Dr Babita Bhatt

PhD, Carleton University, Canada
College of Business& Economics

Areas of expertise

  • Business And Management 1503
  • Organisation And Management Theory 150310
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Social Change 160805

Research interests

  • Hybrid Business models: Social enterprises, social business, Farmer Producer companies
  • Sharing Economy, Platform Economy, and emerging business models
  • Community resilience, social cohesion, and intersectionality


Research Objective: My research mainly focuses on the role of innovative business models in addressing societal challenges. I explore the interaction between organizational hybridity, resource constraints, and social complexity and their effects on social outcomes. 

Grant and Fellowship

  • Current Research Grants: total ~3.5 million Australian dollars for 4 research projects (from2019-2022)
  • Past research funding
  • the Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong (HK$533,909)
  • The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada (C$20,000);
  • IE business school research startup grant ($ 20,000 )
  • Norman Paterson School of International Affair Scholarship 
  • Carleton University Scholarship
  • University of Western Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship.  


  • My fieldwork in China and India have been published in top management journals: two in Organizational Studies (ABCD A*) and one in the Journal of Business Ethics (ABCD A). 
  • I have also written various policy-relevant reports on Social Impact Assessment, Social Finance, and Social Inclusiveness during my affiliation with the Carleton Center for Community Innovation, the UNRISD, IDRC, and other such  organizations 

Past Experience:

  • Prior to moving to ANU, I was an Assistant Professor at IE University, Madrid, Spain.  
  • I have also taught at City University, Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  I have received various teaching awards, most recently, Dean’s teaching awards in 2016, 2017 at IE Business school. 


Researcher's projects

  • "Strengthening social cohesion in the communities through social innovation" (from 2019)
  • “Microentrepreneur and the missing middle” (Ongoing)
  • “Exploring Hybrid business model in Australia (Ongoing)
  • “Women-led social enterprise and resource acquisition” (Ongoing)
  • “Social Impact of Social Enterprises: Exploring hybridity through Inclusive Social Capital”, (Ongoing)
  • “Understanding and Using Social Metrics to evaluate social performance of social enterprises (2014), Ottawa
  • “Poverty Alleviation in New Immigrant Populations through Micro-Loan Funds” (2013)
  • “The Utilization of Social Finance Instruments by the Not-For-Profit (NFP) Sector (2012-13) 


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