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Dr Sadhvi Dar


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


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. Her research investigates the juncture between measurement and culture, and contributes to current understandings in organization studies about accountability, reporting and processes of knowledge production. Theoretically, Sadhvi finds inspiration in postcolonial studies, 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, international development, mental health organizations and arts organizations. Sadhvi has expertise in ethnography, archival research, discourse / narrative approaches, cross-cultural analysis and interviewing.

Sadhvi has a long-standing commitment to third sector organizations and activism. She is working with The Evaluation Project – a collective of artists, practitioners and academics – who engage with the challenges of using quantitative monitoring tools to measure the worth and value of community-based arts projects. Previously, she has worked with Mind, Oxfam, Save the Children, the Naz Foundation and CARE International on a variety of issues including: HIV prevention, LBGTQ rights, child-focussed interventions, mental health issues and monitoring and evaluation.


Journal Articles

  • 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)

PhD Supervision

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.


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'
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