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Ms Ratula Chakraborty

Senior Lecturer in Business Management, Norwich Business School

Email: r.chakraborty@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1603 59 7394 Location:

Biography

Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching Quality for Faculty of Social Sciences at University of East Anglia

School Director of MSc Programmes

Senior Lecturer in Business Management

Ratula is Senior Lecturer in Business Management and Director of MSc Programmes for Norwich Business School (NBS) and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching Quality for the Social Sciences Faculty (SSF) at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Ratula joined UEA in September 2010.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching Quality representing the Social Sciences Faculty's seven Schools serving 4000 students.  She chairs or serves on over twenty committees and working groups at university, faculty and school level.  Alongside this role, she is MSc Programmes Director in NBS with responsibility for providing strategic leadership for the development of the Business School’s portfolio of masters programmes and securing its smooth operation and continuous improvement in terms of quality and international reputation.  In this role, she has overseen a major expansion of postgraduate provision, to lead a portfolio of 13 MSc courses catering to around 500 students.

Ratula was previously Director of MSc Management Programmes at Loughborough University (1999-2010), leading the management and administration of postgraduate provision as well as taking a central role in AMBA and EQUIS accreditation. Prior to that she worked for the University of Derby as International Operations Manager overseeing the university's international recruitment strategy and interface with international students. She also has extensive commercial experience through setting up and running her own export company in India, before moving to the UK to gain an MBA, and then joining a UK herbal care company as Commercial Director.

Ratula's research and scholarship centres on marketing and retailing, embracing business, legal, economic and public health perspectives.  Her journal publications span a range of topics including supermarket pricing (Journal of Monetary Economics), brand and private label competition (European Competition Law Review), retailer buyer power over suppliers (Antitrust Bulletin), suppliers’ incentives to innovate (International Journal of Production Economics), policies to combat excessive consumption fuelling obesity (Journal of Business Research), and retail pricing of cheap alcohol (Addiction).  She has also obtained substantial research funding, including being a co-investigator on a project on Alcohol Policy Modelling and Evaluation funded by the Medical Research Council for £1.1m and a researcher on a project on Price Dynamics in Food Retailing in Great Britain funded by the Economic and Social Research Council for £200K.

Ratula’s collaborative research has been cited widely in policy reports and the media.  Competition analyses citing her work include those for the European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, UK Competition Commission, German Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) and Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet).  Her research on alcohol pricing has contributed to reports and analysis for the Department of Health, the Scottish Government, and the House of Lords on alcohol policy.  In addition, she has provided expert commentary for media on retail competition and pricing matters (including coverage by ITV, BBC News, CNN, Channel 4 TV, and other international, national and regional media).

She is fluent in five languages and holds a first-class honours (BA Hons) degree and a masters (MA) degree with distinction in Geography as well as a masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction. She is a member of the Centre for Competition Policy, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and a Role Model for Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Aurora Programme (developing future women leaders for higher education). She has completed the Executive Leaders programme of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and is currently embarking on the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Deans and Directors Development Programme.

 

All Publications

Chakraborty, R.

(2018)

Do Retailers Manipulate Prices to Favour Private Label over Brands?,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Dobson, P., Chakraborty, R.

(2018)

Strategic incentives for complementary producers to innovate for efficiency and support sustainability,

in International Journal of Production Economics

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Dobson, P. W., Chakraborty, R., Seaton, J. S.

(2017)

Containing big soda: Countering inducements to buy large-size sugary drinks,

in Journal of Business Research

75

pp. 185–191

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Chakraborty, R., Dobson, P. W., Seaton, J. S., Waterson, M.

(2015)

Pricing in inflationary times: The penny drops,

in Journal of Monetary Economics

76

pp. 71-86

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dobson, P., Chakraborty, R.

(2015)

Assessing Brand and Private Label Competition,

in European Competition Law Review

36

(2)

pp. 76-81

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ally, A., Meng, Y., Chakraborty, R., Dobson, P., Seaton, J., Holmes, J., Angus, C., Guo, Y., Hill-Mcmanus, D., Brennan, A., Meier, P.

(2014)

Alcohol tax pass-through across the product and price range: Do retailers treat cheap alcohol differently?,

in Addiction

109

(12)

pp. 1994-2002

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dobson, P., Chakraborty, R.

(2014)

How Do National Brands and Store Brands Compete?: Centre for Competition Policy Working Paper 14-7,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Chakraborty, R., Dobson, P., Seaton, J., Waterson, M.

(2014)

Market Consolidation and Pricing Developments in Grocery Retailing: A Case Study,

in The Analysis of Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation.

World Scientific-Now Publishers Series in Business

pp. 3-29

ISBN 978-981-4616-35-5

Full Text

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Chakraborty, R., Dobson, P., Seaton, S., Waterson, M.

(2011)

Pricing in inflationary times: The penny drops,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Dobson, P., Chakraborty, R.

(2009)

Private Labels and Branded Goods: Consumers’ ‘Horrors’ and ‘Heroes’,

in Labels, Brands and Competition Policy: The Changing Landscape of Retail Competition.

Oxford University Press

ISBN ISBN-10: 0199559376

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Dobson, P., Chakraborty, R.

(2008)

Buyer Power and Competition in the UK Groceries Market,

in Antitrust Bulletin

53

(2)

pp. 333-368

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Grants

"Alcohol Policy Modelling and Evaluation", Medical Research Council, £1,100,000, 2010-2014 (co-investigator)

"Price Dynamics in Food Retailing in Great Britain", Economic and Social Research Council, £200,000, 2009-2012 (named researcher)

Publications

"Do Retailers Manipulate Prices to Favour Private Label over Brands?" CCP Working Paper 18-2, Centre for Competition Policy at UEA, March 2018.

“Strategic Incentives for Complementary Producers to Innovate for Efficiency and Support Sustainability,” International Journal of Production Economics, accepted and forthcoming (with P.W. Dobson) (ABS 3*).

“Containing Big Soda: Countering Inducements to Buy Large-Size Sugary Drinks,” Journal of Business Research (special section on Food Portions and Marketing), Vol. 75, pp. 185–191, June 2017 (with P.W. Dobson and J.S. Seaton). (ABS 3*)

"Pricing in Inflationary Times: The Penny Drops," Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 76, pp. 71-86, November 2015 (with P.W. Dobson, J.S. Seaton and M. Waterson). (ABS 4*)

"Assessing Brand and Private Label Competition," European Competition Law Review, Vol. 36 (2), pp. 76-81, February 2015 (with P.W. Dobson). (ERA A = 3*)

"Alcohol tax pass-through across the product and price range: Do retailers treat cheap alcohol differently?” Addiction, Vol. 109 (12), pp. 1994-2002, December 2014 (with A.K. Ally inter alia). (ERA A = 3*)

"How Do National Brands and Store Brands Compete?" CCP Working Paper 14-7, Centre for Competition Policy at UEA, August 2014 (with P.W. Dobson).

“Market Consolidation and Pricing Developments in Grocery Retailing: A Case Study,” in Analysis of Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation, Martin Pietz and Yossi Spiegel (eds.), Now Publishers, July 2014 (with P.W. Dobson, J.S. Seaton and M. Waterson).

“Pricing in inflationary times: the penny drops”, The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 975, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, December 2011 (with P.W. Dobson, J.S. Seaton and M. Waterson).

“Private Labels and Branded Goods: Consumers’ ‘Horrors’ and ‘Heroes’,” in Private Labels, Branded Goods and Competition Policy: The Changing Landscape of Retail Competition, A. Ezrachi and U. Bernitz (eds.), Oxford University Press, February 2009 (with P.W. Dobson).

“Buyer Power in the U.K. Groceries Market”, Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 53 (2), pp. 333-368, Summer 2008 (with P.W. Dobson). (ERA C = 1*)

 

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching Quality for Social Sciences Faculty (SSF) (representing seven Schools) (2014-present)
  • Norwich Business School (NBS) Director of MSc Programmes (2010-present)
  • NBS Director of Staff Development (in 2011) with responsibility for initiating the staff appraisal process and mentoring scheme and putting in place a new welcoming and hospitality approach for staff recruitment before stepping down to Associate Director of Staff Development (2011-2013)
  • Chair and Coordinator of NBS MSc Staff/Student Liaison Committees (2010-present)
  • NBS Acting Director of Learning and Teaching Quality (2014) while NBS Associate Director of Learning and Teaching Quality (2013-2014)
  • Chair of SSF Faculty Appeals and Complaints Committee Panel (2014-present)
  • Chair of SSF Learning and Teaching Quality Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of NBS Executive (School Management Group) (2010-present)
  • Member of Faculty Executive (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Learning and Teaching Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Taught Programmes Policy Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Higher Education Review (HER) Working Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Online Learning Working Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Course Information for Students Working Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Information Services Directorate Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Induction and Transition Planning Working Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's Geography Working Group (2014-present)
  • Member of University's India Dialogue Group (2014-present)
 

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