Subhanjan Sengupta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland

Brief Bio

Dr. Subhanjan Sengupta has an academic interest at the interface of entrepreneurship and social issues in management and sustainability. He has been researching sustainable and social entrepreneurship on a broad range of issues such as hybrid organizing, ethics as practice, political strategy, entrepreneurial identity, sustainability agency, and entrepreneurship as a solution to poverty and inequality. The empirical settings in his qualitative research studies include small and medium enterprises with social wellbeing, renewable energy, food, and circular economy solutions, in emerging and established economies.

He works at the Business School, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, University of Eastern Finland (UEF), as a Postdoctoral Researcher situated in the Innovation Management Research Group (INNO) and Sustainable Resource Society (RESOURCE) Research Community. His ongoing research concerns the social and environmental problems that cause inequality, with a particular interest in understanding how an entrepreneurial organisation responds to these problems at the micro level for an institutional change and macro level implications. With this, he intends to inform future research and action for integrating social and environmental sustainability at actor level, firm-level, and institutional level. He is also a Co-Investigator in an applied research project funded by UKRI GCRF and led by Sheffield Management School on multi-disciplinary approaches for reducing post-harvest loss and waste of fresh produce in an emerging economy context.

He has taught Qualitative Research Methods at the doctoral level. At the post-graduate level, he has taught courses on Responsible Business, Entrepreneurship and Business Model, Social Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.

In the Academy of Management (AOM) 2020 conference one of his papers was in the Top 4 for Best Business Ethics Paper category in the Social Issues in Management Division. In 2019, his Ph.D. thesis received the Jagdish Sheth Best Thesis Award, at BIMTECH. In 2018, he received the EDUFI Grant from the Finnish National Agency for Education to be a Visiting Ph.D. Researcher at UEF.


• Interviewed and featured by Inkpothub Media, India’s first digital platform for communicating business and management research. Link:

Best Researcher Award 2019-20 at BIMTECH

TOP 4 FINALISTS in Best Business Ethics Paper Category of the Social Issues in Management Division in Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020.

Jagdish N. Sheth Best Thesis Award 2019 jointly awarded by Jagdish Sheth Foundation and BIMTECH

Invited on October 04, 2019, as Keynote Speaker on “Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Alternative Politics” for the launch of Manav Rachna Center for Peace and Sustainability at Manav Rachna International University.

Kick-Off Meeting of Indo-UK research project TRANSSITioN held on 13th August 2019. Sponsored by STFC-GCRF, UK; led by University of Sheffield and STFC, 10 UK India partners.

• Invited to the Business School, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, in 2018, as an EDUFI Doctoral Fellow awarded by the Finnish National Agency for Education.