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). Between 2016-2021 he was also a senior fellow for Energy System solutions on the United States-based Project Drawdown.
João Pedro coordinates research in the areas of sustainable energy transitions, low carbon energy systems, and related economic and policy analysis; 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 over 25 research and consultancy, European Union and national-funded projects by public and private authorities on various topics such as energy poverty, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, sustainable city districts, energy efficiency in buildings; and national and cities’ energy systems' transitions toward low carbon economies. 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. He has also been coordinating the evaluation process of the submission to the Buildings Energy Efficiency funding schemes derived from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
João is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles in high impact factor international journals, a New York Times Bestseller book (2017), multiple reports and policy briefs and delivered presentations at numerous national and international conferences as an invited speaker.
Between 2017-2022, he was on the Management Committee of EU COST Action on Energy Poverty (ENGAGER). Since January 2021, he has been part of the Coordination team of EPAH - EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub. He was one of the founders and Board Members of DERA: Drawdown Europe Research Association (2019-2022) and from APEEN – Portuguese Association for Energy Economics. Between 2018-2021 he was part of the Management Board of CENSE, where he was responsible for the cross-cutting area of "Impact on Society and Technology Transfer". He is one of the elected representatives of the Researchers on the Environmental Science and Engineering Department Council at FCT-NOVA (2020-2022).
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.