Dr Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee

Acting Deputy Head of Department, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Lead for Athena Swan

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Management

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Management , Human Resources Management , Leadership and management , Management and Leadership , Gender , International Business

Sunrita’s research interests include comparative research across two or more countries with regards to gender and the labour market. The research themes that she is developing link theoretical concepts from gender and technology literature with theoretical aspects of international business literature with regards to the intersectional perspectives in the study of transnational organizations in advanced and emerging economies.

Email: sunrita.dhar-bhattacharjee@anglia.ac.uk

Tweet: @sunritadb


Prior to joining ARU, Sunrita was working at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University. Her last research project was on ICT offshoring from Sweden to India, examining the gendered constructions and conditions in ICT offshoring, and exploring the barriers to collaborative working (www.offswing.gender.uu.se.)

While working as a Research Fellow in the School of Built Environment, at Salford University, Sunrita worked on various consultancy works with the North West Development Agency (NWDA) - the equality and diversity guidance note on sustainable buildings and checklist of key performance indicators on accessibility, community engagement, workforce under-representation and work and training initiatives. Sunrita has been working with Construction Skills on the Women and Work: Sector Pathways Initiative (which received the 'Best Training Scheme Award' at the National Women in Construction Awards, March 2010) in the UK.

Sunrita has experience of facilitating innovation and learning in businesses, principally through collaborative working groups and action learning sets. She developed positive training initiatives and in-house equality and diversity and corporate social responsibility policies and training for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North West England and learning development programmes to assist in the development of the workforce.

Research interests

  • Women and work
  • Gender segregation in the labour market
  • Virtual work and Offshoring
  • Transnational organisations and knowledge transfer
  • Strategic HR and sustainability in organisations

Areas of research supervision

Sunrita is currently supervising two PhD students and second supervising two PhD students in the following areas:

  • Strategic HR involvement for implementation for Environmental Sustainability in Organisations
  • Exploration of the relationship between female supervisors and female employees in the indigenous businesses in Nigeria
  • How can organisations train and educate their employees to be innovative through the concept of learning and development: The case of Gala Coral
  • To evaluate the Strategic Alliances in Private Business Schools in India: Case based evaluation of UK India partnership

She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students for their major projects.


  • Academic skills
  • Developing Professional Practice using Information in HR
  • HRM and Improving Organisational Performance
  • Introduction to Organisations and management
  • Professional and Organisational development


  • 2016 Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2013 PGCert in Teaching and Learning, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2013 PhD: Gender segregation in IT – a comparative study with UK and India, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2005 PG Cert Project Management, Open University, UK
  • 1999 Masters in International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  • 1997 Bachelor in Political Science (Honours), Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Memberships, editorial boards

Member of editorial board, International Journal of e-Politics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Sunrita was actively involved in preparing the bids for the following proposals.

  • Women in audio visual engineering, project funded by the European Social Fund focusing on working practices of media companies – BBC, ITV, Granada and investigating reasons for attrition for women in technical roles - ESF, £86,752.00. Award Date: 07/07/2006 (Successful)
  • Creating an opportunity for Building services engineers; project funded by the Greater Manchester Strategic Alliance focusing on skills gaps, future business needs and assessing educational provisions and progression routes for learners. £16,000 – 2008 (Successful)
  • Women & Work: Sector Pathways Initiative (W&WSPI) project phase three and four, funded by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry - £90,000 per year till March 2011. (Successful)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Early Research Scholarship Scheme Award from the University of Salford – Implementing E&D measures in public procurement, 2009-2010 - £2,000 for 2 years (Successful)
  • University of Salford alumni internal fund – Annual Fund (£7,000) for two years - From University to Employment for Female STEM Students, 2011-2012. (Successful)
  • Swedish Research Council Project: Gendered conditions and gender constructions in ICT offshoring between Sweden and India 3 years: £ 32 500 for subcontracting via Uppsala University + £21,500 for travel. (Successful) – 2011/2012- 2013/2014

Selected recent publications

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S. and Richardson, H (2017). A tour of India in one workplace. Paper accepted for publication for IT and People Journal, ABS *3, Forthcoming.

Paraskevopoulou. A and Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S, (2017). How to Get Your Foot in the Door? – Hiring discrimination and the role of Trade Unions across countries. Paper to be presented at the Special Issue International Journal of Manpower and conference on "Hiring Discrimination: Measures, Moderators and Mechanisms" at Vaxjo, Sweden.23-24th Aug, 2017.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S. (2017). Is Work-life balance a baloney? Paper presented at the Conference on, ‘GENDER, ACTIVISM AND POLITICS IN INDIA & SWEDEN’ at Malaviya Centre for Peace Research and the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Banaras Hindu University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Karlstad University, Sweden.2-4th April 2017.

Salminen-Karlsson, M., and Peterson, H. and Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S. (2016). Ideal Employees in Transnational ICT Companies. Book chapter published by Springer, 2016 in ‘Gender in transnational knowledge companies’.

Blomqvist, M., Peterson, H and Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S.,(2015). You Feel the Threat From Asia. Onshore Experiences of IT Offshoring to India” is accepted for publication to the Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies (Dec 2015 issue).

Blomqvist, M., and Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S.,(2013) – “Offshoring software development from Sweden to India,” Paper presented at the The First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, 21 - 23 August 2013, Turku, Finland.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., Blomqvist, M., and Salminen, M. (2012) – “IT offshoring from Sweden to India,” Paper presented at the Gender Work & Organisation Conference, Keele University, UK, 27 -29 June 2012

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., & Takruri-Rizk, H. (2011). Gender segregation and ICT: An Indo-British comparison. International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP), Vol 2, No 1, Page 45-67, Jan -March 2011.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., & Takruri-Rizk, H. (2011). Gender segregation and ICT: An Indo-British comparison, Celia Romm Livermore (Eds.), Gender and Social Computing: Interactions, Differences, and Relationships (pp 50-71). IGI Global Publishing.

Takruri-Rizk, H, Sappleton, N and Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S (2010). Progression of UK women engineers: Aids and Hurdles, Carter-Steel, A. and Carter E (Eds.), Women in engineering, science and technology: Education and career challenges (pp 280-300). IGI Global Publishing.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., (2010), Total Place – pooling public money: a discussion paper, CCI, June 2010.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., & Takruri-Rizk, H.(2010), ‘Women and work in SECT: Indo-British comparison’, Paper presented at the EDI Conference, Vienna, July 15-17th, Vienna.

Dhar-Bhattacharjee,S., & Takruri-Rizk, H.(2010), ‘Occupational segregation in SECT: Indo-British comparison,” Paper presented at the Gender Work & Organisation Conference, Keele University, UK, 21 -23 June 2010
Worrall, L & Harris, K E & Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S & Thomas, A & Stewart, R & McDermott, P 2010, Barriers to Women in Professional Roles in the UK Construction Industry, in: 'CIB 2010 World Conference', University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom. Conference details: Salford Quays, 11th-13th May 2010, U.K.
Worrall, L & Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S & Harris, K & Thomas, A & Stewart, R & McDermott, P (2010), Obstacles to Women in the UK Construction Industry, in: '10th Diversity Conference ', Common Ground Publishing, Belfast, UK. Conference details: 10th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 19th-21st July

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S and Worrall, L, (2009),'Equality and Diversity Guidance Framework for Procurement', for: NWDA, Manchester, England.  June 2009
Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., & Takruri-Rizk, H.(2009),  ‘Women in Engineering: The Business Case for Organisational Diversity’, paper presented at the Equal Opportunities International Conference, 15 - 17 July Turkey.
Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., & Takruri-Rizk, H.(2009),   ‘Women in SET: Consequences of a gendered education system’, Paper presented to the 5th Education in a Changing Environment Conference, 15-17th Sept 2009, UK.
Dhar-Bhattacharjee,S., & Williams, A (2008), “Ladder of opportunity for students in building services engineering Final Report” University of Salford and Greater Manchester Strategic Alliance, August 2008
Takruri-Rizk, H., Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S, Sappleton, N, (2008) “Take your pick: work-life balance or retention and progression: women engineers in UK’s engineering industry ?,” Paper presented at the 11th International Conference of women engineers and scientists, 15-18 July 2008, Lille, France
Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S, Takruri-Rizk, H& et al, (2008) “The Gender Pay Gap in UK’s Engineering Industry”, Paper presented at the Equal Opportunities International Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 1-3 July, 2008                                                  
Sappleton, N, Takruri-Rizk, H; Dhar-Bhattacharjee,S (2007) “ Organisational Culture of NW Engineering Workplaces: The Influence on Women Engineers,’’ Paper presented at the 6th Annual IAS-STS Conference, Austria, 24-25 May 2007, ISBN 3-95022421-1-1
Dhar-Bhattacharjee,S., & Takruri-Rizk, H & et al, (2007) “Practices of North west engineering companies leaving women engineers in an abyss of despair,” Paper presented at the Gender Work & Organisation Conference, Keele University, UK, 27 -29 June 2007
Takruri-Rizk,H & Dhar-Bhattacharjee S & et al, (2007) “Women in Audio Visual engineering Final Report” University of Salford & European Social Fund, December
Dhar-Bhattacharjee,S., & Takruri-Rizk, H,Sappleton, N, (2007)“Studying Organisational cultures & their effects on women engineers in England’s North West region,” Paper presented at the 8th European Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow, 3-6th September.
Takruri-Rizk, H, Sappleton, N, Worrall, L, Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S, Bezer, B, (2006) ‘’Women in North West Engineering Final Report” University of Salford & European Social Fund, December 2006
Sappleton, N; Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S; Takruri-Rizk, H (2007) “WAVE-ing goodbye to the women? Explaining gender segregation in Audio Video industries,” Paper presentation at the Work, Employment & Society (WES) Conference 2007, Aberdeen, 12-14 September.

Recent presentations and conferences

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., and Peterson, H. (2014) 'Differences in transnational customer provider relations and implications on work-life balance', Paper presented at Cambridge Business & Economics Conference (CBEC), 1-2nd July 2014, University of Cambridge.
Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., and Peterson, H. (2014), 'Gender in ICT careers in Sweden and India', Paper presented at the Gender Work & Organisation Conference, Keele University, UK, 24-26th June 2014.


Recipient of the Oxford Journal Top 50 Educators Award at Said Business School, University of Oxford, 22-23rd November 2015.
Beneficiary of a Vice-Chancellor's Early Research Scholarship Scheme Award from the University of Salford for the pursuit of implementing Equality and Diversity policies in public procurement.(2009-2011) (http://staff.salford.ac.uk/news/details/1203)
Women & Work: Sector Pathways Initiative (W&WSPI) project phase three (which received the ‘Best Training Scheme Award’ at the National Women in Construction Awards, March 2010, UK) (http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/5791-cci-s-women-in-construction-support-wins-national-award.html)

Media experience

Women & Work: Sector Pathways Initiative (W&WSPI) project phase three (which received the ‘Best Training Scheme Award’ at the National Women in Construction Awards, March 2010, UK) (http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/5791-cci-s-women-in-construction-support-wins-national-award.html