Full Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon. She was Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of FCT NOVA (2006-09) and director of CENSE – Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (2007-13). Paula has a PhD in environmental engineering and considerable experience in developing interdisciplinary research and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams. She teaches environmental management, sustainability science and ecological economics topics at MSc and PhD level at NOVA. Her research focuses in mapping and assessment of ecosystem services, circular economy models, sustainability assessment, participatory decision-support tools and environmental policies.