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CENSEUniversidade Nova de Lisboa, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research

FFCT-UNL, Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, was created by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia to host scientific research activities, technological development, training, consultancy and dissemination. CENSE is a research centre hosted in FFCT/UNL devoted to the promotion of interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences. It is the research branch of a wider organization including researchers, students and staff from the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department of FCT-UNL, plus a number of affiliated organizations (teaching and research, business and public organizations). It develops research projects, outreach initiatives, training programs, collaboration with private and public organizations, dissemination of results and science-policy dialogues. ECOMAN, Ecological Economics and Environmental Management Group, is one of the research groups composing CENSE. It is aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development, focusing in sustainability issues. This group has a strong experience in developing interdisciplinary research work, integrating environmental and socio-economic aspects. Current research topics include governance, participation and science-society interfaces; public policies for sustainable development (policy instruments); valuation of ecosystem services and sustainability assessment; ecological-economic modeling and mediated modeling. The researchers involved in this proposal, has been involved in numerous EU and national research projects. Recently finished EU projects include: ADVISOR (FP5) (coordinator); PIGS (LIFE‐ENV); FRAP (FP5) and PLEIADeS (FP6). The group has also been involved in two Marie Curie actions: GoverNat and THEMES. Recently approved FP7 projects include SCALES, CEECEC, PROSUITE and POLICYMIX. In these projects FFCT/UNL team has played a leading role, as workpackage leader and as a member of the executive committee. The activities developed in these projects are mostly related with the development of participatory approaches (namely in the design of policy instruments, modeling and multi-criteria assessment) and with the interface of research with society and policy. ECOMAN is also involved in several studies and applied projects in environmental policy and sustainability issues in close connection with Portuguese governmental, non‐governmental and private organizations.

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Persons involved

Paula Antunes Paula Antunes, PhD, Associate Professor, is the coordinator of CENSE. She currently works in ecological economics, focusing in sustainable development, environmental management, and environmental assessment and modeling. She has been a Lecturer in UNL since 1982. She has a background in environmental sciences and considerable experience in developing interdisciplinary research and coordinating multidisciplinary research teams. She is an Associate Editor of Ecological Economics and has been on the board of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) and of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). She is a member of the Portuguese Council for Sustainable Development.
Nuno Videira Nuno Videira, PhD, Assistant Professor, has been a Lecturer in UNL in environmental management and ecological economics, since 2006. His research interests focus in participatory approaches to environmental planning, assessment and management, namely participatory modeling, drawing from system dynamics and ecological economics. He has collaborated in several EU and national research projects addressing biodiversity and water management issues.

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