Associated Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA SST)
Coordinator of MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (Polo da NOVA)
Graça holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (social systems), a MSc in Sanitary Engineering and a BSc in Environmental Engineering, all at FCT NOVA.
She was Vice-Dean of FCT NOVA (2011-2018), Student Ombudsman of NOVA (2018-2021), and member of the following Advisory Board: Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (CAPERSU); The Regulatory Authority for Water and Waste Services (ERSAR); Environment and Sustainability Board of EDP — Energias de Portugal, SA; Scientific Commission of Sociedade Ponto Verde (SPV).
Currently holds the following positions: member of the board of the research center MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences; member of the Advisory Board of Portuguese Environment Agency (CAGER); member of the Advisory Council of the Lisbon City Council for the Prevention and Reduction of Waste; coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Portuguese Pact for Plastics; coordinator of the National Waste Management Plan (PNGR 2020-2025); coordinator of the Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2020-30).
Her teaching and research fields are: planning and policy instruments for management of waste, special waste streams management, waste collection systems, mechanical processing and material recycling, waste management models for the circular economy and social psychology applied to behaviours towards waste. It is in these areas that she supervises master’s dissertations and doctoral theses and coordinates as an investigator responsible for several research and development projects.
She is the author of several scientific articles and co-author of the well-known books “Practical Manual for Waste Management” (Verlag Dashöfer Professional Editions) and “Waste Management” (Open University), widely used by university students and waste sector professionals, and the book “Sustainable Solid Waste Collection and Management” (Springer International Publishing), awarded the 1st prize from the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the ISWA Publication Award 2019.