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Sankar Sivarajah

Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy, University of Bradford

Sankar Sivarajah joined the School of Management at the University of Bradford in December 2017 and is a Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy. He is currently the Head of School of Management and the Head of Business Analytics, Circular Economy and Supply Chain Research Centre. He was also part of the University’s Research Practice Innovation Group led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Engagement) to help shape the University’s 2020-25 Research and Innovation (R&I) strategy. His passion for research and teaching is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on the use of emerging digital technology for the betterment of society, be it in a business or government context.

He is currently engaged in research and teaching in the field of circular economy and responsible use of technology by businesses and governments. He is experienced in designing and developing award-winning industry-relevant degree programmes in fields such as Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

He is a Deputy Editor of Journal of Enterprise Information Management and has published over 50 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research has featured in reputable media/trade publications such as BBC Yorkshire, Computer Weekly, The Conversation, Public Sector Focus and London School of Economics academic blog.

To date, he has a successful track record as Principal and Co-investigator in over £3 million worth of R&I and consultancy projects funded by national, international funding bodies and commercial organisations. Some of the notable funders have been the European Commission (FP7, H2020, Marie Curie), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Innovate UK/DEFRA and British Council focusing on projects addressing business and societal challenges surrounding themes such as Blockchain use in Financial Services, Smart Waste and Cities, Energy-efficient data centres, Social innovation and Participatory Budgeting (currently being developed as an impact case). Some of the key past and present industry and public sector partners that he has collaborations with are Fraunhofer, Deloitte, Thales, Enel, Telefonica, Vodafone, Leeds Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, Hounslow Council, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Arup and PA Consulting to name a few.

He was awarded a PhD in 2014 in Management Information Systems from Brunel University London, which focused on the development of a technology evaluation and impact assessment framework for local government authorities. He holds a first-class BSc (Hons) in Business and Management specialising in Computer Sciences from Brunel University London and MSc with Distinction in Management specialising in Entrepreneurship from The City Business School (previously known as Cass), City University London.

He was also recognised and awarded by The City Business School an honorary membership to the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) society, an international honour society recognizing business excellence. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS). He tweets at @SankarSivarajah.

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