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Susana has worked in research and policy for integrated water management and territorial planning for the last 25 years. She is a senior researcher with the University of Lisbon and Adjunct Professor with The University of Western Australia.
Prior to commencing her academic career, she held positions in public administration in Portugal, which included active participation in reforms of the institutional framework of water management, a coordination role in the first National Water Plan and 15 river basin plans (1997 to 2001), and representation of Portugal in the European Operational Program URBACT II (2007-2014), where she is remains an ad-hoc expert in this program.
In 2016, Susana was invited to join the OECD Water Governance Initiative Group, and in 2017, she was elected President of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH).
Portuguese Water Resources Association
Susana is currently involved in the Portuguese Water Association (APRH) Executive Board, as President. She was elected for the biennium 2018-2020. Her activities within this role cover representing the Association in several boards, coordinating the specialized and regional Committees, and organizing the national Water Congress in 2020.
Susana is also a member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) Group, where she represents her University. In 2017/2018 she was a lead author of an article that was chosen to be part of a Special Edition of the Journal: OECD Principles on Water Governance in practice: an assessment of existing frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America. Water International, Volume 43, 2018 – Issue 1. This article was presented and discussed in a webinar organised by IWRA on February 2018. Webinars and all presentations are available on YouTube.
In 2017, Susana was invited to present at the European Parliament on the topic of re-Municipalisation of Water Services, and Public-Public Partnerships trend, at a session to discuss the reform of the Water Framework Directive. https://youtu.be/ujRR3qAvc78 – Participation | Presentation at European Parliament on the Water Framework Directive (WFD) Session.