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Dr Baljit Kaur Rana
Baljit is a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology in the Division of Psychology. She is also a Chartered Psychologist, a Life Coach, an NLP Practitioner and a Reiki I & II Practitioner.
Baljit's research and academic interests are centred around issues relating to work-life balance and stress affecting women, men, dual-career couples and ethnic minorities. Baljit has been involved in a number of EU & International projects on work life balance and entrepreneurship (social, graduate, female) with partners in India, China, USA, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain and Slovakia.
Baljit has written many research reports and presented at a number of academic, policy, practitioner-based conferences. Over the past few years of being at Birmingham City University, Baljit has developed and maintained good strategic links with Advantage West Midlands, The Institute of Asian Businesses, The Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Business Link, Birmingham City Council, Cooperation Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull Learning & Skills Council, BrAP, Birmingham Professional DiverCity and many other business support providers in the West Midlands.
She is a Board Member of the AWM West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum, Board Member of the Indian Community Development Network (initiated by Birmingham City Council), and a Trust member of Sandwell Hospital.
Baljit is currently the Admissions Tutor on the BSc Psychology degree and teaches on the same degree, as well as on the Joint degrees Business with Psychology degree, and on the CIPD course.
Some selected publications:
Rana, B.K. (1998); ‘Challenging Stereotypes of British Asian Women's Experiences of Work and Family Life: Kalminder Kaur'; Community, Work and Family, Vol.1 No.1, 91-93.
Rana, B.K; Kagan, C; Lewis, S; Rout, U (1998); ‘British South Asian Women Managers and Professionals: Experiences of Work and Family'; Women in Management Review; Vol.13, Nos.5 & 6; 221-233.
Smithson, J; Sullivan, C; Rana, B (1998); ‘Rethinking the Boundary: Towards a New Psychology of Work and Family', Submitted to Community, Work and Family, December, 1998.
Rana, B.K. et al (2007), ‘Balance in a box: A research report into the redesign and evaluation of the Buddy Coaching System with Black and Minority Ethnic Communities' final report, BCU, Birmingham.
Mitra, J; Rana, B.K. et al (2005), ‘Birmingham & Solihull Entrepreneurship Consortium' final report, ERDG, UCE, Birmingham.
Mitra, J; Rana, B.K. (2003), ‘Innovative Community Based Support for Entrepreneurship in Disadvantaged Groups; 3rd IEF Conference, Bangalore.
Mitra, J; Rana, B.K (2002), ‘The Importance of Stakeholder Relationships and Social Capital for Social Entrepreneurship', SBED Conference, Nottingham.
Rana, B.K. (2002), ‘HEI-SME Interactions in Entrepreneurial Clusters'; 2nd IEF Conference, Beijing.