Personal profile

Research interests

Julian's 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. 

Julian also has research experience in informal economies in developing and developed countries.

Supervisory Interests

Julian is 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. 

Julian has supervised a number of undergraduate theses as well as business plans part of graduation requirements. 

Approach to teaching

Julian's 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. He earned the status of 'Fellow' in the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2019.

His 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. 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.

Julian's sessions require preparation, self-study, and commitment. It is expected to see motivation and willingness to participate, from students.

Knowledge exchange

Julian has worked in higher education since 2011 teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the subjects taught by Julian include:

At University of Brighton (2022-2023):

  • MNM44: International Business Studies (Graduate level)
  • MLM04: Entrepreneurship and business start-ups (Graduate level)
  • MLM56: Research Methods for master’s students (Graduate level)
  • DB666: Developing Professional Practice (Undergraduate Level)
  • CA681: Small business and Enterprise (Undergraduate level)
  • DB650: Placement Project (Undergraduate level)
  • DB551: Business Problem Solutions (Undergraduate level)

At University of Newcastle (2019-2022):

  • LBS8326: Managing Organisations and People (Graduate level)
  • LBU3060: International Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate level)
  • LBU2011: Business Enterprise (Undergraduate level)
  • LBU1015: Management and Organisations (Undergraduate level)
  • LMK1012: Academic and Professional Skills (Undergraduate level)

At University of Brighton International College (2017-2022)

  • PM607: Theory and Practice of Strategic Management (Graduate level)
  • PM605: Project Management (Graduate Level)
  • FC009: Business and the Business Environment (Undergraduate Level)
  • IY403: Economics and Marketing in the International Context (Undergraduate Level)
  • IY439: Organizational Behaviour (Undergraduate Level)
  • IY440: Accounting for Managers

Julian has been a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) since 2017, and a co-chair for the special interest group: Sustainable and Responsible Business Track since 2019 where he has supported the peer-review process for three conferences BAM 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

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

Julian is also an external examiner for University of Brighton.

Julian and two more colleagues 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

PhD, Investigating Formation of Social Capital Benefits towards Value Creation and Business Sustainability: The case of SMEs in the UK construction industry, Newcastle University

Master, MBA in IT Management, Southern New Hampshire University

Bachelor, Business Adminstration and Finance , Western Connecticut State University

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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