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Dr Sylvia D'souza

International Lecturer in Business Management

Sylvia D'souza

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Research overview

My research interests primarily lie in ethics, morality, culture, and embodiment, building on insights from philosophy and sociology. My present aim in simple terms is to embed what are generally seen as universal categories (e.g., ethics) into embodied and culturally-specific categories through a practice-based lens.

My interest in practice necessitates taking a complex view of phenomena. It has led me to interrogate how macro-social and meso-organisational aspects interact, shape, modify, and orient individual embodied stances towards choice and action—particularly the ethical dimension—in diverse social worlds. This links to my concern with organisational technologies such as performance management, which have the power to reconfigure local modes of being by rewiring goals, values, interests and so on to an instrumental logic in market-driven economies.

The broader goal of my work is to surface culturally situated modes of being, seeing, knowing, and in that sense, to reclaim these modes from the universalising logic of dominant epistemologies and representations. 

Current Research

My current work develops the practice-theoretical perspective for application to ethics; and advances a sociological understanding of ethical action in the Indian socio-cultural-historical context.

Research Interests

Key interests: ethics, morality, culture, practical wisdom/phronesis, embodiment, performativity

Theoretical approaches/interests: practice theories (particularly Bourdieu), phenomenology (particularly Merleau-Ponty), Aristotle’s virtue ethics


PhD (Lancaster), MA, BCom

Career Details

Prior to moving into academia, I worked in various capacities in the information technology and digital communications spaces. My most recent stint was as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Communications, Tata group (2011-2016).

Current Teaching

Module Convenor:

CNMNGT110: Introduction to Management and Leadership

CNOWT314: Ethical Responsibility in Business

External Roles

Member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College (PRC)

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