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Dr Gaurish Chawla

Dr Gaurish Chawla

Dr Gaurish Chawla (MBBS MSc PhD PGCHE FHEA)

Senior Lecturer
T: +44 (0)1273 641590
Location: Room 342 Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: Leadership and Commissioning, Medical Education 

Research areas: Medical Education, Leadership in the NHS, Work culture of Healthcare

Preferred gender pronouns: He/him



Gaurish started his career as a junior doctor in North India before he completed his MSc in Healthcare Management at the University of Manchester (2011) for which he received a distinction. In his MSc dissertation, he examined the causes of Missed Appointments in the English Primary Care. Gaurish went on to receive a PhD from University of Durham for his work examining the trials and tribulations of ‘normal’ healthcare work. His doctoral thesis received ‘Best Critical Dissertation Award’ from the Critical Management Studies Division of Academy of Management. Before joining BSMS, Gaurish taught on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme for the NHS Leadership Academy. Gaurish has been a member of the BSMS team since 2018 and teaches on a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate modules.


Gaurish has presented his research at various international conferences, including: 

  • Leadership Fantasies in the National Health Service: A psychodynamic study. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA. 4-8 August 2017
  • Exploring Fantasies in the English National Health Service. International Critical Management Studies Conference, Liverpool 3-5 July 2017
  • Action Learning as a teaching and learning methodology in postgraduate leadership programmes. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Newcastle. September 2016
  • A study of leadership in the NHS using photo elicitation facilitated free association narrative as an interview method. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Newcastle. September 2016.