Sónia Cunha concluded her Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems within the MIT Portugal Program in 2022. The Ph.D. was developed at Instituto Superior Teécnico in Lisbon and at NTNU in Trondheim. She has a background in Mechanical Engineering, having finished her master in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from Instituto Superior Técnico. Sónia is working as a researcher at IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, furthering the work from her Ph.D.
Sónia’s Ph.D. project focused on the relation between the socioeconomic metabolism of nations and economic development. Sónia also has experience working with building energy simulation and contributed to the H2020 Sharing Cities project. Sónia has programming skills and an appreciation for data visualization. During her Ph.D. Sónia has become very familiar with Input-Output tables and Material Flow accounting. Currently, Sónia is focusing on developing a model to take her Ph.D. work to the urban level and on furthering the understanding of the critical factors that impact the socioeconomic metabolism of European countries.