Newcastle University London

Staff Profiles

Dr Natalia Yakovleva

Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy


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 World Business; Journal of Business Ethics; Political Geography; Geoforum; International Journal of Production Research; Environment and Planning C. Natalia is an author of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining Industries, Routledge, 2017 and co-editer of Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainable Supply Chains in Post-global Economy, Springer, 2019. 

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

Member of Editorial Boards: Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility (Wiley), Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier).

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

Follow on Social Media:

Twitter account - @YakovlevaNP

Linkedin account 

Research Gate 

Academia Edu

Google Scholar


Natalia specialises in research on sustainable and responsible business. She developed an expertise in the field of corporate social responsibility and corporate-community relations, especially in the extractive industries. Natalia led research projects exploring social and environmental implications of mining in Argentina, Ghana and Russia. Her past research project focused on leadership in transiting to sustainability practices in SMEs, and innovation and sustainability of food supply chains.

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 PhD applicants 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 business
  • extractive industries and community/indigenous peoples' relations
  • international business and FDI in emerging markets

Current PhD students:

  • Julian Riano "CSR in the construction industry"
  • Yang Qu "Culture and internationalisation of Chinese MNEs within the One Belt, One Road initiative"
  • Mohammed Yekini "Conceptualizing the role of economic characteristics within individualized experiences of work engagement"
  •  Inamutila Kahupi "Circular Economy Assessment of Developing Economies Natural Resources: A Case Study of ASM Mining in Namibia" 

Natalia's research is featured on Newcastle University's Vision page - Protecting Russia's nomadic people


Modules in 2019-20:

  • LBS8045 International Business Environment 
  • LBS8078 Strategy for Managers
  • LBU3080 NUL Dissertation 
  • LBU3081 NUL Consultancy Project
  • LBU3143 Independent International Business Research Project
Modules in 2020-21:
  •  LBS8265 Managing Change in Organisations
  •  MSc Research-Based Dissertation