Dr Smirti Kutaula


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Kingston Business School. Prior to joining Kingston, I worked at Birkbeck, University of London. I also served as an examiner for the MSc and PG Diploma in Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management programmes, University of London International Academy from 2011 to 2015. I have extensive practitioner experience as an HR professional in various organisations in India. 

I have completed my doctoral project in examining the antecedents and outcomes of psychological contract fulfillment in the Indian context from Cardiff Business School on a funded studentship. My doctoral paper was awarded the best proposal award at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium, 2011. 

I received internal funding under the First Grants Scheme for £8579 for a project titled "Is psychological contract a universal or a culturally-bound concept?" in 2015-16. I also received the Distinguished Paper award in the doctoral thesis competition of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) 2016.  

I co-organised a one-day developmental workshop on Sustainability and Ethical consumption with British Academy of Management and Surrey Business School, following which I guest-edited a special issue for Management Decision, a leading scholarly management journal. My case submission with Professor Mark Saunders (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Alvina Gillani (Surrey Business School) titled "Using storytelling to teach sampling techniques", received the runners-up prize for Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards (15th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business Management, June 2016, Kingston, UK). Further, my paper was adjudged runners-up for the best developmental paper at the British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, 2016. I also received a SAMS grant worth £5000 for organising a research methodology summer school in July 2017. I was awarded the for Staff Social Entrepreneur Award 2017, Celebrate Enterprise, an annual event which celebrates and raises the profile of enterprise and entrepreneurship across the university. Recently, I was awarded as a Green Gown Award finalist 2018 in the Staff Sustainability Champion category for my teaching, learning and research initiatives in the area of Fairtrade and Ethical consumption.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, Cardiff Business School
  • Masters, Gold Medallist
  • BA Economics Hons, Delhi University