Title or Function
- Philanthropic Foundations; Nonprofit Management; Global Development; Poverty & Inequalities.
- King's College London - Business School
- International (Europe)
- +44 (0) 20 784 833 82
Arun Kumar is a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. He researches the histories and practices of philanthropic foundations and nonprofit management as part of global development. He also has a strong interest in the history of management studies as a field of knowledge and its links with global poverty, inequality, and social inclusion.
His interdisciplinary research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Learning & Education, Business & Society, Development & Change, Economy & Society, Enterprise & Society, and Journal of Business Ethics, among others. His book Philanthropy and the Development of Modern India: In the name of Nation (Oxford University Press, 2021) tracked the historical role of Indian elites’ philanthropy in shaping development and modernity in twentieth century India.
Arun began his professional career in 2006 consulting with leading NGOs, independent think tanks, donor agencies, and philanthropic foundations on questions of governance, accountability, and inclusion. After working for seven years in the nonprofit development sector, he returned to academia for his doctoral studies. He joined King’s College London in 2022, having previously taught at the University of York and University of Essex.