Susana Neto is a Portuguese citizen born in Angola (Western Africa), and has worked in research and policy for integrated water management, water governance, and territorial planning for the last 25 years with more than 100 scientific articles and titles published and presented in all continents.
A Senior Researcher with the University of Lisbon, Adjunct Professor with The University of Western Australia, Dr. Neto holds a degree in Civil Engineer, MSc and PhD with the Technical University of Lisbon. Her career in Public Administration in Portugal has 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 Programme URBACT II (2007-2014), being currently Ad-hoc Expert in this Program.
Between 2010 and 2012, Susana co-developed an innovative learning methodology, delivering yearly short master level courses in several countries since then: in Portugal (for the Erasmus Mundus in Eco Hydrology at the University of Algarve, from 2010 to 2014); in Australia (for the International Master in Integrated Water Management | IWC, at The University of Western Australia, from 2012 onward); in Germany (for the Master of Science Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering, at the University of Darmstadt, from 2016 onward); in the Netherlands (for UNESCO Centre in Delft, in 2017). In 2018 she co-delivered a short course on Transboundary Water Governance, for ICE WaRM, in Sydney. Susana is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the New Water Police and Practice Journal (launched in 2014 under sponsorship of Policy Studies Organization, Washington D.C.). In 2016 she was invited to join the OECD Water Governance Initiative Group. In 2018 Susana was elected President of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH).