Dr Paroma Bhattacharya is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Management, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) and the LSE Social Innovation Lab. She is currently working on her post-doctoral research project, focused on ‘Leadership Development in Startup Social Enterprise Teams’, funded by the ERC grant, ‘Individual Action through Social Organizations: The Case of Poverty’.
Her research interests and expertise lie in the field of social innovation, with a focus on leadership and team development within startup social enterprises and the incubation/acceleration of early-stage social ventures. Her current research project uses a leadership lens to explore and understand the development and performance of startup social enterprise teams in emerging economies.
Paroma completed her Ph.D. in Management from Durham University Business School, in association with the LSE Social Innovation Lab. She is a member of the International Centre for Leadership and Followership at Durham University and also serves as the Community Incubation and Learning Manager at the LSE Social Innovation Lab. She has a B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Master’s in Development Management from LSE. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the LSE and the Indian School of Design and Innovation Parsons, Mumbai. She has worked for several years as a business and leadership coach for startup social entrepreneurs at UnLtd India, a leading social enterprise incubator in India. She has worked on social innovation consulting projects for PwC and IBM in the UK, Practical Action in Sri Lanka and BRAC in Bangladesh. She also worked for several years with the international NGO AIESEC and spent a year in Denmark, working as the National Vice President of Human Resources and International Exchange Programmes for AIESEC Denmark. Her research, work and field experience, in the domains of Social Innovation and International Development, spans across 10 years and several countries, including India, UK, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Kenya