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CENSE PhD Student Spotlight: Pedro Palma



Pedro Palma


1. Tell us about yourself

My name is Pedro Palma, I’m 28 years old and I live in Queluz. I like art very much, it is a big part of my life, especially music, literature and films. I hold a MSc. degree in Environmental Engineering, from the NOVA School of Science and Technology. I have been a researcher at CENSE since May 2017, working on topics such as building energy modelling, energy poverty vulnerability metrics and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. I am currently a PhD student in the PhD Program Environment and Sustainability.

2. What are you researching?

In my PhD research, I am developing a computational model to assess energy poverty vulnerability at different spatial and temporal scales for the current context and future scenarios.

3. What impact on society would you like your research to have?

I hope that my research can provide important insights for policymaking, at the national, regional and local scale, aiming to contribute for the design of improved and more effective policies to tackle energy poverty and ultimately increase the populations’ quality of life.

4. If you could pick one thing to change in the world, what would it be and why?

I would make housing and the necessary amount of food, energy and water for a healthy living free of charge so that people would not have to work to survive and could have the opportunity to develop their lives in all dimensions.