Meenakshi Sarkar

Meenakshi Sarkar



2015 to present: PhD on going, 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

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

Academic Awards

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

2018-Present: 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

20132014: Director Learning & Development, Earth Infrastructure Ltd, New Delhi
20112012: Senior Vice President- Sales Excellence, NetAmbit Info Services, New Delhi
20072010: Associate Director- HR, MetLife India Insurance Limited, Gurgaon
20012007: Associate Vice President-Training, Max New York Life Insurance, New Delhi
20002001: Key Account Management, Oriflame India Limited, Kolkata
19992000: Product Manager, The Gramophone Company of India (SaReGaMa), Kolkata
19971999: Sales Promotion Manager, Bausch & Lomb India Limited, Kolkata
19941997: Sales Promotion Coordinator, Procter & Gamble, Kolkata

My research interests span across 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, whilst my future research focus is planned to be an investigation of the effectiveness of active labour market policies aimed at ethnic minorities.

LUBS1080: Personal Tutorials for Human Resource Management
LUBS2060: Contemporary Industrial Relations
LUBS1585: Economic Institutions (Industry)
LUBS1125: Economic Institutions (Labour)
LUBS3095: Global perspectives of HRM & ER
LUBS3065: Controversies in Employment Relations
LUBS2000: Management, Work and Organisations
LUBS3311: Human Resource Management Dissertation
LUBS3002: Diversity Management
LUBS5365M: Diversity Management
LUBS5376M: Human Resource Management Dissertation
LUBS5594M: Management Consulting Projects

Taxi drivers, British Pakistanis, Occupational Segregation, Ethnic minorities


  • Teaching, Dissertation Supervision, Personal tutor

Research interests

My PhD is a qualitative study of British Pakistani men driving 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.

Professional memberships

  • SASE
  • BSA
  • NHRDN (India)

Student education

I teach in areas around human resource management, diversity management, economic institutions, and migration issues

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change