Joana is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Joana’s research explores the engagement of subnational governments and the role of courts in climate governance. She has authored over thirty peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She is currently serving as a Contributing Author for Working Group 3 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Review (IPCC AR6) writing about climate change litigation. Since 2013 she has been involved in the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate policy, legislation and litigation.


Joana was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016-2019). She holds a PhD (2014) and an MSc in Environment and Development from the LSE (2009), a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo (2007), and an BA in Law from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica (2001). She worked as the external affairs coordinator of Regions4, a network that represents subnational governments at the international level in the field of sustainable development. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked for eight years as an environmental lawyer in Brazil.

Research interests

  • Climate litigation
  • Subnational diplomacy
  • Multilevel climate and environmental governance
  • Climate change and environmental legislation

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In advance of the final judgement in the landmark Urgenda v. State of the Netherlands climate litigation case, this commentary shines the spotlight on whether human rights can serve as a basis for obliging states to reduce their emissions, and on the justifications behind the minimum 25 per cent emissions cut stipulated by the Hague District Court. Read more

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On 6 to 8 November 2018, LSE will be hosting the UK hearings of the Philippines-initiated inquiry seeking to attribute the impacts of climate change to the 'Carbon Majors' - the world’s largest fossil fuel and cement producers. This commentary provides some background to the hearings. Read more

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