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Research interests

I conduct research primarily on four areas: 1) worker exploitation in supply chains, 2) governance of Decent Work in supply chains, 3) agency of Southern actors, and 4) hegemony, oppression and structural violence. I believe in interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and thus my research draws on insights from a wide range of disciplines, including management, sociology, political science, planning studies, development studies, geography, agricultural studies and law. My research has received awards and nominations from top academic associations and journals. I have acquired funding from both industries and research councils for my research.

My research has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of World Business, Human Relations, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business Ethics and Business and Society.  

Currently, I'm an editorial board member of Journal of Business Ethics, and Business & Society and I review for numerous high-impact journals across disciplines on an ad-hoc basis. 


Willing to supervise PhD

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in doing a PhD on the topic of worker exploitation in supply chains, governance of Decent Work in supply chains, agency of Southern actors,  hegemony, oppression and structural violence, and sustainable supply chains

Education/Academic qualification

Management, Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London


Management, Master of Letters, University of St Andrews


Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Anna University


External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut

Mar 2016Apr 2016

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Research Output

From suspicion to sustainability in global supply chains,

Bird, R. & Soundararajan, V., 31 Jan 2020, In : Texas A&M Law Review. 7, 2/3, p. 383-418 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Can multi-stakeholder initiatives improve global supply chains? Improving deliberative capacity with a stakeholder orientation

Soundararajan, V., Brown, J. & Wicks, A. C., 31 Jul 2019, In : Business Ethics Quarterly. 29, 3, p. 385-412 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
79 Downloads (Pure)