Dr Beatriz Acevedo

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , International Business

Research Supervision:Yes

Beatriz Acevedo is an artist-academic, passionate about education for sustainable development and action learning. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Beatriz is a member of Go Green.



As an artist-academic Beatriz aims at bridging and developing art-based methodologies in teaching and business development. She has also worked as an academic consultant in different areas such as public sector management, public policies, international drugs policy, gender and sustainable development. Currently she is developing some ideas on distance learning and education for sustainability, including some art-based methodologies. 

Research interests

  • Education for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Management in Practice
  • Leadership and sustainability
  • Organizational Aesthetics
  • Visual Research Methodologies.
  • Gender and organizations
  • Art-based methodologies

Beatriz's research concerns the area of education for sustainability in management studies, including aspects of action learning, art-based methodologies and business ethics.

Areas of research supervision

  • Education for Sustainability


Beatriz is passionate about education for sustainability and a great advocate of using art-based methodologies in her teaching. She has taught a number of module during the last few years, currently she teaches:

  • International Intercultural Management
  • International Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • The Natural Environment, Stakeholders and Policies


  • PhD in Management. University of Hull (2007)
  • MA Sociology. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2002)
  • MBA and Gender. International Training Centre for Women - The Netherlands.
  • BEng (industrial) Universidad de los Andes. Bogota. Colombia.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Education for Sustainability Committee – Anglia Ruskin University.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2012-2014- Higher Education Academy. Teaching Collaborative Grant.
  • 2012-2015-University Teaching Fellowship Grant.
  • 2010-2012 – KTP Organisation for Responsible Businesses.

Selected recent publications


Acevedo, B. and Warren S. (2012) Vision in Organizational Studies. In Culture and Organization. Vol. 18 No. 4. p. 277-284

Acevedo, B. (2011) Memories of La Violencia in Colombia in the work of Doris Salcedo.  In the Special Issue on Arts and Human Rights. Journal of Arts and Communities. Vol. 2. Issue 2. Pp. 105-122

Acevedo, B. (2011) The Screaming Pope: Imagery and Leadership in Two Paintings of Pope Innocent X.  In Leadership. Vol. 7 Issue 1. Pp. 27-50

Acevedo, B., Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) The Devil in High Heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss. In Culture and Organisation. Vol. 15 (3-4) September-December 2009. Pp. 331-345

Editorial Activities

Co-editor of the Special Issue of Vision in Organization Studies. Culture and Organization. September. 2012. Vol. 18 No. 4

Co-editor of the Special Issue of Arts and Management. International Journal of Management Practice. October, 2013.

Book Chapters

Acevedo, B. (2014) Sustainability in management education: a critical view. In Joergenssen and Largacha (Eds.) Critical narrative inquiry - ethics, sustainability and action. Nova Science: New York.

Acevedo, B. (2013) Images of Leadership: Using visual methods in leadership studies. In (Eds) Bell, Schroeder and Warren. Handbook of Visual Research Methods in Organisational Studies. London: Sage.

Acevedo, B. and Johnson, S. (2013) Students engagement with sustainability in the Business School. In Atfield, R. and Kemp, P. eds (2013) ‘Enhancing education for sustainable development in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Marketing, Tourism’ York: The Higher Education Academy. ISBN 978-1-907207-69-3. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/esd_acevedo_final_0.pdf

Acevedo, B., with Bonner, C., Johnson, S. and Malevicius, R. (2012). Students’ [passionate] engagement with processes of greening the campus. In Leal, W. (Ed.) “Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons”. Frankfurt, Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. Pp. 383-394

Recent presentations and conferences

Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism. University of Utrecht. July 12/2014. Beauty will save the world: GoGreen Pilot’12 Aesthetics and Sustainability. With Dr Ann Rippin.

Art of Management Conference. Copenhagen Business School. Foucault and Painting: A review. August 29/2014.