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Dr Judy Muthuri

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BEdn (Kenyatta, Kenya), MBA (Nairobi Kenya), MRes (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham), PGCHE (Nottingham PGCHE (30 Credits))
Associate Professor in Corporate Social Responsibility

Department: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466615
Location: B09C (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

I am an Associate Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Chair of the Social and Environmental Responsibility Group which is mandated to drive the School's sustainability and responsible business agenda. I am a corporate social justice advocate who believes in working with diverse actors to co-produce research that has positive and sustained societal impacts.

I am a Business and Society scholar with a great interest in theorising, understanding and influencing how organisations tackle sustainability challenges in different contexts - geography and industries. I am currently leading a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) funded project on the co-production of sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining in Kenya using the cultural animation approach (visit to learn more about the project).

Prior to joining academia and the ICCSR, I worked in the civil society sector in Africa for over ten years where I played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) South-South volunteering recruitment base in Kenya. I also worked for the National Council of Women of Kenya spearheading its women and economic empowerment programmes. Until end of 2015, I was a member of the Comic Relief's Trade Programme Advisory Group tasked with evaluating and recommending grant applications for international development in Africa. I continue to work towards building institutions and capacities of higher education and further education in Africa through my work as a founding member of the Africa Academy of Management, and the Africa Diaspora Academic Network-UK.

Areas of Expertise
Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainability

External Roles
Member, Faculty of Social Sciences (FOSS) Promotion Group (February 2021 to date)

Member, Africa Strategy Development Steering Group, University of Nottingham (February 2021 to date)

Administrative Roles
Departmental Research Director (Strategy and International Business)

School Committee Memberships
REF Task Group 2019
Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (Formerly RD) 2022
School Management Group 2017
Social and Environmental Responsibility Group 2018 Chair (2018 - )
I am module convenor of the following modules:
* Managing for Sustainability

Judy is module convenor of the following modules:


Business Ethics (N14115)
Managing for Sustainability (N14127)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

My research is in the broad area of Business and Development. My work critically examines the role of business in development focusing on business impacts on grand challenges (including poverty, corruption, and social exclusion), and how business objectives and development goals might be better aligned for greater positive impacts. At the centre of my enquiry is how business can act as development agents and its implications on governance and sustainable development at local, national and global levels.

My current research themes:

i) Sustainable Mining in Developing countries - I involved in engaged research work ing with mining stakeholders and policy makers on Sustainable Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) in Kenya. Visit our website and also watch our documentary on gemstone mining in Kenya

ii) Theorising Sustainability and Business Social Responsibility. Read our latest book: L.Spence., Jedrzej, G.F., Muthuri, J.N. and Navare, J. (Eds) (2018). Research handbook on small business social responsibility: global perspectives", Edward & Edgar Publishing Limited, United Kingdom.

iii) Sustainable Community Development. I am currently working with my co-authors on a four book series on the Base of the Pyramid Markets in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Affluent Countries: Innovations and Challenges to Sustainability.

iv) Cross-Sector Social Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement.

v) Responsible Management Education. Read our latest book: Amaeshi, K., Muthuri, J. N. & Obgechie (E ds) (2019). Strategies for Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Judy is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • Variable-Temperature Thermochemical Energy Storage System And Heat Networks For Decarbonising The Buildings Sector

Judy is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Farheen Akhtar
Gordon Dugle
Szu-Yu Chen

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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