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Department of Management

Dr Fernando Correia

Dr Fernando Correia

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Business

 Streatham Court 


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Fernando has (re)joined the Business School in 2022, as a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Business for the Degree Apprenticeships and Executive Education programmes.

Fernando has more than 20 years of professional and academic experience in sustainability related fields. Having started his career as an ecologist and later on development work in the third sector, he started his research career completing a PhD on the implementation of sustainable tourism in Protected Areas across Europe. Since then he has worked on research, teaching or consultancy in areas like the low carbon economy, sustainable procurement, leadership for sustainability, sustainable tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services, and skills for sustainability, amongst others. This included a previous experience as Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Business School in the award-winning Clear About Carbon  project and partnership, between 2009 and 2013.  Other past projects included the EU COST Action (IS1204) TObeWELL (2012-2017) on Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem services; and “Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow”, a partnership of academic and practitioner partner organisations in six European countries, funded by Erasmus+, Key Action 2 (KA2), “Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices”.

Fernando has taught and supervised students from undergraduate to MSc, MBA and PhD levels.  Previous experiences included the development of a new BA Business Management with Sustainability at the University of Hull, at the time one of the first programmes of its kind in the UK, as well as leading a range of modules, programmes and Business School portfolios, from undergraduate to postgraduate levels.

Fernando is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has previous experience as an External Advisor and Examiner for external Universities. He has also held previous roles as institutional Lead for PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education), and has co-led the 2022 Annual Conference of PRME UK & Ireland.



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Research interests

  • Sustainable tourism, nature-based tourism
  • Wellbeing and cultural ecosystem services
  • Low carbon procurement and supply chain management
  • Leadership for sustainability
  • ESD - education for sustainable development
  • ESC reporting (Environment, Social and Governance)
  • Circular Economy

 My multi-disciplinary background, studies and career (with previous degrees in Biology, Ecology and Sustainability, and professional experience in public, private and third-sectors) influences heavily my research interests, that also prioritise inter and multi-disciplinary research. I am interested in the intersection of sustainability with other subjects and practice-based areas, and have researched and/or supervised PhD research in a range of areas exploring such intersections (as per the list of interests above). I am particularly interested in research that can inform sustainability practice and policy-making both in business and higher education contexts.

Research projects

Research projects and grants:

  • 2018-2021 - “Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow”. Erasmus+, Key Action 2 (KA2), “Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices”.
  • 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.

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Journal articles

Do Q, Mishra N, Correia F, Eldridge S (2024). The role of a boundary object in legitimacy-making strategies for food waste innovation: the perspective of emergent circular supply chains. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal Abstract.
Ross D, Saxena G, Correia F, Deutz P (2017). Archaeological tourism: a creative approach. Annals of Tourism Research, 67, 37-47.
Correia F (2017). What meaning for sustainability? the role of tourism academics in securing impact. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 9(2), 224-227. Abstract.
Hawkins BC, Pye A, Correia F (2016). Boundary Objects, Power and Learning:. The matter of developing sustainable practice in organisations. Management Learning, 1-19. Abstract.


Murga-Menoyo MÁ, Correia F, Espinosa Á (2018). Transition Towards Sustainability in Hull University Business School: a Study of Curricular Sustainability in the Teaching Processes. In  (Ed) World Sustainability Series, 783-802. Abstract.


Correia FML, Hawkins B, Howard M, Lamming R, Pye A (2011). Low Carbon Procurement: an Emerging Agenda. 20th Annual IPSERA Conference (International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association. Vision 20/20 - Preparing today for tomorrow’s challenges. 10th - 13th Apr 2011. Abstract.
Hawkins B, Pye A, Correia FML, Lamming R, Howard M (2010). Clumsy Ethics: Leading change for sustainable procurement. British Academy of Management Conference 2010. 14th - 16th Sep 2010.
Correia F (2010). The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: different perspectives and experiences. XII Congress of Tourism, University and Enterprise: Tourism and Management of Protected Areas. 20th - 22nd May 2009.
Correia F, Font X, Long J (2006). The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. Cutting Edge Research in Tourism: New Directions, Challenges and Applications. 6th - 9th Jun 2006. Abstract.


Capella Hereu J, Ballbe Mallol I, Correia F (2009). "Estratègia de Desenvolupament de Turisme de Natura a Catalunya, vinculat als Espais Naturals" (Nature-Tourism Development Strategy for the Natural Protected Areas of Catalonia). Secretariat of Commerce and Tourism of Catalonia. Generalitat de Catalunya..
Tapper R, Buncle T, Rissik D, Rohrbach S, Saferi A, Omar AH, Correia FML, Mills A, McIntyre C (2009). Tourism Development Plan for the Parque Nacional das Quirimbas, a general overview for investors. Republic of Mozambique, Ministry of Tourism..

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Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship and Executive Education programmes in the Business School.



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