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A/Prof. Fara Azmat



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2006
Master of Public Policy & Management, Monash University, 1999
Master of Science, University of Dhaka, 1991
Bachelor of Science, University of Dhaka, 1989

+61 3 925 17095


Dr Fara Azmat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Within the broader domain of social responsibility, Fara is known for her research nationally and internationally in two interrelated streams.

The first stream explores issues surrounding sustainable development with a particular focus on UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), social inclusion and value creation by social entrepreneurs. Within this stream, she is further interested in exploring the social responsibility of microbusinesses and extending it into an international context focusing on developing economies, thus addressing the current need and void in existing CSR literature which largely focuses on large businesses and SMEs. Central to her research in this stream is also a focus on the social inclusion of disadvantaged and isolated communities and the potential of social entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable development. 

The second stream explores migrant and women entrepreneurs looking into their hindrances, opportunities, social responsibility perceptions and acculturation strategies. Although distinct, these research streams involve cross-fertilizations and are inter-related through their underlying link of social responsibility and sustainable development.

Fara has established herself as an expert in these fields nationally and internationally as evidenced in her publications, awards, grants, and membership of international Peer Review College, editorial boards and research supervisions. She is committed to enhancing her national and international reputation by collaborating with renowned scholars, building industry partnerships, leveraging and creating networks and seeking competitive industry grants that make a difference for the positive development of the community.

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Research interests

  • Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Social Inclusion
  • Social responsibility,  Responsible entrepreneurship in developing countries, Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship, Women entrepreneurship


  • Member, Academy of International Business.
  • Member, Australasian Business Ethics Network. 
  • Member, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management. 
  • Member, Member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC), Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Social Responsibility Journal.
  • Member, American Council on Consumer Interests

Teaching interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Principles
  • International business

Units taught

  • MMM132 - Management
  • MMM385 - Business in Asia
  • MMM241 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MMM343 - Business Ethics


  • Virtual PRME Global Forum, NY, 17-19th June 2020 hosted by UNGC
  • GRLI All Gathering Momentum (AGM), Lisbon, 8-9th Nov, 2019, hosted by ISCTE Business School, Lisbon 
  • GBSN Annual Conference, Lisbon, 7-8th November, hosted by Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon
  • The Deans and Directors Cohort, 3-6th Nov, Porto, hosted by Católica Porto Business School in Porto, Portugal
  • 4th PRME Champions Meeting, 28-31st October, Cohosted by DBS/Latrobe Business School
  • 3rd PRME Champions Meeting, 4-8th March, 2019 hosted by Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Media appearances

Interview with Gisellle Weybrecht, Special Advisor to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education on DBS's PRME journey


Radio interview with SBS about DFAT project

Research groups

Research theme lead,  UN SDG Blueprint for integrating SDGs across curriculum, research and partnerships


  • 2020, UN PRME award for award for Excellence in Sharing of Information Progress (SIP)  reporting
  • 2017, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding
    Contribution to Building Economic, Social and Human Capital.
  • 2014, Emerald Literati Highly Commended Paper Excellence Award.
  • 2013, Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Excellence Award.
  • Worked as Academic Peer Reviewer for the UK ESRC-DFID   Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty alleviation) in 2010-11.
  • 2010 Faculty of Business and Law award for individual excellence in teaching.
  • 2008 School of Management and Marketing award for team teaching.
  • 2008 Best presenters award - 'Global Business and Finance' Conference,  in London.


• Editorial: Fara Azmat and Michael Polonsky, (2018) Social Business, 8(4), 339-343: Integrating Sustainable Development Goals across curriculum and research.
• Research theme lead of Blueprint for SDG Integration into Curriculum, Research and Partnerships
• Azmat F: 'Social Exclusion and Social Inclusion' In Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 1-10. Springer International Publishing, 2020


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Reflection on Public Administration in South Asia in a Post-pandemic Context through a Sustainable Development Lens

Fara Azmat

(2024), pp. 193-200, Perspectives and Practices of Public Administration in South Asia, Berling, Germany, B1

book chapter

Innovate or Stagnate: The New Mantra of Responsible Business Schools

Weng Lim, Fara Azmat, Ranjit Voola

(2024), pp. 49-56, Business School Internationalisation in a Changing World, B1

book chapter

Does actors' engagement with capacity-building training programs enable delivery of SDG-aligned public services? The case of senior public officials

F Azmat, A Ferdous, F Wali, M Muttakin, M Haque

(2024), pp. 1-2, Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

What Color is Your Collar? Examining Gray-collar Disabled Arts Workers

Ruth Rentschler, Ayse Collins, Karen Williams, Fara Azmat

(2023), pp. 139-155, International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, B1

book chapter

Responsible management education in business schools: Are we there yet?

F Azmat, A Jain, B Sridharan

(2023), Vol. 157, pp. 113518-113518, Journal of Business Research, C1

journal article

Understanding social responsibility and relational pressures in nonprofit organisations

Fara Azmat, Ruth Rentschler, Boram Lee, Yuka Fujimoto

(2023), pp. 1-29, Human Relations, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Convergence of business, innovation, and sustainability at the tipping point of the sustainable development goals

Fara Azmat, Weng Lim, Abdul Moyeen, Ranjit Voola, Girish Gupta

(2023), Vol. 167, pp. 1-14, Journal of Business Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Exploring barriers to social inclusion for disabled people: Perspectives from the performing arts

A Collins, R Rentschler, K Williams, F Azmat

(2022), Vol. 28, pp. 308-328, Journal of Management and Organization, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Value creation process and outcomes in social inclusion focused services

E Winston, A Ferdous, R Rentschler, F Azmat, N Robertson

(2022), Vol. 56, pp. 840-868, European Journal of Marketing, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

How are consumer behavior and marketing strategy researchers incorporating the SDGs? A review and opportunities for future research

R Voola, C Bandyopadhyay, F Azmat, S Ray, L Nayak

(2022), Vol. 30, pp. 119-130, Australasian Marketing Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Exploitation in Bangladeshi ready-made garments supply chain: a case of irresponsible capitalism?

M Uddin, F Azmat, Y Fujimoto, F Hossain

(2022), pp. 1-25, International Journal of Logistics Management, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

PRME Chapter Australia & New Zealand

Mehran Nejati, Belinda Gibbons, Harsh Suri, Fara Azmat, Anna Young-Ferris, Suzanne Young, Swati Nagpal

(2021), pp. 79-90, Responsible Management Education The PRME Global Movement, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

PRME Chapter Australia & New Zealand

Mehran Nejati, Belinda Gibbons, Harsh Suri, Fara Azmat, Anna Young-Ferris, Suzanne Young, Swati Nagpal

(2021), pp. 79-90, Responsible Management Education, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Strengthening impact integrity in investment decision-making for sustainable development

F Azmat, A Jain, F Michaux

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 55-87, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, C1

journal article

Consumer well‐being and social responsibility of subsistence entrepreneurs in subsistence marketplace

Fara Azmat, Ramanie Samaratunge, Ahmed Ferdous

(2020), Vol. 55, pp. 8-30, Journal of consumer affairs, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article


Alec Wersun, Johanna Klatt, Fara Azmat, Harsh Suri, Christian Hauser, Jill Bogie, Mark Meaney, Nikolay Ivanov

(2020), Geneva, Switzerland, A6

research report/technical paper

Creating community-inclusive organizations: managerial accountability framework

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat, N Subramaniam

(2019), Vol. 58, pp. 712-748, Business & society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'Bringing everyone on the same journey': revisiting inclusion in higher education

A Collins, F Azmat, R Rentschler

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 1475-1487, Studies in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Revisiting the concept of shared value in developing countries: towards an organisational framework

Fara Azmat, Yuka Fujimoto, Nava Subramaniam

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 205-226, Social business, Helensburgh, Scot., C1

journal article

Arts-based initiatives in museums: creating value for sustainable development

F Azmat, A Ferdous, R Rentschler, E Winston

(2018), Vol. 85, pp. 386-395, Journal of business research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Gender and ethnic diversity on boards and corporate responsibility: the case of the arts sector

F Azmat, R Rentschler

(2017), Vol. 141, pp. 317-336, Journal of business ethics, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Corporate social responsibility in the ready made garments industry in Bangladesh

F Azmat, M Haque

(2016), pp. 207-227, Research handbook on corporate social responsibility in context, Cheltenham, Eng., B1

book chapter

Family embeddedness and entrepreneurship experience: a study of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs in Australia

F Azmat, Y Fujimoto

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 630-656, Entrepreneurship & regional development, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Co-creation of value in culturally diversified museums: a research report

E Winston, R Rentschler, A Ferdous, F Azmat

(2016), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Corporate social responsibility, economic globalization and developing countries: A case study of the ready made garments industry in Bangladesh

M Haque, F Azmat

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 166-189, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, C1

journal article

Understanding the dynamics between social entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in subsistence marketplaces

F Azmat, A Ferdous, P Couchman

(2015), Vol. 34, pp. 252-271, Journal of public policy & marketing, Ann Arbor, Mich., C1

journal article

Walk through the doors. Be our guest : how important are partnerships to enable multicultural groups to attend arts events?

F Azmat, R Rentschler, Y Fujimoto

(2014), pp. 132-141, The Routledge companion to arts marketing, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Exploring the potential of social entrepreneurship in developing countries

F Azmat

(2014), pp. 98-110, Corporate social responsibility and local community in Asia, Abingdon, England, B1

book chapter

Migrant women entrepreneurs : exploring the barriers

F Azmat

(2014), pp. 199-217, Entrepreneurial women : New management and leadership models [2 volumes], Santa Barbara, Calif, B1

book chapter

Exploring cultural inclusion : perspectives from a community arts organisation

F Azmat, Y Fujimoto, R Rentschler

(2014), pp. 1-22, Australian journal of management, C1

journal article

Community social capital and entrepreneurship : analyzing the links

H Roxas, F Azmat

(2014), Vol. 45, pp. 134-149, Community development, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Organizational justice of work-life balance for professional/managerial group and non-professional group in Australia: creation of inclusive and fair organizations

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 587-607, Journal of management and organization, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Gender perceptions of work-life balance : management implications for full-time employees in Australia

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat, C Hartel

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 147-170, Australian journal of management, Kensington, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education

F Azmat, A Osborne, K Le Rossignol, U Jogulu, R Rentschler, I Robottom, V Malathy

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 97-111, Asia Pacific journal of education, Oxon, England, C1

journal article

Opportunities or obstacles? understanding the challenges faced by migrant women entrepreneurs

F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 198-215, International journal of gender and entrepreneurship, Bingley, England, C1

journal article

Sustainable development in developing countries: the role of social entrepreneurs

F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 293-304, International journal of public administration, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

Corporate social responsibility, customer trust, and loyalty - perspectives from a developing country

F Azmat, H Ha

(2013), Vol. 55, pp. 253-270, Thunderbird international business review, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal article

Towards a diversity justice management model : integrating organizational justice and diversity management

Y Fujimoto, C Hartel, F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 148-166, Social responsibility journal, Bingley, London, C1

journal article

Exploring customer loyalty at bottom of the pyramid in South Asia

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 379-394, Social responsibility journal, Bingley, England, C1

journal article

Influence of home-country culture and regulatory environment on corporate social responsibility perceptions : the case of Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2012), Vol. 54, pp. 15-27, Thunderbird international business review, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal article

Perceptions of corporate social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 63-76, Social responsibility journal, Bingley, England, C1

journal article

Indian student concerns about violence : exploring student perceptions

F Azmat, A Osborne, R Rentschler

(2011), Vol. 46, pp. 311-339, Australian journal of social issues, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Building diverse community engagement Mix It Up program evaluation 2006-2010 : Final report

R Rentschler, Y Fujimoto, F Azmat

(2011), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Exploring social responsibility of immigrant entrepreneurs : do home country contextual factors play a role?

F Azmat

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 377-386, European management journal, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Consumer loyalty in South Asia: A double edged sword?

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2010), pp. 1-12, Proceedings of Annual London Business Research Conference, London, England, E1


Integrated governance : a pre-requisite for sustainable market-orientated development in Bangladesh

F Azmat, Q Alam, K Coghill

(2009), Vol. 32, pp. 829-851, International journal of public administration, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Responsible entrepreneurship in developing countries : understanding the realities and complexities

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2009), Vol. 90, pp. 437-452, Journal of business ethics, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Reforms in the Bangladesh agriculture input sector : room for complacency?

F Azmat

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 379-398, Contemporary South Asia, London, England, C1

journal article

Collaborative inquiry using 'learning' projects

P Hagel, K Saville, M Parris, F Graetz, F Azmat

(2009), pp. 173-182, HERDSA 2009 : Higher education in a changing world : Proceeding of the 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience, Darwin, N. T., E1


Understanding the dynamism between corporate social responsibility and social capital in family businesses

F Azmat, D Waddell

(2009), GCBE 2009 : Proceedings of the 9th Global Conference on Business & Economics, Oxford, England, E1


Towards a model of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the ready made garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh

Z Haque, F Azmat

(2009), ANZAM 2009 : Sustainable management and marketing, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


A study of social responsibility of Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs in Australia

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2008), Vol. 10, pp. 302-308, The business review, Cambridge, Hollywood, Fla., C1

journal article

Understanding responsible entrepreneurship of micro-businesses in Bangladesh

F Azmat

(2008), pp. 1-15, ASAA 2008 : Proceedings of the Asian Studies Association of Australia 17th Biennial Conference : Is this the Asian Century, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Market-oriented reforms, their sustainability and unintended outcomes : the case of Bangladesh agriculture sector

F Azmat

(2007), Vol. 2, pp. 4-18, TMC academic journal, Singapore, C1

journal article

Developing countries : poverty and deficits linger

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 18-20, Monash business review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

Governance gone bad

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2006), Vol. 2, pp. 44-46, Monash business review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

E-government: a possible solution to the problems of the agricultural input market in Bangladesh?

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2006), Practice and potential of e-government and e-governance : the South Asian experience, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1


Good governance and market-based reforms : a study of Bangladesh

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), Vol. 71, pp. 621-638, International review of administrative sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Self-regulation: a risky option for developing countries? The case of Bangladesh

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), pp. 1-10, Governance and Social Responsibility Proceedings, London, England, E1-1


Integrated governance: a possible solution for a sustainable private sector led development in Bangladesh?

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2005), pp. 1-21, Business and Governance in Bangladesh in the 21st Century Proceedings, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


Corporate social responsibility of small businesses: a developing country perspective

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), pp. 1-8, Integrated governance : linking up government, business and civil society : proceedings, Prato, Italy, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Building economic resilience and connecting ASEAN women entrepreneurs with Australia

A/Prof Alfred Presbitero, A/Prof Fara Azmat

DFAT Australia-ASEAN Council

  • 2022: $48,011

Other Public Sector Funding

Arts and culture as a strategic approach to address extremism in Bangladesh

A/Prof Fara Azmat, A/Prof Ahmed Ferdous, Prof Ingrid Nielsen

Australia Awards Fellowships

  • 2017: $125,690

Preparing tertiary students from CALD migrant communities for careers in regional areas. Development and evaluation of an online course and associated materials.

Prof Alexander Newman, A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Joe Jiang, Dr Huong Le, Dr Siewmee Barton, A/Prof Ahmed Ferdous

Department of Home Affairs

  • 2019: $48,448

Industry and Other Funding

Building Diverse Community Engagement Mix It Up Project Evaluation 2006-2010

Prof Ruth Rentschler, Dr Yuka Fujimoto, A/Prof Fara Azmat

Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Multicultural Arts Victoria

  • 2011: $16,000

Mapping Social Investment, Environment, Activities and Outcomes @ Asia Pulp and Paper

Prof Nava Subramaniam, A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Yuka Fujimoto

The Sustain Group Pty Ltd

  • 2013: $45,000

Achieving a Sustainable Development Agenda through specialized trainings programs: The case of high level Bangladeshi Public officials.

A/Prof Fara Azmat, A/Prof Ahmed Ferdous, Dr Mohammad Muttakin, Dr Huson Ali Ahmed

Ministry of Public Administration

  • 2019: $24,560

Achieving a Sustainable Development Agenda through specialized trainings programs: The case of mid-high level Bangladeshi Public officials - Phase 1.

A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Mohammad Muttakin, A/Prof Ahmed Ferdous

Ministry of Public Administration

  • 2022: $57,134


Associate Supervisor

Emma Winston

Thesis entitled: Transformative Value Outcomes of Tailored Arts Services

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Marketing


Akanksha Jumde

Thesis entitled: An Analysis of Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Provisions under Indian Company Law

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin Law School


Cuc Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Impact of community context and individual factors on entrepreneurial propensity and behaviours of rural females in a transitional economy: evidence from Vietnam

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Marketing