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Dr Beatriz Acevedo

Academic Developer for Ruskin Modules, Anglia Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellow, 2020 Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Areas of Expertise:
Business, management and leadership , International Business
Research Supervision:

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.

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Dr Beatriz Acevedo is an artist and educator passionate about exploring the intersections between creativity and learning and teaching. She believes in the power of art and beauty to transform lives and enhance learning.

Beatriz is not an art teacher, but for 20 years she has taught in management schools and academic development. Her life-purpose is to rekindle and activate the creative talents of students, educators and communities to empower them to live beautifully and in a sustainable manner.

Beatriz has worked with community leaders in Colombia, and with women entrepreneurs in the East of England, in projects of professional development. She has extensive experience working in project evaluation in Latin America. She has also experience in working with SMEs and third sector organisations in processes of reducing their carbon footprint and enhancing their environmental practices.

Beatriz’ current role as Academic Developer for the Ruskin Modules brings together her passion for education and curriculum design with her talents as a creative oracle. Her Ruskin Modules Open Studios – scheduled every other Monday from 2-4 - provide a safe space for the ARU community to acquire specific creative tools and building relational capacities for the development of the Ruskin Modules, bringing together interdisciplinarity, employability and wicked questions at Anglia Ruskin University.

Research interests
  • Creativity and art-based methods in higher education
  • Reflective Learning and Practice.
  • Beauty and Aesthetics in education
  • Design Thinking in Organisational development and education
  • Creativity habits
  • Employability and Sustainability
  • Art and Education for Sustainability
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Visual thinking
  • Pedagogy, Self-care and Compassion

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
  • 2007: PhD University of Hull, UK
  • 2005: Postgraduate Certification in Higher Education, University of Hull, UK
  • 2002: MA Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • 2001: MBA and Gender. International Training Centre for Women. The Netherlands
  • 1994: BEng (industrial) Universidad de los Andes. Bogota. Colombia.
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism SCOS, and reviewer for Culture and Organization.
  • Member of the Art of Management in Organisation, and reviewer for Organizational Aesthetics.
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • September 2021: Design Thinking. Executive training education for a group of CEOs and public servants from the Hyria Business Institute-Finland. Faculty of Business and Law. RIDO
  • 2021-2014: Collaborative Teaching Development Project, GoGreen. Funded by the Higher Education Academy. Partners: National Union of Students and University of Bristol.
  • 2012-2014- Higher Education Academy. Teaching Collaborative Grant.
  • 2012-2015-University Teaching Fellowship Grant.
  • 2011: Programme Enterprising Academics. Work with enterprises and SMEs in the East of England working on sustainability and social responsibility.
  • 2010-2012 – KTP Organisation for Responsible Businesses.
  • 2010: Programme ‘Survive and Thrive’. Working with SMEs in the East of England.
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.

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.

Acevedo, B. 2021. Sustainable Development Goals and the Ruskin Modules. The Money Festival. Student organised event. Anglia Ruskin University.

Acevedo, B. 2020. RawTag: Art and Education for Sustainability. ReImagine Education. International Conference. Online. 9-11, December, 2020. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSYhEgv6CaM&feature=youtu.be

Creativity and Education for Sustainability. 2020. Instituto Soul. Brazil. [online symposium] 11 December 2020.

RawTag: Engaging with sustainable practices. With Carmen Lamberti. 1st Sustainable Fashion Week. Global Sustainability Institute and Student Union. Anglia Ruskin University. 25 October 2020. [online]

A brief history of Textile Art and Feminism. 2020. With Carmen Lamberti. 1er Colloquium on Art and Society. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia [online colloquium] 1-2 October 2020.

Acevedo, B., 2020. Sensuality in Online Teaching. In 35th Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism: Looking for our Soul. 20 July 2020. [online]

Acevedo, B., Fava, M. and Pratt-Adams, S., 2019. Design Thinking: Interdisciplinary Learning for Sustainability and Innovation. 8th Annual Conference PedRIO. University of Plymouth, UK. 12 April 2019.

Acevedo, B., 2018. RawTag: Art and Education for Sustainability. Art of Management Organization Conference: “Performance” University of Brighton, UK. 30 August to 2 September 2018.

Acevedo, B. and Lamberti, C. 2017. RawTag: Her Sweat on your skin. In 34th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism: “Carne: Flesh and Organization”. University of Rome, Italy. 10-14 July 2017.

Creative Works and Exhibitions

Textile Art and Feminism: RawTag, Yonis and Macrame [online exhibition] Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogotá (Colombia), 2 October 2020.

RawTag: Art and Education for Sustainability [exhibition/workshop] First Climate Action Week. London, 3 July 2019.

RawTag: Art and Education for Sustainability [exhibition/workshop] Art of Management Conference. University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. 28 August 2018.

Yonis: Feminism, Empowerment and Identity. [exhibition/workshop] Espacio Gallery, London, 8 March 2018. Promo: https://vimeo.com/257365080

RawTag: Business students can be artists [exhibition/curator] Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University. December 2017.

RawTag: Art and Education for Sustainability [exhibition/workshop] Espacio Gallery, London. 15-22 March 2017.

Frida Kahlo, Lust for Life. [collective exhibition] Menier Gallery, London. 16 August 2016