Dr Fernando Correia

Lecturer of Sustainable Business Management/ Programme Director of BA Business Management portfolio

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Dr Fernando Correia has more than 15 years of professional and academic experience in sustainability related fields.

Having started his career as an ecologist and later on in development work in the third sector, he started his research career on the implementation of sustainable tourism across Europe.

Since then he has worked on research on low carbon economy, leadership for sustainability, tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services, amongst others.

Dr Correia developed the University of Hull's new BA Business Management with Sustainability, one of the first programmes of its kind in the UK.


Research Interests

  • Leadership and management for sustainability and the low-carbon economy

  • Sustainable procurement and supply chain management

  • Sustainable, rural and nature-based tourism

  • Tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services

  • Sustainability indicators and certification

  • Resilience theory and complex adaptive systems

Research groups

  • Member of the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull

  • Member of TObeWELL project and research network (Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services), funded by COST–European Science Foundation / Action IS1204 (2012-2017)


Ross D, Saxena G, Correia F and Deutz P, 'Archaeological Tourism: A Creative Approach'Annals of Tourism Research, 67, pp 37-47 (2017)

Hawkins B, Pye A and Correia F, 'Boundary Objects, Power and Learning: The Matter of Developing Sustainable Practice in Organisations, Management Learning, DOI: 10.1177/1350507616677199 (2016)

Correia F, 'What Meaning for Sustainability? The Role of Tourism Academics in Securing Impact', Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2016.1258511 (2016)

Correia F, Hawkins B, Howard M and Pye A, 'Low Carbon Procurement: An Emerging Agenda, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Volume 19, Number 1, pp 58-64 (2013)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Sustainable Business: Principles and Practice of Green Management

  • Themes in Business Management

  • Complexity and Network Thinking (MBA)

  • PEP (Professional Experience Year) Tutor

Research PhDs

Dr Correia welcomes applications in the areas of business management and sustainability, corporate responsibility, sustainable tourism, ecosystem services, low carbon procurement and supply chain management, and others that require systems thinking approaches for sustainability problems.

Completed PhDs 

  • Mettanont W, The Study of Viability and the Management of Knowledge in Community Enterprises in Thailand, University of Hull (2016)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Yvonne Black, Understanding the Outcomes of Nature-based Interventions for Health and Wellbeing: Case Studies from the City of Hull

  • Francesca Moore, Resilient Farming in a Changing World: Investigating Farmer Agency, Farming Styles and Socio-Governance Set-Ups in the Take-Up of Regenerative Farming Practices in the UK

  • David Ross, Creative Tourism as a Means to Enhance Archaeological Heritage

  • Ovalia Rukmana, Using Transformative Learning to Respond to Palm Oil Issues: A Study across Business Schools in Indonesia

  • David McNeil, Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Isles of Scilly: Towards Benefits Realisation (co-supervision of student at European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Sustainable Tourism (Leeds Metropolitan University)

  • MSc in Ecology (University of Coimbra)

  • BSc in Biology (University of Coimbra)

External roles

  • Visiting lecturer at the International University of Andalucía (UNIA)

  • Regular collaborator and auditor for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, EUROPARC Federation

Awards and accolades

2012- : TObeWELL - Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services, in collaboration with Prof Gareth Shaw, University of Exeter Business School. 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.

2005: EU Marie Curie training grant. EASY-ECO - Evaluation of Sustainability. Run by Research Institute for Managing Sustainability – Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe - REC Slovakia.

Professional highlights

Research Fellow at the Clear About Carbon project (University of Exeter), a European Social Fund project focused on the development of leadership and management skills for low carbon procurement and supply chain management.

The project led to the development of a carbon literacy e-learning resource, which became part of the National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, promoted by Defra. It was also

  • winner at the ESF-ITM Final Awards for Best Mainstreaming Project (2013)

  • shortlisted for General Best Project Award at ESF-ITM Final Awards (2013)

  • winner of the Innovation Group category at Cornwall Works WISE Awards (2012)

  • winner of ESF Sustainable Development Specialist Project Leader Award (2011)

Under the EU-funded STEPPA (Sustainable Tourism in Enterprises, Parks and Protected Areas) project, Dr. Correia co-developed the guidelines for

  • an evaluation, auditing and validation approach for the accreditation of businesses and other partners of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (aka Charter Part II, from EUROPARC Federation)

  • a system for the harmonisation and accreditation of the Charter Part II Certification Programmes at European Level

The Charter Part II system is now being implemented in hundreds of businesses in several countries and Protected Areas implementing the European Charter.