1991 …2020

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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 and the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship. 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 March 2022 she is involved in 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)

CL929 - Client-based environmental entrepreneurship in practice                        

CL986 - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

CL961 - Geographical Information Systems

CL973 - Independent study in collaboration with industry

CL988 - Leading Issues in Circular Economy

Socio-Economics of Wind Energy Systems

Business skills applied to wind energy systems

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Master of Geography, University of North Carolina

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


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

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Challenges of decommissioning offshore wind farms: overview of the European experience

    Topham, E., Gonzalez, E., McMillan, D. & João, E., 31 May 2019, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series . 1222, 1, 9 p., 012035.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    21 Downloads (Pure)


    Creating sustainable workplaces together : employee relations practice and environmental management

    Author: Bratton, A., 16 Dec 2016

    Supervisor: Findlay, P. (Supervisor) & Joao, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Evaluating the opportunity that could be provided by underutilised non-agricultural land as a source of bioenergy

    Author: Mellor, P., 17 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Lord, R. (Supervisor) & Joao, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (External organisation)

    Elsa João (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    Impact Assessment & Design - World Cafe (IEMA’s Scotland West Network Event)

    Elsa João (Speaker)
    7 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk