Hoje Macau interview


Assistant Professor João Simões recently gave an interview to the Portuguese-language daily newspaper, Hoje Macau. In the interview, he discussed his doctoral research on energy transitions in Portuguese-speaking small island developing states, specifically focusing on Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, and Timor-Leste. The three countries show significant differences in their development stages, with Cabo Verde leading in several economic indicators, and the transition to renewable energy in these countries is heavily reliant on international cooperation. Small island developing states face unique challenges, such as isolation and high energy costs. These nations also bear the burden of structural issues like poverty and a lack of human resources. Despite these constraints, the research has demonstrated the importance of transitioning to sustainable energies, as it can improve local communities' access to electricity, healthcare, and education, and promote gender equality.


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