Dr Joana Almeida
Head of People and Culture
Ever since I can remember my own thoughts, I have been curious about the works of natural things. “Where does food go when I swallow it?” became, in the span of 20-something years, “How do greenhouse gases affect the climate?”.
That’s why I studied science – I started out at the NOVA University in Lisbon where I completed a BSc (hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, followed by an MSc in Energy and Bioenergy. I also hold a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from KU Leuven University, Belgium.
I work in sustainability because I can use science to help business, citizens and government in making decisions that are better for the planet.
I came to Edge as a Life Cycle Assessment analyst. I work with the entire team and across all sectors to do research and develop footprinting studies, social hotspot analysis, environmental credentials, Science-Based Targets, LCAs for Green Star and ISCA, sustainable products and strategies.
I’m a goner for clients who are empathetic and committed to solving an environmental or social issue, big or small. Edge helps them with their idea, which is often simple, sometimes disruptive and always hard work. I was fortunate to develop projects in life cycle assessment and the Sustainable Development Goals framework for AWJ Civil, KeepCup, Innowood and Re>Pal.
I also enjoy all projects that involve research or developing tailored solutions, such as IT tools. It will always be rewarding to start with a question and end up with knowledge and the means to operationalise it. Some examples:
- Working with Horticulture Innovation Australia to research the triple-bottom-line benefits of green infrastructure and engage important stakeholders across the country on how to increase adoption.
- Developing a life cycle assessment tool for Transport of New South Wales to help guide sustainability considerations in the Transport Access Program, which will be rolling out across train stations in the state.
- Our work with Green Industries South Australia on disposable food packaging and developing a multi-criteria analysis tool to support procurement decisions.
In my spare time, I read, write, cook, hike, do yoga and am often near at the sea, paddling or swimming. I also travel every chance that I get. My ultimate relaxation technique is birdwatching.