Rosa Santos Coelho graduated from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), School of Agriculture in 1984 and obtained a master's degree in Hydraulics and Water Resources from Instituto Superior Técnico in 1993. Nowadays is a PhD student from the PhD Programme in Environment and Sustainability da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT NOVA). Is also a PhD student member of CENSE (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research).
Since 1986, has been teaching at the Escola Superior Agrária de Santarém (ESAS / IPS). Participates in ESAS I&D programmes. Between 1990 and 1996 developed consulting work at Water Resources and Environmental issues.