Fermín Rodríguez Gutiérrez is Professor in Regional Geographical Analysis at the University of Oviedo, Spain, with a Diploma in Labor Relations, Defense Studies, Urban Planning and Land Planning. He is the Director of the University Services Center of Avilés and President and founder (1996) of the CeCodet (Center of Cooperation and Territorial Development) at the University of Oviedo, in which he is a Principal Investigator.
He is promoter and CEO of the UIM (University Itinerant of the Sea), platform of cooperation for training on matters of the sea and projects' logic, created in 2006 by the universities of Oviedo, Porto and Escola Naval de Lisboa. He is boarded director of 17 of the UIM courses, winner of the Sail Training Organisation of the Year, 2011 (Large Vessels), a prize given by STIA, and promoter of Aufemar in 2013 and 2014 (Avilés). He was director of the Master's in Local Development at the University of Oviedo (1992-2010), the first in Europe, dedicated to the training of project managers in territorial development, and also directed the Master's in Urban Management and Territorial Planning (2003-2008).
He was Deputy CEO (1999-2004) and CEO (2004-2010) of Eurexcter (Territorial Excellence in Europe), a French association made up of universities, cities, social organizations and companies from five countries, dedicated to the research and promotion of the European social model. He has also served as President of Ric-CeCodet (Ibero-American Network of Cooperation and Territorial Development Centers) based across three centres at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and one at the Univerity of the Atlantic, Colombia.
Fermín has directed studies of territorial analysis and applied research projects to issues of urban planning and land management in several countries and dozens of doctoral theses, concentrating his research efforts in the formulation of a theory on the intervention of social agents in territorial development through the logic of the project, which has led him to work on strategic planning, theory of capabilities and team leadership. He has published 35 books and 150 articles, and edited the Local Development Collection of books published by Trea Editors.
He is an invited professor at universities in North and Central America and in Europe. He participates in the Expert Meeting Group, UN-Habitat, and is full member of a study group on Local Development, 1999 (IGU); evaluator of Aneca and Acsug (Spain); member of the scientific committee at the University of Padua, Italy; and is distinguished by the Geographers Union of Spain and Naval Cross of 1st class of Portugal.