Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Natalia Yakovleva

Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy, Programme Director for BSc (Hon) International Business Management (London Campus)


Natalia joined Newcastle University London as a Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy in September 2015. Natalia has PhD in Environmental Studies, BSc in Economics and Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. After completing her PhD in 2002, Natalia worked as Research Associate at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society at Cardiff University (BRASS). Prior to Newcastle, Natalia worked as a Senior Lecturer in International Business at Surrey Business School (University of Surrey, Guildford) and as a Reader/Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Winchester Business School (University of Winchester). 

Natalia has published in international journals such as Journal of Business Ethics; Political Geography; Geoforum; International Journal of Production Research; Environment and Planning C. She authored a book on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining Industries, Routledge, 2005.

Member of British Academy of Management, Academy of Management and Fellow of Higher Education Academy 

Member of editorial boards of journals: The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier) and Resources (open-access MPDI journal).

Natalia is an Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University since November 2017.

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Natalia specializes in research on sustainable and responsible business. She developed expertise in the field of corporate social responsibility and corporate-community relations, especially in the extractive industries. Natalia has conducted research on management of social and environmental implications of small- and large-scale mining in Argentina, Ghana and Russia. Natalia's past research project focused on leadership in UK SMEs transiting to sustainability practices. Her recent project examines innovation and sustainability in food supply chains in the UK.

Natalia contributes to the work of Resourcing Future Generations, an initiative of the International Union of Geological Sciences, that is concerned with adequate provision of mineral resources for future generations and governance of mineral resource development.

I would welcome research collaborations and supervision of PhD students under the following themes:

- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and business strategy

- sustainable business and innovation for sustainability

- sustainability measurement in supply chains (e.g. food, minerals and natural resources)

- corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting in international busines (e.g. MNEs and mining)

- extractive industries and community/indigenous peoples relations

- international business, FDI in emerging markets

PhD students:

- Tom Drake "Rethinking stakeholder salience amplification towards marginalised stakeholder groups: The case pipeline industry and Aboriginal communities in Canada"

- Julian Riano "CSR in the construction industry"


LBS8045 International Business Environment  - PG module

LBU2034 Operations Management - 2nd year UG module (2016-17)

LBU1012 International Business and Management - 1st year UG module

LBU3055 Contemporary Issues in IBM - 3rd year UG module 

LBU3052 IBM Dissertation - 3rd year UG module


  • Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust DA. Multinational mining enterprises and artisanal small-scale miners: From confrontation to cooperation. Journal of World Business 2017, e-pub ahead of print (in press, corrected proof).
  • Vazquez-Brust D, Yakovleva N. External facilitators of sustainable management education (EFSUMEs) and their role in promoting sustainable management education in higher education. In: Arevalo JA; Mitchell SF, ed. Handbook of Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, pp.406-432.
  • Ali SH, Giurco D, Arndt N, Edmind N, Brown G, Demetriades A, Durrheim E, Eriquez MA, Kinnard J, Littleboy A, Meinert LD, Oberhänsli R, Salem J, Schodde R, Schneider G, Vidal O, Yakovleva N. Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance. Nature 2017, 543(7645), 367-372.
  • Yakovleva N, Kotilainen J, Toivakka M. Reflections on the opportunities for mining companies to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in sub – Saharan Africa. The Extractive Industries and Society 2017, 4(3), 426-433.
  • Preuss L, Vazquez-Brust D, Yakovleva N, Mutti D. Sustainability Issues Turning into Subnational Political Risk: Lessons from Gold Mining in Argentina. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting. 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, US.
  • Heidrich O, Manning D, Ford A, Panzone L, Yakovleva N, Fernandez J, Ciceri D, Allanore A, Villarroel-Walker R. The potassium cycle to feed the city. In: 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE)- Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities. 2017, Chicago, IL, USA: ISIE.
  • Yakovleva N, Grover R. Crossing the land of indigenous people in the Arctic: Comparison of Russian and North American experiences of economic growth and human rights in energy and infrastructure projects. In: Rebecca Pincus and Saleem H Ali, ed. Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic. Yale University Press, 2015, pp.198-212.
  • Yakovleva N, Meliou E. Exploring challenges and opportunities for responsible leadership in SMEs in England. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference. 2015, Portsmouth, UK.
  • Nickless E, Ali S, Arndt N, Brown G, Demetriades A, Durrheim R, Enriquez MA, Giurco D, Kinnaird J, Littleboy A, Masotti F, Meinert L, Nyanganyura D, Oberhänsli R, Salem J, Schneider G, Yakovleva N. Resourcing Future Generations: A Global Effort to Meet The World's Future Needs Head-on. International Union of Geological Sciences, 2015.
  • Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust DA. Social movement and ideological radicalism against new mining ventures in emerging economies. In: Corporate Social Responsibility Research Conference. 2015, Marseille, France.
  • Yakovleva N, Meliou E. Structure, agency and leadership for sustainability: A study of SMEs in England. In: 31st EGOS Colloquium. 2015, Athens, Greece.
  • Yakovleva N. What is the impact of the commodities crunch on mining?. World Economic Forum, 2015. Available at:
  • Yakovleva N. Land, oil and indigenous people in the Russian North: A case of oil pipeline and Evenki in Aldan. In: Emma Gilberthorpe and Gavin Hilson, ed. Natural Resources Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2014, pp.147-178.
  • Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust DA. Multi-stakeholder international governance initiatives: Addressing the challenges of ASM sector in Ghana. In: Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, Joseph Sarkis and James J. Cordeiro, ed. Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation: A Role of Suatainability Driven by the Global South? A Cross Border, Multi-Stakeholder Perspective. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014, pp.127-148.
  • Groves C, Munday M, Yakovleva N. Fighting the pipe: neo-liberal governance and barriers to effective community participation in energy infrastructure planning. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 2013, 31(2), 340-356.
  • Grant JA, Mitchell MI, Nyame FK, Yakovleva N. Micro-regionalism, information and communication technologies, and migration in West Africa: A comparative analysis of Ghana's diamond, cocoa, and gold sectors. In: Ulrike Lorenz and Martin Rempe, ed. Mapping Agency: Comparing Regionalisms in Africa. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013, pp.149-174.
  • Mutti D, Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust D, DiMarco MH. Corporate social responsibility in the mining industry: Perspectives from stakeholder groups in Argentina. Resources Policy 2012, 37(2), 212-222.
  • Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust D. Stakeholder Perspectives on CSR of Mining MNCs in Argentina. Journal of Business Ethics 2012, 106(2), 191-211.
  • Yakovleva N, Sarkis J, Sloan T. Sustainable benchmarking of supply chains: the case of the food industry. International Journal of Production Research 2012, 50(5), 1297-1317.
  • Yakovleva N. Oil pipeline construction in Eastern Siberia: Implications for indigenous people. Geoforum 2011, 42(6), 708-719.
  • Yakovleva N. Oil sector developments in Russia and indigenous people. OGEL: Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence 2011, 9(4), 1-28.
  • Yakovleva N, Sarkis J, Sloan TW. Sustainability benchmarking in the food supply chain. In: Ulf Sonesson, Johanna Berlin and Frederike Ziegler, ed. Environmental Assessment and Management in the Food Industry. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, 2010, pp.297-329.
  • Yakovleva N, Flynn A. Organic production: Adoption of a niche strategy by the mainstream food system. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 2009, 4(1), 43-60.
  • Nyame FK, Grant JA, Yakovleva N. Perspectives on migration patterns in Ghana's mining industry. Resources Policy 2009, 34(1-2), 6-11.
  • Crate S, Yakovleva N. Indigenous people and mineral resource extraction in Russia: the case of diamonds. In: Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Saleem Ali, ed. Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples. the Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility. Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, 2008, pp.222-244.
  • Yakovleva N. Models of community development: A case study of the mining industry. In: Terry Marsden, ed. Sustainable Communities: New Spaces for Planning, Participation and Engagement. London: Elsevier, 2008, pp.47-74.
  • Yakovleva N. Editorial introduction: Measuring the sustainability of the food system. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 2007, 9(1), 1-3.
  • Yakovleva N. Measuring the sustainability of the food supply chain: A case study of the UK. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 2007, 9(1), 75-100.
  • Yakovleva N. Perspectives on female participation in the artisanal and small-scale mining: A case of the Birim North District of Ghana. Resources Policy 2007, 32(1-2), 29-41.
  • Hilson G, Yakovleva N. Strained relations: A critical analysis of the mining conflict in Prestea. Political Geography 2007, 26(1), 98-119.
  • Hilson G, Banchirigah SM, Yakovleva N. 'To move or not to move': Reflections on the resettlement of artisanal miners in the Western Region of Ghana. African Affairs 2007, 106(424), 413-436.
  • Jenkins H, Yakovleva N. Corporate social responsibility in the mining industry: Exploring trends in social and environmental disclosure. Journal of Cleaner Production 2006, 14(3-4), 271-284.
  • Hilson G, Yakovleva N. Strained relations: a critical assessment of the mining conflict in Prestea, Ghana. In: Gavin Hilson, ed. Small-Scale Mining, Rural Subsistence and Poverty in West Africa. United Kingsom: Intermediate Technology and Development Group Publications, 2006, pp.241-251.
  • Yakovleva N. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining Industries. 2005.
  • Yakovleva N, Flynn A. Innovation and sustainability in the food system: A case study of chicken production and consumption in the UK. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 2004, 6(3-4), 227-250.
  • Yakovleva N, Alabaster T. Tri-sector partnership for community development in mining: A case study of the SAPI Foundation and Target Fund in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Resources Policy 2003, 29(3-4), 83-98.