University of Essex

Academic Staff

Dr Abhijit Sengupta (Southend Campus)

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

Dr Abhijit Sengupta is an experienced researcher actively working in multiple areas of innovation and technology management, firm strategy, networks and complex systems. He is proficient in the use of a wide variety of quantitative and computational methodologies in his research - such as econometrics and statistics, simulation based modelling, applied game theory etc., and is interested in multi-disciplinary research.

He has published in top tier journals such as Research Policy, British Journal of Management, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Advances in Complex Systems. He is a named researcher in the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre at University of Essex.

Abhijit has extensive previous experience of private sector R&D, with close connections to analytics, marketing, and service development. Prior to joining EBS, he worked as a Senior Scientist at Unilever Research & Development, UK from 2005-2012, where he led multiple high impact analytics based projects.

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

  • Innovation and technology management
  • Firm strategy - innovation, internationalisation
  • Role of ecosystems and institutions on innovation and firm strategy
  • Networks and complex systems
  • Analytics and behaviour

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader (Current)

BE 301: Introductory Quantitative Analysis (UG AU)

BE 274: Managerial Economics (PG SP)

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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