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Dara Kelly

Assistant Professor, Business and Society


Room: SGL 4925



Doctorate of Philosophy in Management, 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-Roy is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. Dara spent nearly a decade studying at the University of Auckland Business School where she completed her master’s and doctorate degrees. Her PhD thesis was entitled, “Feed the people and you will never go hungry: Illuminating Coast Salish economy of affection,” and explores 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. She continues to be proud of the research she completed for her master’s thesis entitled, "Ngā Kete e Toru o te Wānanga: Exploring Feminine Ancestral Leadership with Māori Business Leaders" now published in the journal Leadership here. The approach to research methods and methodology that Dara takes is informed by Coast Salish epistemology and emphasizes the richness and wealth of knowledge embedded in oral history. Dr Kelly-Roy is currently Co-Chair of the Indigenous Caucus at the Academy of Management Annual Conferences.

In her time in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Dara contributed to and continues to maintain strong ties within her research network at the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development at The University of Auckland Business School. Dara also led an undergraduate-level leadership development program that brought the students to Sāmoa as their final leadership experience.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Kelly, D. I., & Nicholson, A. (2022). Ancestral leadership: Place-based intergenerational leadership. Leadership.

Easter, S., Ceulemans, K., & Kelly, D. (2021). Bridging Research-Practice Tensions: Exploring Day-to-Day Engaged Scholarship Investigating Sustainable Development Challenges. European Management Review, 18(2), 9-23.

Kelly, D. I., & Woods, C. (2021). Ethical Indigenous Economies. Engaged Scholar Journal, 7(1), 140-158.

Podlasly, M., von der Porten, S., Kelly, D. I., & Lindley-Peart, M. (2020). Centering First Nations Concepts of Wellbeing: Toward a GDP-Alternative Index in British Columbia. British Columbia Assembly of First Nations.

Kelly, D. I., & Hrenyk, J. (2020, October). A call to decolonize business schools, including our own. Conversation.

Nicholson, A., Staniland, N., Kelly, D. I., Dell, K., & McClutchie, A. (2020). Manaakitanga and the Academy. Hospitality & Society, 11(1), 9-26.

Smith, S., Poyntz, S., Johal, A., Kelly, D. I., & Dooley, S. (2020). Whose knowledge is it? Community-centered approaches to research in practice at Simon Fraser University. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Kelly, D. I. (2017). Sq'ewlets: A Sto:lo-Coast Salish community in the Fraser Valley virtual museum. BC Studies, 194(Summer), 195-197.

books chapters and monographs

Kelly, D. I. (2021). Indigenous Oral History Methods in Leadership Research. In Tolstikov-Mast, Y., Bieri, F., & Walker, J. L. (Eds.), Handbook of International and Cross-Cultural Leadership Research Processes: Perspectives, Practice, Instruction (pp. 232-245). Routledge (US).

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). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Kelly, D., Jackson, B., & Henare, M. (2014). 'He apiti hono, he tatai hono': Ancestral leadership, cyclical learning and the eternal continuity of leadership. Core-Periphery Relations and Organization Studies (pp. 164-184). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd (UK).