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Professor Sankar Sivarajah

Head of the School of Management

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234496


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 and the Dean and Head of School of Management. 

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 has published over 50 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research has featured in reputable media/trade publications such as The World Economic Forum, 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. 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 Bayes Business School (previously known as Cass), City University London.

He was also recognised and awarded by Bayes 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). He tweets at @SankarSivarajah.


  • Technology Management and Evaluation
  • Circular Economy 
  • Business Analytics
  • Digital Government
  • Social Innovation
Research Projects:

  • EU 2016 - 2018: ‘Enabling Multichannel Participation through ICT Adaptations (EMPATIA)’ European Commission Horizon 2020 – P674710. Co-Investigator: Uthayasankar Sivarajah, Grant Total £106,383.
  • EU 2016 - 2020: ‘Sustainable energy demand side management for GREEN Data Centers (GREENDC)’ European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) – P734273. Co-Investigator: Uthayasankar Sivarajah Grant Total £219,000.
  • EU 2014 - 2018: ‘Social Innovation Drive (SI-DRIVE)’ European Commission FP7 – P612870. Co-Investigator: Uthayasankar Sivarajah, Grant Total £355,525. 
  • EU 2014 - 2017: ‘Decision Support Advisor for innovative business models and user engagement for smart Energy Efficient Districts (DAREED)’ European Commission FP7 – P609082. Co-Investigator: Uthayasankar Sivarajah, Grant Total £283,000. Current Projects EU 


Teaching interests

  • Circular Economy: Core Principle and Concepts (MBA, DL).
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics and Technology Management
  • Operations Management


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleThe role of a digital engineering platform in appropriating the creation of new work-related mind-set and organisational discourse in a large multi-national company (2019)
AuthorsHussain, Zahid I.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Hussain, N.
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
TitleCloud computing utilization and mitigation of informational and marketing barriers of the SMEs from the emerging markets: Evidence from Iran and Turkey (2019)
AuthorsHosseini, S.; Fallon, G.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
TitleA case analysis of E-government service delivery through a service chain dimension (2019)
AuthorsWeerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; El-Haddadeh, R.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Omar, A.; Molnar, A.
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
TitleOperational complexity tackled using a intranet platform in a multinational engineering company: physical and behavioural alignment (2019)
AuthorsHussain Z I and Sivarajah U, Hussain N
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
TitleFactors influencing e-diplomacy implementation: Exploring causal relationships using interpretive structural modelling (2018)
AuthorsAl-Muftah, H.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Rana, Nripendra P.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Irani, Zahir
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
TitleMillennial Chinese consumers' perceived destination brand value (2018)
AuthorsLuo, J.; Dey, B.L.; Yalkin, C.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Punjaisri, K.; Huang, Y.; Yen, D.A.
TitleCritical factors affecting leadership: a higher education context (2018)
AuthorsHassan, A.; Gallear, D.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar
TitleIdiosyncratic risk and the cross-section of stock returns: the role of mean-reverting idiosyncratic volatility (2018)
AuthorsBozhkov, S.; Lee, H.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Despoudi, S.; Nandy, M.
TitleInvestigating the effects of smart technology on customer dynamics and customer experience (2018)
AuthorsForoudi, P.; Gupta, S.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Broderick, A.
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
TitleCritical analysis of Big Data challenges and analytical methods (2017)
AuthorsSivarajah, Uthayasankar; Kamal, M.M.; Irani, Zahir; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.
JournalJournal of Business Research
TitleRisks and rewards of cloud computing in the UK public sector: A reflection on three Organisational case studies (2017)
AuthorsJones, S.; Irani, Zahir; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Love, P.E.D.
TitleOpen data and its usability: an empirical view from the Citizen’s perspective (2017)
AuthorsWeerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Irani, Zahir; Kapoor, K.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Dwivedi, Y.K.
TitleDigitally enabled service transformation in UK public sector: A case analysis of universal credit (2017)
AuthorsOmar, A.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
TitleThe role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government (2016)
AuthorsSivarajah, Uthayasankar; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Waller, P.; Lee, Habin; Irani, Zahir; Choi, Y.; Morgan, R.; Glikman, Y.
JournalJournal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
TitleA User Satisfaction Study of London's Congestion Charge e-Service: A Citizen Perspective (2015)
AuthorsLee, Habin; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar; Molnar, A.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Irani, Zahir
TitleEvaluating the use and impact of Web 2.0 technologies in local government (2015)
AuthorsSivarajah, Uthayasankar; Irani, Zahir; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
TitleFostering Smart Cities through ICT Driven Policy-Making: Expected Outcomes and Impacts of DAREED Project (2014)
AuthorsSivarajah, Uthayasankar; Lee, Habin; Irani, Zahir; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.
Book Chapters
TitleDeveloping Criteria for Evaluating a Multi-channel Digitally Enabled Participatory Budgeting Platform (2017)
AuthorsOmar, A.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Sivarajah, Uthayasankar
Other Publications
Other typeArticle
TitleA case analysis of E-government service delivery through a service chain dimension (2018)
AuthorsWeerakkody V.;El-Haddadeh R.;Sivarajah U.;Omar A.;Molnar A.
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Title Author(s)
Participatory budgeting: The case for engaging citizens in local government decision making (2018)Omar A.;Sivarajah U.;Weerakkody V.
Cloud based e-government services: A proposal to evaluate user satisfaction (2017)Sivarajah U.;Lee H.;Irani Z.;Omar A.;Hackney R.;El-Haddadeh R.
Developing criteria for evaluating a multi-channel digitally enabled participatory budgeting platform (2017)Omar A.;Weerakkody V.;Sivarajah U.
Opportunities and challenges of using web 2.0 technologies in government (2016)Sivarajah U.;Weerakkody V.;Irani Z.
E-Diplomacy: A systematic literature review (2016)Almuftah H.;Weerakkody V.;Sivarajah U.
Open data platforms and their usability: Proposing a framework for evaluating citizen intentions (2015)Kapoor K.;Weerakkody V.;Sivarajah U.
The public value of social media in the UK public sector (2014)Osmani M.;Weerakkody V.;Sivarajah U.;El-Haddadeh R.