Dara Kelly

  • Assistant Professor, Indigenous Business
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Commerce, The University of Auckland Business School Master of Commerce, The University of Auckland Business School Bachelor of Arts, The University of British Columbia

    Segal Room: SGL 4925
    Segal Phone: 778 782 9475

    Email Address: dara_kelly@sfu.ca


    Dr Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. Her doctoral research at the University of Auckland Business School was entitled, “Feed the people and you will never go hungry: Illuminating Coast Salish economy of affection,” and explored Coast Salish philosophy of freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity, and how that shapes Coast Salish philosophy of economy. She conducted the research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview. A paper stemming from her thesis won the Best Paper in Sustainability Award at the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference in Puerto Rico in February 2017.

    Currently Dr Kelly is working on the Coastal First Nations (CFN) Legacy Project. CFN is an alliance of First Nations communities on Haida Gwaii and the North and Central coasts of British Columbia. She will conduct oral history interviews to capture the core values of the CFN and develop case studies that will highlight key organizational challenges and successes from the perspective of those communities.

    In addition to her studies, Dara was a Researcher with the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development at The University of Auckland Business School. Dara also has experience in leadership development programming, and maintains collaborative research ties with Aotearoa-New Zealand in the area of Indigenous economic development.

    Research Interests

    Indigenous economic philosophy, Indigenous economic development, Indigenous wealth, Indigenous freedom, Indigenous capabilities, Indigenous leadership, Indigenous business research methodology. 

    Selected Publications

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    Kelly, D. I., & Kelly, P. (2015). An Ethic of Reciprocity: Illuminating the Sto:lo Gift Economy. Indigenous Spiritualities at Work: Transforming the Spirit of Enterprise (pp. 191-208). Charlotte, United States: Information Age Publishing Inc..

    Kelly, D. I., Jackson, B., & Henare, M. (2014). ‘He Apiti Hono, He Tātai Hono’: Ancestral Leadership, Cyclical Learning and the Eternal Continuity of Leadership. Core-Periphery Relations and Organisation Studies (pp. 164-184). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. http://doi.org/10.1057/9781137309051_8

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