Julian Riano

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Research interests

My current interests involve business sustainability from the six-point perspective (financial, social, intellectual, human, manufacturing, and environmental), social capital, value creation and strategy all within the UN sustainable development goals framework. 

I also have research experience in informal economies in developing and developed countries.

Supervisory Interests

I am keen on supervising research in the field of business sustainability, SMEs, social capital, value creation, entrepreneurship, and strategy with the aim to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals framework. 

I have supervised a number of undergraduate theses as well as business plans part of graduation requirements. 

Approach to teaching

My teaching activity spans across different levels from first year undergraduate (level 4) to master's students (level 7) and also in different subjects such as strategy, entrepreneurship, research methods, and international business. I earned my Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2019.

My lectures are usually developed with an interactive mindset where theory is examined, then discussion and idea-generation time is given to either contribute, expand and or contradict preset conceptions in the theory. My seminars are mostly student-centered where participants are able to engage in different activities either to watch a video, work on a set of questions based on a case study or group work with more complex tasks where students learn from, with and through others.

All my sessions require preparation, self-study, and commitment. It is expected to see motivation and willingness to participate and hopefully learn together as a group. 

Knowledge exchange

I have been in higher education for over eleven years teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students.

I have been a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) for over five years, and a co-chair for the special interest group: Sustainable and Responsible Business Track since 2019 where I have supported the peer-review process for three conferences BAM 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

I have presented several papers at BAM as well as EGOS whilst also joining the doctoral symposium events at BAM. Also, I have presented papers at the Management Knowledge and Education Conference (MKE) part of BAM.

I have earned a best-paper award for the publication: Social Capital, The Lesser-Known Victim of Crime in Bogota – Colombia), for the Public Management and Governance Track at The British Academy of Management BAM2020 Conference. 2-4 September. Manchester, UK.


Scholarly biography

Some of my recent publications:

Chavarro-Miranda, F., Grautoff-Laverde, M., Riano-Cruz, J.D. (2020) Social Capital, The Lesser-Known Victim of Crime in Bogota – Colombia (Forthcoming).

Pérez-Sánchez, E.O., Chavarro-Miranda, F., Riano-Cruz, J.D. (2020) Challenge-Based Learning: A ‘Entrepreneurship -Oriented’ Teaching Experience. Management in Education. November 2020.

Riano JD, Yakovleva N. (2019) Corporate Social Responsibility. In: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall, ed. Responsible Consumption and Production. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Switzerland: Springer, 2019. ISSN: 2523-7403.

Education/Academic qualification


… → 21 Jan 2022

Award Date: 29 Apr 2022

Master, Southern New Hampshire University

… → 5 Sep 2014

Award Date: 5 Sep 2014

Bachelor, Western Connecticut State University

… → 18 May 2008

Award Date: 18 May 2008

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, Newcastle University

Business Lecturer


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Business Sustainability
  • Social Capital
  • Value Creation
  • Qualitative Methods
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management


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