Sundeep Aulakh

Academic Fellow in Work and Employment Relations

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Academic, Professional, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
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Curriculum Vitae:
Sundeep Aulakh CV
Professions, professional service firms, legal profession, regulation, institutional theory, diversity.


January 2002 – PhD Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
1994 – BA (Hons.) Community Management, University of Bedfordshire,
1992 – HND Business and Finance, 1990-1992, Thames Valley University.


2013 to date – ESRC/SAMS/UKCES Research Fellow, University of Leeds.
2004 to 2013 – Senior Consultant, ekosgen, Sheffield
2002 to 2004 – Research Fellow, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham   
1997 to 1998 – Research Assistant, University of Cambridge
1997 to 1997 – Temporary Research Assistant, ECOTEC Research and Consulting


Sundeep completed her PhD at Centre for Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. She went on to hold held academic positions at the University of Birmingham and Cambridge University. She also spent a number of years working as an economic development consultant where she specialised in business competitiveness and managed large-scale research projects commissioned by government departments and regional and local organizations.

Sundeep’s research focuses on the organization and management practices of professional service firms, the regulation of professions, professional workers; and professionalization strategies. This is informed by a number of theoretical perspectives including: institutional theory, the sociology of professions, and regulation theory. Sundeep is conducting research on the legal profession, and exploring a range of topics: the emergence of new organizational forms; changing modes of regulation and compliance; and diversity. She has also been involved in a national study of professional associations in the US.   

Sundeep has published in leading journals such as Journal of Law and Society, The International Journal of the Legal Profession, and is co-authoring a book to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.


Sundeep is teaching institutional theory on the ‘Understanding Your Discipline’ module for post-graduate students. She also supervises LUBS MA students with their research dissertation. Sundeep is also interested in supervising prospective PhD students on research projects that involve the organization and management practices of professional service firms.


Doctoral Supervision

Sue Hensby, Flexible Employment
Co-supervising with Jenny Tomlinson and Mark Stuart



Muzio, D. Kirkpatrick, I. and Aulakh, S. (forthcoming) Professional Occupations and Organizations. Cambridge University Press.

Aulakh, S. and Loughrey, J. (2017 forthcoming) Regulating from the Inside: The Role of Compliance Officers For Legal Practice. Journal of Law and Society.

Aulakh, S and Kirkpatrick, I. (2016) Changing regulation and the future of the professional partnership: the case of the Legal Services Act, 2007 in England and Wales. International Journal of the Legal Profession. Vol. 23(3): 277-303.

July 2014 – Institutional work and institutional complexity: A case study of compliance officers in Alternative Business.  Paper presented at European Group of Organizational Studies, Rotterdam with Prof. Ian Kirkpatrick.

July 2014 – 5th Accountability and the Regulation of the Large Law Firm Lawyer.  Paper presented at 5th International Conference of Legal Ethics, London with Prof. Joan Loughrey

June, 2014 – Exogenous Jolts and the Reconfiguration of Professional Fields: A case study of English legal services. Paper presented at Paper Development Masterclass for Early Career Researchers, Newcastle University Business School.

(2007) Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Plugging the Accountability Gap. Vol. 25 (194–211).  With S. Snape and R. Ashworth.

(2004) ‘The Transformation of The UK State: Rolling Back or Rolling Out?’ In E. Bohne (ed.) Transatlantic Perspectives on Governance.  

(September 2003) The Response of Regional Development Agencies to the Scrutiny Function of Regional Assemblies: Enhancing or Subverting Accountability in the English Regions?  Paper presented at the Public Administration Conference, York University.

(June 2003) The Transformation of The UK State: Rolling Back or Rolling Out?  Paper presented at the Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany. 

(April 2003) The Effectiveness of Regional Scrutiny.  Paper presented with S. Snape and R. Ashworth at the Political Studies Association Conference, Leicester University. 

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