Dr Sarabajaya Kumar is a Teaching Fellow in Voluntary Sector Policy the University College London (UCL) School of Public Policy, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford.
She has an MSc and PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Aston, and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Religion from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Sarabajaya has also served as a Lecturer and Programme Director of an MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and as an adviser to the Home Office as a member of the Governance Strategy Group.
Between 2007 and 2009 Sarabajaya held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Saïd Business School’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Her doctoral research considered inter-organisational accountability relationships between government, the voluntary sector and users of contracted out health and welfare services.
Sarabajaya has served as a trustee for a social justice charity for five years and is currently a governor of an inner-city, community, secondary, state school in London – the Mulberry School for Girls. She is also a member of:
- Future First’s Advisory Committee
- the Institute of Volunteering Research's Advisory Group
- and the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s Advisory Council.
Prior to academia, Sarabajaya volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and with lay health workers in West Bengal, India. She was also the founder worker for a community organisation working with the Spitalfield’s community on public health issues in the East End of London, and responsible for partnership working between the charitable voluntary sector, local government and the NHS in the London Borough of Haringey.