Walter LealProf. Walter Leal Filho has a first class degree in Biology and a doctorate in environmental science (PhD), having also completed a post-doctorate programme on environmental communication. He also has a higher doctorate (Dr. rer. nat habil.) in environmental information (DSc), a DPhil in sustainable development and holds the titles of Doctor of Letters (DL), Doctor of Literature (DLitt) and Doctor of Education (DEd) commensurate with his scientific performance and outputs translated by nearly 400 publications among books, book chapters and scientific papers.

His professional qualifications include:

  • Chartered Biologist, (CBiol)
  • Registered European Biologist (EurBiol)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Biology (FIBiol)
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Geography (FRGS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Prof Leal Filho is Director of the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainability and Climate Change Management” at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and a Professor of Environment and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, being a member of the team at School of Science and the Environment. He is also member of the Projects Complaints Mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  In 2009, he created the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP)
which is the world´s leading programme on climate change education information and communication, running many climate and sustainability events round the world. He teaches on environmental information, education, communication and management issues at various European universities. He is a honorary professor at the A I Open University, University of Blageovgrad, University of Rezekne, University of Applied Sciences Zittau-Görlitz and a visiting professor at various other universities. He has over 20 years of research experience on all aspects of environmental information and education and has a particular interest on the connections between environmental management, sustainability, climate and human behaviour.

Prof Leal Filho has over 400 publications among authored/edited books, book chapters, papers published in refereed journals and/or presented at international conferences to his credit. His field experience involves missions undertaken on behalf of various international organisations (e.g. European Union, World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, UNEP) and attendance to specialised events in the following countries:

North America (Canada, USA),
South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela)
Caribbean (Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia)
Europe (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey)
Africa (Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia)
Middle East/Asia (Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey)

He also has an extensive experience with international environmental training and has run training activities (i.e. courses, seminars, workshops) in: Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Malta, Mozambique, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Venezuela and Zambia.

Among the various research projects undertaken and completed, the following ones may be mentioned:

The above schemes had a total budget in excess of Euro 60 million.

Among the many awards he has received, it can be mentioned the 1999 “Leading Editor of the Year Award” and the 2000 “Editor of the Year Award”, by MCB University Press, the “Eco-Citizen Award” (2001) in Rio de Janeiro and the Aurelio Giuseppe Prize awarded by the Italian Council of Ministers for his environmental work. Moreover, he was awarded the “Golden Page Award” (April 2003) in London for his editorial work and the North Sea Star Award (2006) by the EU-Interreg Secretariat for his project work in the North Sea Region.

In addition to his own research, Prof Leal Filho has been acting as a supervisor of several academic theses (Masters and Doctorate), as well as postdoctorate programmes on the subjects of environmental management, climate change, sustainable development and renewable energy for students from European and developing countries.

He is also the editor of the Journals International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development and founding editor of the “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education”, the International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development and the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journals “Sustainable Design”, “Sustainable Development and World Ecology”, “International Journal of Global Environmental Issues”, “Biomedical and Environmental Sciences”, and “Environmental Awareness”. Professor Leal is also editor of the book series Climate Change Management (http://www.springer.com/series/8740) and World Sustainability Series (http://www.springer.com/series/13384).

Prof Leal Filho is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish, has a good knowledge of French and a basic knowledge of the Danish language. His leisure interests are reading, swimming, jogging, writing and Cinema.