Following her postgraduate studies, Marlene became an industry and academic researcher. In the past she have worked as ship designer and ship building supervisor but mainly as a project consultant. The latter gave her a fantastic opportunity to carry out applied research in a broad range of topics including smart logistics and port performance, maritime safety and security, risk management, scenario and emergency planning and occupational health for fishermen and seafarers.
Marlene has extensive experience in co-ordinating and leading international networks for research and technological development projects. Most projects were funded by the European Commission Framework Programmes (e.g. FP4, FP7, HORIZON 2020) DG EMPLOYMENT and DG MOVE.
In parallel, she is an associate researcher at the University of Cardiff's Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) and has worked as a lecturer at the Portuguese Maritime Academy (ENIDH). Since 2012, Marlene has worked as an expert reviewer for the Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering and is a member of the Reference Group expert on transportation and storage at the European Skills/Competences, Qualification and Occupations (ESCO).
Most of her skills were acquired whilst working in several countries, such as Ecuador, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Belgium, Portugal and Spain. For that reason, she highly values multiculturalism and diversity. She can communicate in English, Spanish and Portuguese.