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Sunil Banga

Senior Teaching Fellow, Research Student

The Management School



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Sunil is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Teaching Fellow of the University. He is a MBA from LUMS, and currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Research.

Career Details

Prior to joining Lancaster, Sunil spent 20+ years working in business. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry working in sales and distribution of pharmaceutical and FMCG products for Boots and Novo Nordisk, before setting up his own  pharmaceutical/FMCG wholesale distribution and logistics firm, alongside a financial services business as a partner with broad operations and general management responsibilities.

Following his MBA, Sunil briefly worked with the Centre for Strategic Management at LUMS researching the social and economic role of small businesses in the UK, and as a consultant for SME’s and large organisations such as RBS and the Co-op group. He then was involved in establishing the International Study Centre for Lancaster University, which he then led as the Head of Centre for ten years before joining the Department of Management Science.


Current Teaching

With a multidisciplinary background, Sunil has a variety of teaching interests. The majority of his teaching previously has focussed on international students, in areas of operations management, business studies, marketing, and accounting. Currently he is teaching  UG and PG modules in Management Science.

MSCI231: Introduction to Operations Management

MSCI506: Problem Solving Skills for Consultants

MSCI102: Introduction to Operations Management

Professional Role

Sunil is involved in the Lancaster University ATLAS Programme as a mentor and reviewer. Sunil is also an external examiner for two UK higher education institutions.

Research Interests

Published Research

I have published my research that reviewed and assessed the available UK evidence on the social and economic role of small stores, in order to identify gaps in research and stimulate debate about how they can best be supported. The research looked at the growing power of supermarkets, and the considerable concern in the UK that that the social and economic role of small stores is insufficiently understood by policy-makers. The paper gauged the evidence as a platform for wider debate on how the role of small stores can be maintained and enhanced, and the implications for public policy and planning were presented at a Westminster conference commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Current Research

My current research interests are in educational research, particularly policy issues that currently focus on increasing participation in higher education from learners of diverse backgrounds with a  view to promote social mobility and address social inequalities.

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