Joana has a joint Major Bachelor degree in Politics and International Relations at Sussex University, England. She did her Masters in Environment, Development and Policy at the same University. Returning to her home country, Brazil, Joana did her PhD in Environment and Society at the State University of Campinas, Brazil. After spending time at Gottingen University, Germany, and at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, she moved to Rhodes University to work as a postdoc at the Department of Environmental Science. Her passion is bringing to light the political dimensions of environment and development issues.