CERNAS

Research Center
for Natural Resources,
Envioronment and Society

Environment and Society Research Group

The Environment & Society Research Group is headed by Dr. Carla Ferreira and brings together a group of experts on environment, ecology, chemistry, rural development, social sciences and economy to conduct innovative and forefront research.

Our common interest is to preserve natural resources and mitigate their degradation, decrease the ecological footprint of production processes, improve ecosystem services, adapt to global changes (e.g., climate change) and promote networking between the researchers and society, including industry to endorse sustainable development in the central region of Portugal and abroad.

We aim to develop avant-garde solutions for specific environmental and societal problems, and to explore sustainable solutions to optimize natural resources and human wellbeing.

Our research falls in the following areas:

  1. Ecosystem conservation and socioecological systems resilience
  2. Rural and urban development
  3. Environmental economics and policy studies
  4. Resource efficiency and cradle-to-cradle approaches
  5. Valorization of agroforestry resources and life cycle analysis (LCA)
  6. Sustainability and social responsibility

Some examples of our most recent research in each field area:

1. Ecosystem’s conservation and socioecological systems resilience

  • Soil degradation and remediation of contaminated areas
  • Water quality
  • Photodegradation of fungicides in aqueous media
  • Impact of land use changes on the ecological evolution of specific areas
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Nature-based solutions

2. Rural and urban development

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Enhancement of regional and local origin products and value chains
  • Family and urban farming
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Impact of land-use changes on soil properties and hydrological processes

3. Environmental economics and policy studies

  • Economic costs and benefits of good environmental practices for farmers
  • Waste tariffs as an economic instrument
  • Development economics
  • Economic policy analysis (e.g. support energy-climate policy)
4. Resource efficiency and cradle-to-cradle approaches
  • Biowaste treatment through different processes (e.g. composting)
  • Recycling waste to improve soil fertility
  • Nutrient fluxes in the natural environment and recovery processes
  • Combined approaches for industrial processes eco-efficiency assessment
  • Environmental, social and economic factors
5. Valorization of agroforestry resources and life cycle analysis (LCA)
  • Analysis of the adsorption potential of metals by agroforestry results
  • Chemical charactrization of waste and liquified waste in reactors
  • Development of more environmentally friendly products
  • Life cycle analysis of materials produced
6. Sustainability and social responsibility
  • Social responsibility of higher education institutions
  • Human wellbeing
A full list of our work can be found here
Adelcia Veiga

Adelcia Veiga

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-6660-4320

Ana Teresa Bernardo Guia

Ana Teresa Bernardo Guia

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-2102-0791

António Luís Pereira do Amaral

António Luís Pereira do Amaral

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-2927-6129

Carla Moura

Carla Moura

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-2610-1005

Cristina Amaro da Costa

Cristina Amaro da Costa

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-8625-2206

Elisabete Dinora Caldas de Freitas

Elisabete Dinora Caldas de Freitas

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-8235-3229

Idalina de Jesus Domingos

Idalina de Jesus Domingos

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-4308-1563

João André Evaristo de Matos Gago

João André Evaristo de Matos Gago

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-3893-5920

José Pedro Matos Nogueira Amaro

José Pedro Matos Nogueira Amaro

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9422-5961

Manuela Abelho

Manuela Abelho

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-7663-3291

Maria Elisabete Duarte Neves

Maria Elisabete Duarte Neves

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-6250-1113

Maria Nazaré Coelho Marques Pinheiro

Maria Nazaré Coelho Marques Pinheiro

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-5710-7488

Maryam Abbasi

Maryam Abbasi

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-9011-0734

Paulo Alexandre Justo Fernandez

Paulo Alexandre Justo Fernandez

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-7252-8320

Ryunosuke Kikuchi

Ryunosuke Kikuchi

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-4819-8605

Verónica Oliveira

Verónica Oliveira

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6012-920X

Álvaro Fernández Braña

Álvaro Fernández Braña

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0351-2664

Anne Karine Boulet

Anne Karine Boulet

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-6453-1535

António Massena Abrantes Ferreira

António Massena Abrantes Ferreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-5686-9192

Carla Sofia Santos Ferreira

Carla Sofia Santos Ferreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-3709-4103

Daniel Roque Gomes

Daniel Roque Gomes

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-4115-5290

Elisabete Maria da Fonseca Correia

Elisabete Maria da Fonseca Correia

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-2471-0317

Inês Amorim Leitão

Inês Amorim Leitão

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9376-2511

João Manuel Rodrigues Ferreira de Oliveira

João Manuel Rodrigues Ferreira de Oliveira

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7048-5096

José Vicente Rodrigues Ferreira

José Vicente Rodrigues Ferreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-4308-1563

Maria Adelaide Homem Perdigão Pito

Maria Adelaide Homem Perdigão Pito

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6080-7760

Maria Isabel Ribeiro Dinis

Maria Isabel Ribeiro Dinis

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-3948-3727

Maria Paula Pinto Amador

Maria Paula Pinto Amador

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-5228-205X

Miguel Ângelo Sousa Dias Ferreira da Mota

Miguel Ângelo Sousa Dias Ferreira da Mota

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0987-0358

Ricardo Filipe Carreira Ramos

Ricardo Filipe Carreira Ramos

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9841-9720

Sara Barbosa

Sara Barbosa

ORCID Number: 00-0002-7826-9216

Vitor Manuel Batista de Moura Carvalho

Vitor Manuel Batista de Moura Carvalho

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-1449-5887

Ana Bela Lopes

Ana Bela Lopes

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-3483-8077

António Canatário Duarte

António Canatário Duarte

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0319-378X

Bruno Miguel Morais Esteves

Bruno Miguel Morais Esteves

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6660-3128

Célia Dias Ferreira

Célia Dias Ferreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7456-2538

Daniela Santos

Daniela Santos

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-5466-752X

Frederico Miguel Santos

Frederico Miguel Santos

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-4061-9786

Isabel Cristina Castanheira e Silva

Isabel Cristina Castanheira e Silva

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9300-9757

Joaquim Sande Silva

Joaquim Sande Silva

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6604-6878

Luís Cláudio de Brito Brandão Guerreiro Quinta-Nova

Luís Cláudio de Brito Brandão Guerreiro Quinta-Nova

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-8464-7527

Maria Cristina Canavarro Teixeira

Maria Cristina Canavarro Teixeira

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-8534-9484

Maria Margarida Chagas Ataíde Ribeiro

Maria Margarida Chagas Ataíde Ribeiro

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-4684-1262

Maria Teresa Durães Albquerque

Maria Teresa Durães Albquerque

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-8782-6133

Natália Martins Roque

Natália Martins Roque

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-8859-4365

Rosa Isabel Marques Mendes Guilherme

Rosa Isabel Marques Mendes Guilherme

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-1174-4959

Sara Proença

Sara Proença

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-9146-3910

Vivina Almeida Carreira

Vivina Almeida Carreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0890-0877

Ana Sofia Fajardo

Ana Sofia Fajardo

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9078-6825

António José Dinis Ferreira

António José Dinis Ferreira

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-5686-9192

Carla Margarida Marques Rodrigues

Carla Margarida Marques Rodrigues

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-1505-3749

Cristiano da Silva Leal

Cristiano da Silva Leal

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0383-4727

Deolinda Maria Fonseca Alberto

Deolinda Maria Fonseca Alberto

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-6606-618X

Hélia Sofia Duarte Canas Marchante

Hélia Sofia Duarte Canas Marchante

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-3247-5663

Joana Lobo Fernandes

Joana Lobo Fernandes

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-0511-9425

José Manuel Monteiro Gonçalves

José Manuel Monteiro Gonçalves

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9422-5961

Luísa Paula Gonçalves Oliveira Valente da Cruz Lopes

Luísa Paula Gonçalves Oliveira Valente da Cruz Lopes

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6502-7202

Maria Eduarda Nogueira Rodrigues

Maria Eduarda Nogueira Rodrigues

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9842-3412

Maria Margarida da Costa Ferreira Correia de Oliveira

Maria Margarida da Costa Ferreira Correia de Oliveira

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-2491-0669

Maria Teresa Loureiro dos Santos

Maria Teresa Loureiro dos Santos

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-8976-6691

Olga Manuela Simão Filipe

Olga Manuela Simão Filipe

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-7209-5289

Rosinda Leonor dos Santos Pato

Rosinda Leonor dos Santos Pato

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-2241-8921

Sara Rute Monteiro da Silva e Sousa

Sara Rute Monteiro da Silva e Sousa

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7489-7792

Environment and Society Team
Environment and Society Team