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Personal Statement

Dr João is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and she is the course leader for the MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. She has expertise in the areas of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), enhancement of positive impacts, sustainability, bioeconomy and the circular economy. Her current research focuses on how enhancement can improve project design and strategic planning and how best to implement the circular economy. She set up the first postgraduate class on the Circular Economy at the University of Strathclyde.

Between April 2019 and June 2022 she created teaching materials on bioeconomy, circular economy and sustainability for the H2020 Project BE-Rural on "Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU" (https://be-rural.eu).

Dr João has been one of the key people promoting SEA in the UK and since 2002 she has trained more than 500 practitioners on SEA from more than 60 different organisations. She was elected one of the directors of the prestigious International Association for Impact Assessment for the period 2014-2017. IAIA (http://www.iaia.org/) is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. A truly international association, IAIA has more than 1,600 members from more than 120 countries. 

Teaching Interests

EV939 - Environmental Impact Assessment

CL936 - Writing and Presenting Research (for PhD students)                        

CL986 - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

CL973 - Independent study in collaboration with industry

Socio-Economics of Wind Energy Systems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Causes and consequences of map generalisation, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Master of Geography, University of North Carolina

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

Bachelor of Engineering, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985


  • Environmental enhancement
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Climate Change
  • Uncertainty
  • Circular Economy


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