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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies

Fernández López

Primary Department
School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
Academic Staff
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Assistant Professor
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Dr Fernández López is currently Assistant Professor in Education for Sustainable Futures in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies. Manuel’s chief interests lie in the intersection between education and society and in the emergence of sustainable futures in education for well-being; and aimed at interdisciplinary over the last fifteen years, through working in academic disciplines such as Engineering, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Prior to joining DCU, Manuel has resided and worked outside Spain for more than eleven years, and developed and worked in projects in Cuba, Ireland and UK, Norway, Spain, Seychelles, Mexico. In Norway he was awarded funding for the study of long-term thinking for the green economy (EEA) at the Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics, where he contributed to gather further research funding and also lectured in areas of forward-thinking areas of inquiry and sustainable development management.

Manuel has lectured at postgraduate level for five years to future technology teachers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Society and Education, and Innovation), and supervised numerous postgraduate research projects in education, developing emergent and pioneering practices in the area of future studies and education. He has also been a lecturer in Responsible Communication in the area of Social Responsibility at the Open University of Catalonia.

His commitment to the integration of innovative futures thinking methods in education through participatory approaches aims at the transformation of communities. This is reflected in various key projects he has developed and the related publications. He also worked as a secondary school teacher, and within this context served as well in VET and was also contracted in the education of disadvantaged students and youth at risk. Manuel has collaborated for almost two years with United Nations (UNFCCC) on futures thinking for resilience in the context of climate change.