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Professor Joanne Meehan PhD, MCIP, ISM, PGCE LTHE

Professor of Responsible Procurement Operations and Supply Chain Management


Strategic procurement

Jo's research has two complementary themes: the strategic impacts of sustainable procurement on diverse stakeholders, and the supply chain conflicts and constraints arising when balancing equity and economic benefit. These themes reflect an interdisciplinary, practice-orientated approach underpinned with scholarly research. Legitimacy and the role of public policy are core aspects of the research.

The research covers the role of procurement in a range of sectors. Recent research is set in public and third sectors and explores social value and commercialisation. The use of Critical Action Research is a key feature of the research.

Key themes: Dynamics of B2B relationships (power, value, risk), modern slavery, sustainable procurement, critical action research, strategic issues in the social housing sector

Research Group Membership

Research Grants

Implications of COVID-19 for modern slavery challenges in supply chain management


January 2021 - June 2021

To significantly improve culture of customer service and efficiency through the re-engineering and comercialization of the Building Maintenance Unit's operations and supply chain management.


December 2010 - April 2014

Research Collaborations

Prof Rhona Johnsen and Dr Slyvie Lacoste

Project: Hegemony in b2b relationships
External: Audencia Business School, and Leonard de Vinci Pole Universitaire

Research collaboration: Hegemony in b2b relationships

Dr Joona Keränen

Project: Value in b2b relationships - research projects
External: Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland

Collaborative research project with LUT research cluster and Dr Bruce Pinnington (ULMS)

Dr Louise Knight (Aston University); Nicola Robinson (CIPS)

External: Aston University and CIPS

The future of purchasing and supply management

Dr Chris Mason

External: Swinburne University of Technology

Barriers to collaborative public procurement

Dr DJ Bryde

External: Liverpool John Moores University

Research into sustainable supply chains in social housing sector

Dr T.Scanlon

External: Manchester Metropolitan University

Research of value in B2B relationships

Prof. GH Wright

External: Manchester Metropolitan University

Research of B2B power dynamics