Parisa Gilani

Dr Parisa Gilani

  • Principal Academic in Leadership
  • Dorset House D216, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Parisa Gilani is an emerging thought leader and Principle Academic in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour. Her research interests primarily centre around leadership, leadership development, gender and diversity. She is particularly interested in qualitative means of assessing the impact of leadership interventions and the enactment of gender and leadership in male dominated industries. Parisa has a keen interest in extending our understanding of leadership to non-Western contexts. She has researched and delivered workshops in Iran, Denmark and China. She is keen to supervise Doctoral students in any of the areas listed above.

Parisa is also an educator and Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Management with HR and Academic Lead for the BU Certificate in Programme Leadership. In 2022 she won the Vice Chancellor's Award for 'Inspiring Learning'.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Journal Articles


Internet Publications


  • Bolat, E. et al., 2016. Digital Me, Pop-up Photo Exhibition. Photo. Digital Me. Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth. 5 November 2016.


Invited Lectures

  • Employee Engagement, Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Iran, 02 Sep 2018 more


  • Investigating Forms of Leadership in a Digital Age (Bournemouth University, URAP, 04 Jun 2017). Awarded
  • FBU (Financial University and Bournemouth University) Workshop: Digital momentum for SMEs (Santander, 04 Jan 2015). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Business Consultancy Pop-up Store (17 Nov 2016)
  • Digital Me Pop-up Photo Gallery; ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016 (05 Oct 2016)


  • PGCE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Anglia Ruskin University, 2014)
  • PhD in Leadership (University of Exeter, 2014)
  • MSc in International Management and Consulting (University of Reading, 2007)
  • BA (Hons) in International Management and Business with French (University of Reading, 2006)


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE, 2019)


  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Member (2017-),
  • Charterted Management Institute (CMI), Member (2016-),
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow (2014-),

External Media and Press