University of Essex

Academic Staff

Dr Abhijit Sengupta (Southend Campus)

Position in departmentAssociate PhD Director Southend
Staff positionLecturer in Business Economics
Telephone01702 328294

Abhijit is a Lecturer in Business Economics at Essex Business School. His research interests lie in studying markets and market dynamics, innovation, R&D and knowledge creation, dynamics of large complex systems and social networks. He uses quantitative and computational methodologies in his research - such as agent based modelling, applied game theory, econometrics and is interested in interdisciplinary research. He has published in a number of internationally recognized journals such as Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Advances in Complex Systems, Mathematical Social Sciences etc. Abhijit has extensive experience of working in private sector R&D with close connections to marketing and product development. Prior to joining EBS, he worked as a Research Scientist in  Unilever Research & Development, UK. Abhijit has a PhD in Economics, specializing in Industrial Organization and Game Theory from Stony Brook University in New York.


 BSc. with Honours in Economics (Calcutta University); MA in Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi); PhD in Economics (Stony Brook University, New York)

Research interests

  • Economics of innovation, intellectual property, knowledge transfer
  • Firm strategy - innovation, internationalisation
  • Impact of ecosystems and institutions on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Network dynamics and behaviour over social networks
  • Business analytics and decision making

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader

BE 301: Introductory Quantitative Analysis (UG AU)

BE 274: Managerial Economics (PG AU)

BE 277: Business Analytics for Managers & Entrepreneurs (PG SP)

PublicationsLink to publications for Abhijit Sengupta
Additional information

Grants and Funded Projects:

  • Named Researcher, ESRC Centre on Smart Data Analytics (~ £6 million), 2014 (PI: Vania Sena)
  • Principal Investigator, JNU Essex Development Fund (JEDF), 2012 (joint with Prof A S Ray, CITD, JNU, India)


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