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Dr Gaurish Chawla

Dr Gaurish Chawla

Dr Gaurish Chawla (MB BS MSc)

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

Area of expertise: Leadership and Commissioning 

Research areas: Leadership in the UK Public Sector Organisations, Qualitative Research, Psychodynamics 



Gaurish started his career as a junior doctor in India before he completed his MSc in Healthcare Management at the University of Manchester (2011) for which he received a distinction. In his dissertation, he examined the causes of Missed Appointments in the English Primary Care. Gaurish then worked for various NHS and independent care providers in the UK as a manager and started his PhD at the University of Durham.

The working title of his thesis is ‘Workers’ perceptions of Leaders and Leadership in the NHS: A Psychodynamic Exploration’ and he’s expecting to receive the qualification this year. Most recently before joining the BSMS team Gaurish taught on the MSc Healthcare Leadership (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme) at The University of Manchester for the NHS Leadership Academy for over three years.


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.