School of Business and Management

Dr Sadhvi Dar


Senior Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility/Business Ethics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2701
Room Number: Room 4.03, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Student drop-in and feedback hours
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00pm

Undergraduate Teaching

Corporations and Social Responsibility (BUS237)

Postgraduate Teaching

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics (BUSM175)


Research Interests:

Sadhvi Dar holds a Diploma in Art and Design, a BSc in Psychology and a PhD in Management Studies. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of Senate at Queen Mary. Her research investigates the juncture between measurement and culture, processes of knowledge production, ​governance and accountability structures and centers the marginalised or muted voices in institutions. Her work has contributed to current understandings in organization studies about accountability, reporting and decolonizing. Her research has been published in Organisation Studies, Human Relations, Organization, and Gender Work and Organization.

Theoretically, Sadhvi finds inspiration in postcolonial studies, decolonizing frameworks, social philosophy and psychoanalytic approaches, however, she also has an interest in post-structural theory more broadly. Her empirical work is diverse, ranging from critiques of NGO management, through to international development, higher education institutions, local government and arts organizations. Sadhvi has expertise in ethnography, archival research, discourse / narrative approaches, visual methodologies, cross-cultural analysis and interviewing.


Journal Articles

  • Dar, S. & Ibrahim, Y. (2019) The Blackened Body and White Governmentality: Managing the UK academy and the production of shame, Gender, Work and Organization, Early View:
  • Inchley, M., Dar, S., Pujara, S. & Baker, S. (2019) The Verbatim Formula: caring for care leavers in the neoliberal university, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 24:3, 413-419, DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2019.1604128
  • Dar, S. (2018) ‘The Masque of Blackness: Or, Performing assimilation in the White Academe’ Organization (forthcoming), 26(3): pp.432-446.

  • Dar, S. and Salmon, U. (2018) Inside the Ivory Tower, Book Review. Gender Work and Organization, DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12273

  • Dar, S. (2017) 'De-Colonizing the Boundary-Object' Organization Studies, pp(1-20)

  • Dar, S. (2014) 'Hybrid Accountabilities: When Western and Non-Western Accountabilities Collide' Human Relations, 67(2), pp131-151.

  • Dar, S (2008) ‘Re-Connecting Histories: The Dual Modernization of Development-Management’, Journal of Health Management and Organizations, 22 (2), pp93-110. Emerald Award for Excellence: Outstanding Paper Award Winner.

  • Dar, S (2007) ‘Negotiating Autonomy: Organising Identities in NGOs’, Journal of Health Management, 9 (2) pp161-188.

  • Dar, S (1999) ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Effect of Feedback on Personal Reflection: An evaluation of one-to-one feedback in occupational psychology’, The Occupational Psychologist, Special Edition, 38, pp43-58.


  • Dar, S & Cooke, B (2008) Eds. The New Development Management:  Critiquing the Dual Modernization. Zed Books, London.

Book Chapters

  • Phillips, N. & Dar, S (2009) ‘Strategy’. Chapter in H.Willmott, M. Alvesson, T. Bridgman eds. Handbook of Critical Management Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press (pp30).
  • Dar, S (2008) ‘Non Governmental Organizations’. Entry in S. Clegg & J.R. Bailey eds. International Encyclopaedia of Organization Studies, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (pp10).
  • Cooke, B & Dar, S (2008) ‘Introduction: Critiquing the Dual Modernization’. In S. Dar & B. Cooke eds. The New Development Management:  Critiquing the Dual Modernization (pp10). Zed Books: London (pp1-17).
  • Dar, S (2008) ‘Real-izing Development: Reports, Realities and Re-envisioning the Self’ in S. Dar & B. Cooke (Eds) The New Development Management: Critiquing the Dual Modernization, Ch.10 (pp177-197).
  • Dar, S (2004) ‘Representing, Translating or Constructing? Reporting on HIV/AIDS Projects’ in L. Earle (ed.) Creativity and Constraint: Grassroots monitoring and evaluation and the international aid arena, Oxford: INTRAC, pp77-92.

Prizes and Grants:

2017    Awarded three-year AHRC funding award for The Verbatim Formula research project looking at the value of arts methodologies used for service evaluation. Co-Investigator

2017    Awarded SBM Research Environment funding for The Verbatim Formula project
2017    Winner of QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Award for The Verbatim Formula Project    

2015    Awarded SBM seed-corn funding for Performance-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Pilot (The Verbatim Formula)

2013    Awarded 12-month sabbatical for archival research on Shenley Mental Hospital 

2012    Awarded funding for Leverhulme Artist in Residency programme

2011    Application Shortlisted for Leverhulme Artist in Residency programme
2011    Nominated for Drapers Award for Excellence in Teaching, QMUL

2009    Nominated for Drapers Award for Excellence in Teaching, QMUL
2009    Emerald Award for Excellence: Outstanding Paper Award Winner
2006    Economic and Social Research Council Full Scholarship 3 month extension
2005    Fitzwilliam College Student Bursary
2005    Judge Business School Conference Support Grant
2005    Centre for Latin American Studies Travel Grant
2004    Economic and Social Research Council Research Training Scheme Grant
2003    Judge Business School Travel Grant
2003    Economic and Social Research Council Full Scholarship for PhD study
2002    PhD short-listed for Leverhulme Trust Study Overseas Award
2001    Undergraduate Dissertation nominated for Best Report 2001

Professional Affiliations:

2017 - Awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

March 2010 – present: Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London.

July 2009 – present: VIDA - Association for Women Critical Management Women Scholars (Founding member and Organizing Committee)

June 2009 – present: Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity, Queen Mary, University of London

June 2010 – present: European Academy of Management (Member)

June 2006 – present: Academy of Management (Member)


I welcome the opportunity to work with PhD students from various backgrounds and disciplines who would like to embark on a PhD in Management and Organization Studies. I would especially encourage applicants using a critical theoretical framework and qualitative approach to get in touch.

PhD supervision

  • Mahwish Sikander

Theoretical frameworks that I find interesting are:

  • Management and organization theory (Critical management studies, equalities, power)
  • Post-structural and critical approaches
  • Decolonizing and Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical race and critical whiteness studies
  • Psycho-social studies
  • Black Feminism
  • Knowledge production (communications, boundary-objects, local forms)

Research methods that I have expertise in:

  • Ethnography
  • Observation
  • Interviewing
  • Textual / documentary analysis
  • Archival research
  • Art critique and analysing visual artefacts or performance

I would like to supervise theses in the following fields and subjects:

  • International development and NGOs
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • NGO monitoring and evaluation
  • NGO reporting and CSR reporting
  • Arts-based evaluation
  • Arts organizing
  • Social movements and liberation movements
  • Environment, ecologies
  • Indigenous organizing, knowledge and communications
  • Universities and higher education (neo-liberalisation, equalities, racism)

Current Doctoral Students

Second supervisor: 

  • Solomon Akpotozor, 'Social and Environmental Accounting: Industry and Community (Subaltern) Perspectives'

Public Engagement

Sadhvi has a long-standing commitment to third sector organizations and activism. She has been organizing workshops and conference streams that address power relations in her field and beyond since 2005. She is currently working with The Decolonizing Alliance and Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective - two interconnected projects that seek to address inequalities in the business management field. Previously, she has worked with Mind, Oxfam, Save the Children, the Naz Foundation and CARE International on a variety of issues including: HIV stigma and prevention, LBGTQI rights, child-focussed interventions, mental health issues and monitoring and evaluation. She is an advocate for interventions that engage meaningfully with the lives and experiences of people of colour.

Find out more about Sadhvi's initiatives and projects here:

The Decolonizing Alliance - An online community committed to organizing around issues of inequalities, neo-colonial power relations and material impediments faced by people of colour and Global South scholars.

Building the Anti Racist Classroom - A collective of business management scholars involved in developing strategies that address racism in the business management field.

The Verbatim Formula: Making listening visible - An AHRC funded collaborative project with Drama.

BreakThrough! The Bangladeshi Women's Careers Group - A student and alumni-led project that develops evidence-based interventions addressing discrimination in universities and the workplace.