Dr Sundeep Aulakh


I joined WERD as an ESRC/SAMS Management and Business Development Fellow in July 2013 and began my appointment as University Academic Fellow two years later (August 2015).

Before this, I held academic positions at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, and the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

I also spent a number of years working as an economic development consultant based in Sheffield where I specialised in business support, innovation & competitiveness and managed wide-ranging research projects commissioned by UK & Scottish government departments, regional and local public-sector organizations, as well as not-for-profit bodies.  

I undertook my PhD at the Centre for Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2002.  


  • LUBS Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team
  • I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Professions & Organization.

Research interests

Focusing on professions and professional organizations, my research interests include:

  1. AI and lawtech discourse, technological innovation in legal services and its impact on providers, practitioners, and the prospects for social justice.
  2. Liberalization of, and competition in, professional services.
  3. Professional associations - their  functions, relevance, and future prospects.
  4. Routes to professionalization; licensing, credentialing, and others forms of occupational closure.
  5. The organization, management & financialization of professional service firms (PSFs).
  6. Market dynamics, new organizational forms, and business models delivering professional services.
  7. Professionalism, misconduct, ethics, discipline, regulation (of conduct) and compliance.
  8. Diversity, equality & inclusion in professional occupations, and practitioner well-being.


  • PhD Welfare state restructuring & the enabling role of local government.
  • BA (Hons.) Community Management
  • HND Business and Finance

Student education

I mainly teach the sociology and economics of management consulting, and digital research methods.

I am interested in supervising PhD candidates with similar research interests.  

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change