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Dr Luis Torres-Retamal

BSc (Hons) (University of Talca), MSc (University of Barcelona), Diploma (University of Zaragoza), PhD (The University of Nottingham), Diploma (Latin American Centre for Human Rights), Certificate ( Harvard University), Certificate (Chartered Banker Institute)
Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour, Business & Society

Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Centre/Institute: WEORG
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9514023
Location: C31 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Luis has over 14 years of experience working in industry and academic settings in Chile, Spain, China, and the UK. His career evolved from being a human resources management practitioner to becoming a corporate responsibility and sustainability professional. His interest in business responsibility started early in my career when he applied responsible management principles to recruitment and selection as the head of the unit in a multinational company. Then, it continued during his master's degree as he explored corporate social responsibility (CSR) in his dissertation. During that period, he also worked for the Port of Barcelona and then remained as an external advisor in sustainability issues. His expertise further consolidated with his doctoral (PhD) research which also focused on CSR, but from a broader perspective to include development economics and management theory. This work resulted in collaborations with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Latin American and the Caribbean Office, as well as journal papers, and book chapters.

Luis' expertise lies in the intersection between business and society and, more recently, the application of advanced data science tools to sustainability. More specifically, his research takes a theoretically rigorous, data-driven and policy relevant approach to explore key sustainability issues including labour inequalities and human rights, as well as sustainability regulation. Key themes in his research are corporate social responsibility, regulatory compliance, sustainable business models, human rights, and labour inequalities. He uses advanced data science tools to assess risks and impacts as well as design accessible visualizations for public benefit.

As part of his interest in applied data science for social sustainability, he has worked on UKRI funded research projects around labour inequalities during the covid-19 pandemic and, currently, on measuring underemployment. His interest in sustainability regulation is a common theme in his research since his PhD and, more recently, in the implementation of a feasibility project around regulatory enablers of sustainable business models innovation in the UK flat glass industry. He also participated in the committee that developed the British standard on modern slavery which was published in later 2022 and it is now being submitted for an ISO standard.

Luis' focus has progressively evolved towards integrating data science tools and techniques into sustainability research. He is currently putting special focus on using large datasets, developing accessible visualizations, and applying advance data science methods such as machine learning (ML) for social good. He holds a professional certificate in data science, he is an accredited researchers under the UK Digital Economy Act, and he has training in research software engineering.

Areas of Expertise
A data-driven and policy relevant approach to explore key sustainability issues including labour inequalities and human rights, as well as sustainability regulation. Key themes in his research are corporate social responsibility, regulatory compliance, sustainable business models, human rights, and labour inequalities.


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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Luis has taught in the following modules:
- Business ethics and sustainability (UG)
- Strategies for corporate social responsibility (PG)
- Leading Change and Managing Risk (MBA)
- Managing Business Compliance (UG).

Luis is module convenor of the following module(s):


Leadership and Change Management (BUSI4106)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Luis is currently interested in projects promoting greater responsible business conduct through environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, insights and analytics.

Luis is the principal investigator on the following research project:

'Enabling business models innovation for sustainability in the UK glass sector' funded by the UKRI-ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network+. This research will provide a comprehensive understanding of policy interventions needed to enable business model innovation for sustainability, and in particular circular economy, in the glass sector in the UK. We ask two questions: what new policy interventions and/or policy mix are needed to enable sustainable business model innovation in this sector? How does the role of the local and national government need to evolve to facilitate this transformation?

Luis is a co-investigator on the following research project:

'A sociological investigation of underemployment and the lived experiences of underemployed workers' (funded by the ESRC). The project addresses an important social issue: the increase in underemployed, vulnerable workers resulting from industrial changes, recessions, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Workers who are underemployed work below their potential or preference in terms of hours, wages and/or skills.

Luis was a co-investigator on the research project:

'How is COVID-19 impacting women and men's working lives in the UK?'
Joint with Professor Tracey Warren and the UK Women's Budget Group, this project examined the social impacts of Covid-19 on the UKs labour force through a gendered lens to better understand gender inequalities in working lives in the UK. It was funded by Health Data Research UK, as part of the rapid funding call to use and enrich the data within the Data & Connectivity National Core Study capability.

Luis is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • Underemployment from a Sociological Perspective

Luis is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Miguel Munoz
Rabeya Rahaman
University Administrative Roles
Scientific Director, 3DI: Data Driven Discovery Initiative

School Administrative Roles
Director of Executive MBA Programmes
Director of Executive Healthcare MBA

School Committee Memberships
Research Ethics Committee (NUBS REC) 2021 Ethics Reviewer and Committee Member


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