The BARC Collective came together in 2017, connecting through a shared interest in decolonising critical management studies and scholar-activism. We believe that business and management studies consistently centres whiteness and Anglo-American capitalist ideologies that are inherently damaging and exploitative. In response, we are working to create strategies and possibilities for alternative learning and working conditions. Our practices include critical research and methodologies, arts-led interventions, inclusive workshopping and centring the marginalised in society. We are influenced by a variety of radical and critical thinkers and activists; please see our suggested reading list for more information. We are part of the Decolonizing Alliance initiative that seeks to invigorate activism across universities around the world.
Dr Deborah N Brewis, Lecturer in Organisation Studies, University of Bath, UK
Deborah is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Organisation Studies, holding PhD in the field of critical diversities studies from Warwick Business School and an MPhil in Gender Studies from the University of Birmingham. her PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her research interests centre around organising difference and the management of the self, with a focus on relations of power, subjectivities, (in)equalities, and affective relations. She is currently doing research around solidarity communities in work contexts, and digital social influencers. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches courses with a focus on ethics, leadership and change. She has previously won grants from the ESRC and the University of Warwick to organise events to engage the general public and students in research, and creates digital content for the journal Management Learning. Deborah is a highly active member of the VIDA network, having led a number of community projects, and is a founding member of the Decolonizing Alliance.
Dr Sadhvi Dar, Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics and CSR, Queen Mary University of London, U.K.
Sadhvi is a mid-career academic and has an established presence in the postcolonial and decolonizing studies scholarly communities within the management and organization discipline. She was awarded her PhD in 2006 from the University of Cambridge. Her research draws on ethnographic and psychosocial methodologies and includes critical analyses of the international development sector, NGO management, and the intersection of race and gender in higher education. Sadhvi’s work has been published in Human Relations, Organization Studies, Gender, Work & Organization and Organization. She has been co-organizing anti-racist and decolonizing events and workshops at international conferences since 2005, this includes streams at International Critical Management Studies Conference, LAEMOS, APROS, and at the Academy of Management. She is also a co-founding member of the online communities: VIDA and the Decolonizing Alliance. She is Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and is a member of Senate at Queen Mary.
Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University London, UK
Angela holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Washington in the USA where she double majored in Mathematics and Creative Writing, and MA (Dist) and PhD in Entrepreneurship from Nottingham University Business School. She is a trained anti-racist and intersectional feminist community organiser with substantial experience of building new organizations in the social enterprise and voluntary sectors. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, digital technologies, intersectionality and realist philosophy. She has published in Human Relations and Organization and is a committee member of the Gender and Enterprise Network of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a founding member of the Decolonizing Alliance, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Helena Liu, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Helena is a critical leadership scholar currently based at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. She was awarded her PhD in 2012 from the University of Sydney. Her research is concerned with the ways power informs our enduring romance with leadership. She has published on dynamics of gender, race and class in organisations across journals such as Human Relations, Management Learning, Journal of Business Ethics, Gender, Work & Organization, and Leadership. She is currently co–Chief Investigator on a three-year Australian Research Council project on intersectionality and leadership and is due to release a book on redeeming leadership through anti-racist feminisms with Bristol University Press in 2020. She serves as Associate Editor for Human Relations, Management Learning and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Helena is a founding member of the Decolonizing Alliance and a member of VIDA.
Dr Udeni Salmon, Research Associate, University of Keele, UK
Udeni is an ECR and holds a MA (Joint Hons) in English and Russian from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Computation from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Open University. Her PhD was awarded from the University of Salford in 2017. She is Research Associate at the Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership, an ERDF-funded leadership development project on SMEs. She is a member of the Race Equality Steering Committee at Senior Management level at Keele. She has already developed an impressive teaching portfolio having designed and delivered UG and PG modules both in the U.K. and abroad. Udeni’s anti-racist work includes organising the Race Equality Lecture series at the University of Keele, which includes designing public workshops for anti-racist and feminist events, such as the “Inside the Ivory Tower” book tour. She has also re-designed a taught module at Keele on “Entrepreneurial Family Firms” using an anti-racist framework. She has over 20 years experience in project management, sales, and fundraising in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has held previous senior positions at Deloitte Consulting, IBM, and Leonard Cheshire Disability.