Dr. Meenakshi Sarkar

Dr. Meenakshi Sarkar



2015 to 2019: PhD, University of Leeds
2013: MA Human Resource Management, Distinction, University of Leeds
1997: MA English Literature, University of Calcutta
1994: BA English Literature, University of Calcutta

Associations and Professional Memberships

Fellow HEA

British Sociological Association (BSA)
British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)
National HRD Network, India (Life member)

Academic Awards

2022 Post Graduate Certificate In Academic Practice (PGCAP)

2018: CERIC Annual conference, First prize, Poster presentation
2017: BSA regional Conference on Public Sociology, First prize - The Reflexive Researcher- a poem about the pains of reflexivity
2016: White Rose DTC Conference, Second prize, Poster- In[taxi]cated, in a CAGE-Employment Challenges of British Pakistani men and why a quarter of them drive taxis
2016: Finalist for the Annual Student Impact Award, University of Leeds
2015: Finalist at the 3MT- Three Minute Thesis presentation, Leeds
2015: University of Karlstad Doctoral colloquium, (Sweden) First Prize, Presentation
2013: ABECEDER Award for outstanding contribution by an international student on the MA HRM programme, LUBS

Academic Experience

2020-present: Lecturer in Work, Employment Relations and HRM 

2018-2020: Teaching Fellow in Work, Employment Relations and HRM
2018-Present: Dissertation Tutor, MA HRM & Consulting
2015-2018: Part time Module Assistant and Seminar Tutor
2015-2017: LUBS funded Doctoral Researcher, Leeds

Past Experience

2013-2014: Director Learning & Development, Earth Infrastructure Ltd, New Delhi
2011-2012: Senior Vice President- Sales Excellence, NetAmbit Info Services, New Delhi
2007-2010: Associate Director- HR, MetLife India Insurance Limited, Gurgaon
2002-2007: Associate Vice President-Training, Max New York Life Insurance, New Delhi
2000-2002: Key Account Management, Oriflame India Limited, Kolkata
1999-2000: Product Manager, The Gramophone Company of India (SaReGaMa), Kolkata
1997-1999: Sales Promotion Manager, Bausch & Lomb India Limited, Kolkata
1994-1997: Sales Promotion Coordinator, Procter & Gamble, Kolkata

Modules I teach and lead

LUBS5365M: Diversity Management PG (Module Leader)

LUBS5322: Strategic HRM and data analytics PG 

LUBS1080: Personal Tutorials for Human Resource Management PG

LUBS1125: Economic Institutions (Labour) UG (Module Leader)

LUBS5330 HRM core PG

LUBS5376M: Human Resource Management Dissertation PG
LUBS5594M: Management Consulting Projects PG

Modules taught in the past

LUBS0060: Introduction to HRM IFY 

LUBS2060: Contemporary Industrial Relations UG
LUBS1585: Economic Institutions (Industry) UG
LUBS3095: Global perspectives of HRM & ER UG
LUBS3065: Controversies in Employment Relations UG
LUBS2000: Management, Work and Organisations UG
LUBS3311: Human Resource Management Dissertation UG
LUBS3002: Diversity Management UG

Diversity, HRM, British Pakistanis, Occupational Segregation, Ethnic minorities, taxi drivers


  • Ex Divisional Director Internationalisation

Research interests

My research interests span across issues around diversity and inclusion related to occupational segregation and employment challenges for ethnic minorities. My doctoral research focussed on the employment challenges faced by British Pakistani men and why a quarter of them drive taxis for a living. Drawing from Bourdieusian theory and concepts, the ethnographic approach of my study explores the nuances of the structure-agency debate in sociology through the case of Pakistani taxi drivers in the UK, by integrating intersectionality to the framework.

My future research focus is planned to be an investigation of the effectiveness of active labour market policies aimed at ethnic minorities; diversity and inclusion measures and effectiveness in organisations


  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Advanced HE
  • BSA
  • NHRDN (India)
  • SASE
  • CIPD

Student education

I teach and supervise in areas around Human resource management, Diversity and inclusion,  Migration and ethnic minorities employment issues

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change