Aparna studied accounting and finance as an undergraduate in Hyderabad, India, minoring in international business. Her interest in multinational corporations, globalisation, and managing across cultures led to her pursuing a postgraduate degree in international management at the University of Bath. Capitalising on her interest in culture, ethics, gender, and careers, Aparna aspires to help construct equitable organisational environments where all individuals can thrive. To enhance her expertise, and conduct research in the aforementioned fields, Aparna started her doctoral studies at the School of Business and Management, QMUL in 2019. Alongside her PhD, Aparna is also working towards a teaching qualification through the CILT Programme at QMUL, and aims to gain recognition as an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Apart from her professional interests, Aparna is passionate about increasing access to higher education, living sustainably, and conserving the environment.
At Queen Mary, Aparna is associated with the Centre for Research on Equality and Diversity, and the Department of People and Organisations. Aparna currently serves as the course representative for the Year 2 PhD cohort, and is involved in organising the PhD Forum. Her interest in reducing inequities in higher education has led to her associations with Reach Out UK, and The Brilliant Club.
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Aparna’s research is inter-disciplinary and draws from the disciplines of management, sociology, and psychology. Her doctoral thesis explores the intricacies between gender, structures, individual identity, and career advancement in the context of India. She studies the lived experiences of professional Indian women primarily in multinational organisations, and focuses on the adaptive strategies women develop to navigate through and advance within their careers. Aparna expects to publish her research in leading Management journals in the future.