Dr Fernando Correia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Dr. Fernando Correia has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in sustainability related fields. Having started his career as an Ecologist (BSc in Biology and MSc in Ecology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal), Fernando then worked for several years in the third sector in regional and social development, before moving to the UK to complete doctoral studies at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan University. He developed his PhD research on the implementation of the ‘European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas’ across Europe, and he is an experienced consultant on sustainable, rural and nature-based tourism in several international contexts. He is also a regular visiting lecturer in sustainable tourism at the International University of Andalucia, Spain.
Fernando joined the Business School’s Centre for Leadership Studies in 2009 to work as Research Fellow on the interdisciplinary project “Clear About Carbon – Supporting Cornwall’s Transition to the Low Carbon Economy”. This ESF/Convergence-funded project focused on the development of leadership and management skills for low carbon procurement and supply chain management, and has received several regional and national awards for its impact on policy and practice, including:
- Winner at the ESF-ITM Final Awards for Best Mainstreaming Project (2013)
- Winner of the Innovation Group category at Cornwall Works WISE Awards (2012)
- Winner of ESF Sustainable Development Specialist Project Leader Award (2011)
More recently, Fernando helped the Business School set up and secure the funding for an innovative inter-disciplinary and international research network on Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL project, EU COST Action IS1204), and he represents both the School and the UK in its Management Committee.
- License (BSc + MSc) in Biology, MSc in Ecology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
- PhD in Sustainable Tourism (Leeds Metropolitan University)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Exeter)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Leadership and management for sustainability and the low-carbon economy
- Sustainable, rural and nature-based tourism
- Tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services
- Sustainability indicators and certification
- Sustainable procurement and supply chain management
- Resilience theory and complex adaptive systems
Dr Correia has a strong interest on the interactions between natural resources and the promotion of regional development, as well as the role and effects of different organizational and governance arrangements on the development and implementation of sustainability strategies and their outcomes. Part of his PhD research focused on comparing multi-stakeholder tourism partnerships in European protected areas, and on how differences in contexts (institutional, managerial, cultural, environmental, geographical) had an impact on such outcomes.
A parallel research interest is the development of indicators and process-based certification approaches for sustainability. As an example, Dr. Correia is a regular collaborator of the EUROPARC Federation in the development of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, having audited several international applications to the Charter, and also supported the development of criteria and guidelines for its Phase II methodology. This involved defining a European meta-certification model applicable to a wide range of public-private partnerships between protected areas‘authorities and local tourism businesses across different European contexts.
More recently, under the Clear About Carbon project, Dr. Correia’s research focused on the processes of development of leadership and management skills for sustainability. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Correia run a series of Action Learning Sets with senior managers from the Cornish public and private sectors, exploring personal and organizational processes of change and sustainable organizing. Throughout his research, Dr. Correia favours the use of inter-disciplinary approaches drawing from resilience theory and ‘complex adaptive systems’ models.
Another recent line of research of Dr. Correia are the interrelationships between tourism and recreation, health and wellbeing, and ecosystem services. Together with Professor Gareth Shaw, he helped the Business School secure an EU COST grant to set up an international research network on this interdisciplinary subject (see www.tobewell.eu ) which will run from 2012 to 2016.
Research projects and grants
- 2012-(2016): TObeWELL - Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services, in collaboration with Prof. Gareth Show. Funding by COST– European Science Foundation / Action IS1204.
- 2009-2012: “Clear About Carbon – Supporting Cornwall’s Transition to the Low Carbon Economy”, with Professor Annie Pye, Professor Mickey Howard, and Dr. Beverley Hawkins. Funding by European Social Fund / Convergence.
- 2009 -2011: STEPPA –Sustainable Tourism in Enterprises, Parks and Protected Areas , in collaboration with Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Eastern Finland. Funding by the European Commission’s “Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)” - “Knowledge networks for the competitiveness and sustainability of European Tourism”.
- 2005 - EU Marie Curie training grant. “EASY-ECO - Evaluation of Sustainability". Training programme for young researchers on Sustainability Evaluation. Run by the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability – Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe - REC Slovakia.