Joana Portugal Pereira is a UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sustainable Urban Futures Programme. Her research interest is related to the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of mitigation strategies to reduce the global and local environmental impacts of the road transport sector in urban areas. Her research is particularly focused on assessing potential environmental and economic co-benefits of introducing alternative fuels (conventional and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, FT-diesel, HVO diesel, and hydrogen), and advanced powertrain technologies (electric, hybrid, plug-in and flexible fuel vehicles) in on-road Light Passenger Vehicle fleets. Recently, Portugal Pereira developed numerical models based on Life Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit analysis methodologies.
Prior to joining UNU-IAS, she developed consulting and research work on sustainable mobility, low carbon transportation technologies and sustainable energy systems in the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBi), Japan, and in the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IDMEC), Portugal. She holds vast international experience on environmental sustainability issues in EU countries, Brazil, India, Thailand, China and Japan.
A Portuguese national, Portugal Pereira holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering with specialization in bioenergy from the Technical University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo.