Elite Definitions of “Wasta” in Jordan. Public Integrity, 1-12. [ABS Level 2* Journal] 

Research interests/expertise

  • Public Administration and Government Devolution
  • Public Management
  • Policy Failure & Policy Transfer
  • Governance Reform
  • Informality and Social Capital
  • Corruption in the Public Sector
  • Middle East Governance and Tribalism
  • Political Stewardship
  • Public Sector Leadership
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Elite Interviewing Methodologies
  • Socio-Political Complexity 

Areas of teaching

  • Leadership
  • Corruption
  • Human Resource Management


  • 2011 – 2017, BSc Architecture (2:1), German-Jordanian University
  • 2017 – 2018, MA Housing, Development & Urban Management, with merit, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2018 – 2022, PhD Public Sector Governance, De Montfort University: “Jordanian Public Administration in Context: Reform Inertia, Wasta and Political Stewardship”, PhD by concurrent publication

Courses taught

  • Organisational Development and Consulting (HRMG3206)
  • Learning and Development (HRMG3207)
  • Globalisation and International HRM (HRMG3203)
  • HRM in the Workplace (HRMG2201)
  • Business Research Project (MARK5030)
  • Contemporary Business Issues (CORP3543)
  • Global Operations & Supply Chain Management (CORP2551)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHCM)

Conference attendance

17 May 2022, "Evaluating Prospects for Large-Scale Governance Reforms Within Informal Socio-Political Contexts: A Case Study of The Decentralization Reforms in Jordan". Paper presented at the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) International Academic Seminar. De Montfort University, Leicester. (invited speaker)

Postgraduate supervisions

Taylor Meakins, Praveen Kathirvel, Warunya Jaiwoo, Ajin Shibu George, Eshwar Saraswathi, Sartajsingh Sandhu, Shahzad Anwar, Sheenu Maria, Sunita Rani. MSc Students conducting their individual business consultancy projects. 1st supervisor. Completed October 2022.