Dara Kelly

Assistant Professor, Business and Society


Room: SGL 4925

Phone: 778.782.9475

Email: darak@sfu.ca


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


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.

Dr. Kelly’s work has helped fill in gaps in the literature on the economic concepts and practices of the Coast Salish and other Indigenous nations. Her efforts to educate the public have placed her in front of government and policymakers, speaking on issues that arise from these minority states. She has presented in numerous conferences and public spaces in an effort to challenge conventional economical practices and inform positive change by drawing on knowledge of Indigenous economics.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

books 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, North Carolina, 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). Basel, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG. http://doi.org/10.1057/9781137309051_8