João Pedro Gouveia is an environmental engineer with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies focused on Sustainable Energy Systems, from NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal. He is an Invited Auxiliary Researcher and Project Manager at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE). He is also a senior fellow for Energy System solutions on the United States-based Project Drawdown.
João Pedro works in the areas of sustainable energy transitions, low carbon energy systems, and related economic and policy analysis; renewable energy technologies, smart and sustainable cities; climate mitigation and adaptation strategies; buildings energy efficiency; energy poverty and thermal comfort mapping and smart meters data mining.
He has worked in 8 European Union-funded research projects, 1 USA based, and 10 nationally funded by Portuguese public and private authorities on various topics such as energy poverty, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, sustainable city districts, energy efficiency in buildings; national and cities’ energy systems' transitions toward low carbon economies; and CO2 carbon capture, transport and storage. João has also worked on several policy support studies for the Portuguese Ministry of Environment and Economy on climate change, low carbon pathways, and renewable energy technology assessment that resulted in national policy documents.
João is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles in high impact factor journals, a New York Times Bestseller book (2017), multiple reports and policy briefs and delivered presentations on numerous national and international conferences.
Since 2017, he is on the Management Committee of EU COST Action on Energy Poverty (ENGAGER), and since January 2021 he is part of the Coordination team of EPAH - EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub. He is one of the founders and Board Member of DERA: Drawdown Europe Research Association (2019). He is part of the Management Board of CENSE, where he is responsible for the cross-cutting area of "Impact on Society and Technology Transfer". He has also been elected as a representative of the Researchers on the Environmental Science and Engineering Department Council at FCT-NOVA (2020).
Before his PhD, he completed his Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, where he also completed his Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering Sciences. His master thesis topic was White Certificates - Analysis and Contributes for Portugal.