Imperial College London

Dr Joana Portugal Pereira

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Visiting Researcher



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Joana Portugal Pereira is a Senior Scientist at the IPCC Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change based at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London.

Her research interests focus on energy system innovations towards mitigation of global and local environmental impacts. She has a vast experience in developing environmental modelling tools to better understand the economic and environmental co-benefits of low carbon energy portfolios and to deliver policy recommendations.

She has collaborated in several international projects with industrial business and policy-maker actors and international organisations and developed work in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean regions.  

Prior to joining Imperial College, Portugal Pereira was an invited Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE-UFRJ), Brazil, in the Energy Planning Program (PPE). She has also developed work on energy and climate policy for the United Nations Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS, Japan) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBi, Japan).

Joana holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering with specialization in bioenergy (Technical University of Lisbon), and a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering (The University of Tokyo), with emphasis on LCA modelling of alternative fuels.

Joana`s research publications on Google Scholar.



Portugal-Pereira J, Koberle A, Lucena AFP, et al., 2018, Interactions between global climate change strategies and local air pollution: lessons learnt from the expansion of the power sector in Brazil, Climatic Change, Vol:148, ISSN:0165-0009, Pages:293-309

Portugal-Pereira J, Köberle AC, Soria R, et al., 2016, Overlooked impacts of electricity expansion optimisation modelling: The life cycle side of the story, Energy, Vol:115, Part 2, ISSN:0360-5442, Pages:1424-1435

Nogueira de Oliveira LP, Rodriguez Rochedo PR, Portugal-Pereira J, et al., 2016, Critical technologies for sustainable energy development in Brazil: technological foresight based on scenario modelling, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:130, ISSN:0959-6526, Pages:12-24


Santos MJ, Ferreira PMT, Araujo MT, et al., Low-carbon scenarios for the Brazilian power system, 3rd International Conference on Project Evaluation

Correia de Oliveira de Portugal Pereira J, Portugal-Pereira J, Ferreira PMT, et al., Understanding cost escalation in nuclear reactor construction projects, 3rd International Conference on Project Evaluation ICOPEV

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