I am an alumnus of the University of Bath School of Management and the University of Leeds Business School. I have lived in the UK for a total of 9 years, and while I was there I developed a passion for teaching and research, inspired by my lecturers at both universities. For me, being an academic gives me the opportunity to be creative and to connect with and motivate the people around me, both students and colleagues. I’m interested in everything digital, especially up-and-coming technologies that enhance the online experiences of consumers. This reflected in my choice of PhD research area, my thesis being titled “The Evolution of Interactivity in Social Commerce: A Multi-Faceted Investigation”.
Dr Sarea has published two books, editor of three books, published four book chapters and more than 50 papers in internationally renowned journals and he serves on the editorial team of several international journals published by Elsevier Publishing, Emerald Group Publishing, Inderscience Publishers Ltd and IGI Global Publisher, USA.
Awarded the Best Paper Award in 2014, Emerald Publishing Group, Literati Network Awards for Excellence. “Adoption of AAOIFI Accounting Standards by Islamic Banks of Bahrain”: Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting. Vol.11, (1), 2013. pp 131-142.
Holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University, UK (1987), awarded for his thesis ‘Computer-aided categorisation and quantification of connectives in English and Arabic (based on newspaper text corpora)’
Has written and presented a weekly TV programme for learners of English, aired nationally in Iraq
Was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education for Quality of Postgraduate Theses Supervision, 1995
Awarded Medal of the Government of Iraq for academic achievement through a Presidential decree in 1999