Dr. Diarmuid Torney is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He holds an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as BA and MA degrees from University College Dublin.
His research focuses on comparative and global politics of climate change, environment, and energy, particularly in Ireland, the European Union, China, and India. He is author of “European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India” (MIT Press, 2015) and co-editor of “European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders” (Palgrave, 2018). His research has also appeared in leading international peer reviewed academic journals, including Energy Policy, Global Environmental Politics, and Journal of Common Market Studies.
He teaches courses on DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society, as well as on public policy and international relations theories at undergraduate and Master’s level. In 2017 he served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to Ireland’s Citizens’ Assembly for its consideration of the topic “How the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change”.
Previous positions include include postdoctoral fellowships at Chatham House, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the Freie Universität Berlin, and stagiaire at third secretary level in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. He has also held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (Geneva), the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (Beijing), and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (Delhi).