Professor Jo Meehan is a Professor of Responsible Procurement and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, and a visiting professor at LUT. 

Jo’s research centres on modern slavery in supply chains, social value in public procurement, and corporate power. Her work explores the commercial practices that allow social inequalities and environmental harm to persist, and crucially, what might be done to enable systemic change. Prior to joining academia, Jo had extensive commercial experience in the private sector working in procurement management for a global blue-chip company. 

Her work has won numerous international awards and she has been described in the business press as “one of the UK’s most influential procurement academics”.  She is a regular public speaker on responsible business and has extensively published in world-leading academic journals and in the professional press. Jo’s research has been referenced by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Environment Programme, the UK’s National Health System, the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service, and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, as well as numerous corporate organisations. Jo is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and she champions the journal’s ’business-not-as-usual’ research.