Contact Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Environmental Defence
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency


Julieanna is an experienced Environmental Scientist/Engineer with over 17 years UK and overseas experience gained through academia and the private/public sector. Her expertise covers environmental sustainability which builds on her background in environmental science/engineering, and in particular resource management. 

She has worked on environmental related projects globally for institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Department for International Development (DFiD), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), European Commission, the NDA, and UK government (GCHQ). She has extensive experience of working in international Defence, and in China and Mongolia, where she contributed to the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable growth relating to resource efficiency, as well as advising government on appropriate Natural Resource Management. During her time at Cranfield Defence and Security she was Head of Environmental Science, Head of Research, Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and MSc Course Director.  Julieanna is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Waste Manager (CRWM), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (FMILT) and a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. 

She holds a joint PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Sheffield, Ruhr Universität) sponsored by UKAEA, an MSc in Environmental and Ecological Science (Lancaster University) and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science (Lancaster University).

Julieanna is a Research Director at the University of Chester, a Visiting Professor at the Military Economics Academy, Wuhan, China in the Logistics and Procurement Department, a Visiting Professor at Hindustan University, Chennai in the Centre for Defence Technology, and, a Visiting Lecturer and PhD supervisor at Cranfield University (Defence and Security).

Current activities

Teaching relates to the challenges, vulnerabilities and opportunities in environmental sustainability. Research relates to circular economy extension, and environmental process improvements of materials, products and services through life (design to re-manufacture). The aim of this through life approach is to apply strategic foresight to the future threats and opportunities of resources, that may reduce the likelihood and/or impact of supply disruptions through risk identification (disruptions), assessment (occurrence and impact), action (strategy and mitigation) and monitoring (reduce risk). 

PhD supervision - Julieanna is happy to accept PhD students in topics that fall within her research remit  

Current PhD topics supervised:

  • A disruptive Technology to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Maritime Sector
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting in the Aerospace, Defence, and Security Industry
  • Development of a disaster recovery tool to support community based recovery and remediation of the environment following natural or man-made disasters and crises.
  • Sustainability, Awareness in the Nuclear Environment
  • An analysis of Defence Industry Networks and Relationships 
  • Sustainability and the Defence Supply Chain
  • Environmental Economic Sustainability and Social Appropriation 


  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • Innospec
  • BAE systems
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl)
  • UK Ministry of Defence 
  • Qinetiq
  • Rolls Royce
  • Granta Design
  • BP
  • AWE
  • NDA


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Powell-Turner J (2015) Environmental Compliance in Defence - "Promoting sustainable practice in the supply chain through circularity" (2015). In: 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit 2015 (LCES-2015), Xi’an, 24-26 September 2015.
  • Powell-Turner J (2013) The Security of Material Availability for Future Defence Equipment. In: 3rd International Congress of Environment (ICE-2013), Xi'an, 26 September 2013.
  • Powell-Turner J (2012) Global Material Availability for Defence. In: Conference on Defence Education in India (DEFED 2012), Chennai, 23 November 2012.
  • Powel-Turner J Dr (2011) Will Future Environmental Concerns cause Significant and Unpredictable Dislocations for Defence. In: International Conference on Defence Economics, Wuhan, 17 October 2011.
  • Powell-Turner J (2011) Will future environmental concerns cause significant and unpredictable dislocations for defence.
  • Powell-Turner J & Temple T

    How are the MoD managing their waste?

  • Powell-Turner J Sustainable development in defence (RNAS Yeovilton).
  • Temple TJ, Powell-Turner J & Wallace I (2008) Explosives in the Enviroment. In: proceedings of the Enviroment Safety Assurance Symposium, Filton, Bristol, 1 September 2008.
  • Powell-Turner J (2006) Environmental Education in OME.
  • Powell-Turner J Will future resource concerns cause significant and unpredictable dislocations for Defence?.
  • Powell-Turner J

    Is the UK MoD an effective gatekeeper?

  • Temple TJ & Powell-Turner J A square peg in a round hole: Implications of waste disposal process for the defence sector. In: Proceedings of the CIWM, Paignton, Devon.
  • Brooks S, Davies P, Mason-Jones R & Powell-Turner J Why the renewable sector needs a sustainable and responsible supply chain. In: 24th annual IPSERA Conference, Amsterdam, 29 March 2015.