Meenakshi Sarkar

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

Associate Fellow HE

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.

LUBS0060: Introduction to HRM Module Leader

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

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


  • Teaching, Dissertation Supervision, Personal tutor
  • International student recruitment and research collaborations

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, Management consulting and Migration issues

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change