Portrait of Dr Julia Meaton Dr Julia Meaton

j.meaton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472949


Position: Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Qualifications: BA, PhD, FHEA
Research Group: Emerging Markets Research Group


Julia is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School, and course leader for the MSc in Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management . She joined the Business School in 2000, but had already been employed at the University in the School of Applied Sciences as Senior Lecturer in Geography since 1994. Prior to that Julia worked as Research Fellow at Wye College (formerly a college of London University, now part of Imperial College). She studied her PhD at The University of Plymouth, completing her thesis in 1990.


Research and Scholarship

Julia’s specific areas of expertise are community sustainability, disaster and emergency management, social enterprise, land use and transport planning.

Her research focuses on the development of sustainable and resilient communities, particularly in emerging or developing economies and she has several live research projects in  Ethiopia, Zambia and Jordan. Julia is involved in two forest governance projects in Ethiopia, one explores the potential of non-timber forest products to support vulnerable forest communities and the other, linked project,  concerns the sustainable management of coffee forests in Ethiopia.  In Zambia, Julia is  exploring the charcoal value chain to identify more sustainable methods of charcoal production and use. Linked to this is a project on the development and potential of biodiesel (from recycled oil) in Zambia.

She is currently developng a Jordanian project on the vulnerability of long term Palestinian refugee camps which is  the result of a link between two Universities in Jordan where two of her successful PhD students are employed. This research is linked to Julia’s growing interest in disaster and emergency management.

Julia has also been involved in research in social enterprise and have supervised several PhD students in this area. This is an evolving area in emerging and developing nations that she is interested in developing.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Mzembe, A., Downs, Y. and Meaton, J. (2016) ‘Corporate social responsibility in Malawi: Antecedents, issues, practices and future directions’. In: Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 3-30. ISBN 978-3319266671


Sawalha, I., Anchor, J. and Meaton, J. (2015) ‘Continuity Culture: A Key Factor for Building Resilience and Sound Recovery CapabilitiesInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science , 6 (4), pp. 428-437. ISSN 2095-0055

Meaton, J. and Alnsour, J. (2015) ‘The Use of University Research in Planning Decision Making in Jordanian MunicipalitiesHabitat International , 49, pp. 206-211. ISSN 0197-3975

Meaton, J., Abebe, B. and Wood, A. (2015) ‘Forest Spice Development: the Use of Value Chain Analysis to Identify Opportunities for the Sustainable Development of Ethiopian Cardomom (Orerima)Sustainable development , 23 (1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 1099-1719


Lever, J., Wood, A., Meaton, J. and Mswaka, W. (2014) ‘PRME and The Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities at the University of Huddersfield,’. In: Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. . ISBN 978-1-783531-24-0

Meaton, J. and Alnsour, J. (2014) ‘Housing Conditions in Palestinian Refugee Camps, JordanCities , 36 (2), pp. 65-73.

Meaton, J. and Stringer, L. (2014) ‘The Use of Social Media by UK Local Resilience ForumsEmergency Management Review , 2 (1), pp. 7-21. ISSN 2049-5927


Meaton, J., Abebe, B. and Wood, A. (2013) ‘Forest Spice Development: the Use of Value Chain Analysis to Identify Opportunities for the Sustainable Development of Ethiopian Cardamom (Korerima)Sustainable Development , 23 (1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 0968-0802

Robinson-Maynard, A., Meaton, J. and Lowry, R. (2013) ‘Identifying Key Criteria as predictors of success in social marketing: establishing an evaluative template and grid (ETG)’. In: Contemporary Issues in Social Marketing. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars. pp. 41-58. ISBN 978-1-4438-5024-7

Mzembe, A. and Meaton, J. (2013) ‘Driving Corporate Social Responsibility in the Malawian Mining Industry: A Stakeholder PerspectiveCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management . ISSN 1535-3958


Sutcliffe, J., Wood, A. and Meaton, J. (2012) ‘Competitive forests – making forests sustainable in south-west EthiopiaInternational Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology , 19 (6), pp. 471-481. ISSN 1350-4509

Sawalha, I., Anchor, J. and Meaton, J. (2012) ‘Business continuity management in Jordanian banks: Some cultural considerationsRisk Management , 14 (4), pp. 301-324. ISSN 1460-3799

Meaton, J. and Sawalha, I. (2012) ‘The Arabic Culture of Jordan and its impacts on a wider Jordanian adoption of business continuity managementJournal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning , 6 (1), pp. 84-95. ISSN 1749-9216

Meaton, J. and Alnsour, J. (2012) ‘Spatial and Environmental Planning Challenges in Amman, JordanPlanning Practice and Research , 27 (3), pp. 367-386. ISSN 0269-7459


Sawalha, I., Anchor, J. and Meaton, J. (2011) Business Continuity Management in Jordanian Banks: Sectoral and National Influences The University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Meaton, J. and Alnsour, J. (2009) ‘Factors Affecting Compliance with Residential Standards in the City of Old Salt, JordanHabitat International , 33 (4), pp. 301-339. ISSN 0197-3975


Seanor, P. and Meaton, J. (2008) ‘Learning from failure, ambiguity and trust in social enterpriseSocial Enterprise Journal , 4 (1), pp. 24-40. ISSN 1750-8614


Kenny, B. and Meaton, J. (2007) ‘Human language technologies and entrepreneurship in the creative industries’. In: Entrepreneurship in the creative industries: an international perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . ISBN 9781845426101

Kenny, B. and Meaton, J. (2007) ‘Cross-benchmarking international competitiveness and performance in human language technologiesBenchmarking: An International Journal , 14 (5), pp. 594-608. ISSN 1463-5771


Meaton, J. and Robinson, A. (2005) ‘Bali beyond the bomb: disparate discourses and implications for sustainabilitySustainable development , 13 (2), pp. 69-78. ISSN 1099-1719


Meaton, J., Young, W. and Welford, R. (2003) ‘Fair trade as a strategy for international competitivenessInternational Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology , 10 (1), pp. 1-13. ISSN 1350-4509

Meaton, J. and Low, C. (2003) ‘Car club development: the role of local championsWorld transport policy and practice , 9 (3), pp. 32-40. ISSN 1352-7614

Meaton, J., Starkey, R. and Williams, S. (2003) ‘Stelios - the accidental environmentalist?World transport policy and practice , 9 (1), pp. 31-36. ISSN 1352-7614


Meaton, J. and Morrice, D. (2001) ‘Individual freedom and the ethics of private car use’. In: Ethics for everyday. : McGraw-Hill. pp. 365-381. ISBN 9780072408898


Anderson, M. and Meaton, J. (2000) ‘Confrontation or consensus? A new methodology for public participation in land use planning’. In: Resolving urban environmental and spatial conflicts. : Geo Press. pp. 103-119. ISBN 9789071971662

Research Degree Supervision

11 Phd Completions (9 as main supervisor):

Gareth Bruff (second supervisor) Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Planning Areas.
Sally Apperley (main supervisor) Attitudes to Household Hazardous Waste.
Joshua Wanjare (main supervisor) Strategic Advantage of Successful UK Cooperatives
Jamal  Alnsour (main supervisor) Environmental Issues of Urban Planning In Amman, Jordan
Alex Robinson (main supervisor) ICT and Poverty Alleviation In Indonesia
Pam Seanor (main supervisor) Sensemaking of Social Enterprises in The UK
Walter Mswaka (main supervisor) Structures for Social Enterprises in the UK
Samia Mogbool  (main supervisor) Corporate Environmental Management in Saudi Arabia
Ihab Salwalha (main supervisor) Business Continuity in Jordan.
Andrew Mzembe (main supervisor) CSR in Tea and Mining Industries in Malawi
Yusef Massoud (second supervisor) Environmental Management in the Cement Industry in Libya

Julia is currently supervising the following Phd students:

Audrey Robinson-Maynard (main supervisor) Social Marketing
Sri Oktavia (main supervisor) CSR in Indonesia
Nasir Elkilaney (main supervisor) Sustainable Tourism Strategies for Libya
Mossa Ahmad Omar Amhemed (main supervisor) Sustainable Rural Tourism in Libya
Akeel Ellafi Ali (main supervisor) Community Climate Change Vulnerability in Libya
Nagma Hbiesh (main supervisor) Economic Models of Tourism in Libya
Alhesein Alhendawi (main supervisor) Forest Management in the Green Mountain Area of Libya
Rebwar Maroof (main supervisor) CSR in Kurdistan
Ugonwa Aroh(second supervisor) Education for Sustainabel Development in Nigeria (with a colleague in The School of Educationa and Continuing
Rosemary Chilufa (second supervisor) The Nexus Between Human Security and Entrepreneurship in Zambia
Janet Lowere (second supervisor) Honey Development in Zambia and Ethiopia

Enterprise Activities

2005-2008 - Member of Steering Committee for the National Trust development of Gibson Mill, Hebden Bridge.

2006-2008 - Member of Yorkshire Forward and Carplus Steering Committee for ‘Cars Cutting Carbon’ project .

2005 - Consultant to ‘Easy Car’.

November 2005 - contract for regeneration agency Huddersfield Pride to host a conference on Social Enterprise and to establish a website for local social enterprises.

April 2003  - project  identifying unmet transport needs in Newsome, Huddersfield (funded by Kirklees Metropolitan Council).

Administrative Responsibilities

Deputy Director Graduate Education (The Business School)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Course Leader MSc Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management
Deputy Director Graduate Education (The Business School)
Module Leadership:
BHS0002 Environmental Mangement
BMS0036 Disaster and Emergency Management
BMS0047 Sustainable Business
BMS0034 Principles of Environmental Management
BMS0038 The Anatomy of Disasters
BMS0045 Business Continuity Management

Teaching and Professional Activities

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy since 2002.
Member of Editorial Board, Sustainable Development since 2002.
Regularly review submissions for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, Urban Studies, Habitat International, Cities and Transport Geography.
Reviewed book proposals for Ashgate Press, and grant submissions for the ESRC and book proposals for Ashgate Press.
External Examiner for Phd Portsmouth, 2012.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (honorary) Copperstone University, Zambia.
External Reviewer for MSc Sustainable Development by Advocacy, Worcestershire University, 2010.
External Examiner, (Business, ug and pg), Leeds Metropolitan University, 2005-2010.

2001-2004 – Four Feasibility studies on the potential of Car Clubs in Bentham, Whitby, Cumbria and the Colne Valley.
1995 - 1999 - Various small sums awarded by the Kirklees Environment Unit to fund a number of small local projects.
1993 - ESRC Grant £80,000 Public Attitudes Towards Greener Transport Towns.


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