I am an associate professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. I hold an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
My research focuses on climate change politics, policy, and governance. I am co-director of DCU’s Centre for Climate and Society and programme chair of DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society.
I am a lead author on Ireland’s first Five Year Assessment Report on climate change, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland. I am also author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India (MIT Press, 2015) and co-editor of Ireland and the Climate Crisis (Palgrave, 2020) and European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders (Palgrave, 2018). My research has been published in leading international peer reviewed academic journals.
I am the chair of Future Earth Ireland, the national committee convened by the Royal Irish Academy of Future Earth. I am an independent expert nominee to Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council, appointed by the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister). I am also a member of the Internal Steering Group of the All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network.