Advisory Board

The role of the advisory board is to guide the research agenda of the Centre, to mentor the director and co-directors, to assist in the development of research networks, and to advise centre management and members. The board will receive the report of the Centre director twice a year.

Professor Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).

Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change. Between 2014 and 2019, she held a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant – Low-Carbon Lifestyles & Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) – and since 2019 holds an ERC Consolidator Grant – Understanding and leveraging ‘moments of change’ for pro-environmental behaviour shifts (MOCHA). She is also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Working Group II; and regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication.

Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh

David Holmes is Founder and Director of the Climate Change Communication Research Hub and is based in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University in Australia. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Edward Elgar Handbook in Communicating Climate Change.

David also conducts extensive field research into audience views of climate change beliefs, literacy and behaviour response. Having authored the first ever chapter on the sociology of climate change in an Australian sociology textbook (Holmes D, Hughes K and Julian R, (2015) Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th edition), David is committed to inter-disciplinary responses to climate change. In Marrakech 2016 he was co-Head of Monash’s UNFCCC Delegation to COP22 and an accredited journalist reporting on the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) for The Conversation in 2015. David was columnist for The Conversation from 2013 to 2018 with a column called 'Changing Climates: communicating the relationship between political climates, media power and climate change, publishing over 90 articles in that time. His articles have also appeared in SBS online, Business Spectator (The Australian), Reneweconomy, Independent Australia, CNN, and Monash Lens.

Prof. David Holmes

Prof. Murphy (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. He is the former chair of the Department of Media Studies and Production in the Klein College and former chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Murphy has served as a visiting professor in the School of Communication and Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico. Additionally, he was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellow in Mexico, served as a delegate for the Latin America team of the American Documentary Showcase series, and taught as a visiting professor for the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. His research interests include global media, media and the environment, documentary media, ethnographic method, and Latin American media and cultural theory. Among a long list of publications, Murphy is author of The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses (University of Illinois Press, 2017), winner of International Communication Association, Global Communication and Social Change Division’s Best Book Award, 2018.

Prof. Patrick Murphy

Dr. Moore primarily works on climate and sustainable development projects in NESC, most recently on a just transition, sustainable recovery from Covid-19 and climate policy. Previous Council work has examined the social and behavioural aspects of climate change, circular economy, and environmental policy integration, community engagement in wind energy and the role and future of environmental data.

She has also worked on quality and standards in disability services for NESC. As part of her role, she has contributed to Council Reports, represented NESC on advisory committees, addressed conferences and policy forums and presented to Oireachtas Committees on climate change. Her PhD in Environmental Psychology, from the University of Liverpool, focused on homelessness and the meaning of home.

Dr. Jeanne Moore

Dr. Carton is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy in Dublin City University and is co-founder of Hydrogen Ireland Association and Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. Dr Carton is a member of the World Energy Council’s Hydrogen Global initiative and is Hydrogen Taskforce Expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE).

He has over 20 years’ experience in hydrogen technologies while also focusing on energy sustainability through innovative technology development with industry; techno-economic modelling, hydrogen for mobility, Power-to-Gas, Power-to-X and renewable energy storage. Recently Dr Carton was awarded funding from Science Foundation Ireland to investigate the role of hydrogen to support renewable energy storage and has also been awarded EU project funding for HySkills to inform and up-skill technicians and first responders about hydrogen technology to allow our workforce and economy to take advantage of the opportunities Ireland has to develop cleaner, greener technologies in the fight against climate change.

Dr. James Carton

Laura is a Partner in the Irish firm’s Risk and Regulation team, within the Risk Advisory Department, specialising in Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Culture in financial services. She began her career in the funds sector more than 20 years ago and has held roles in investor services and compliance in INVESCO, PFPC and BNP Paribas Securities Services.

She holds a Degree in Law from the Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Compliance from the Institute of Bankers. Laura currently chairs the Irishfunds Operational Steering Group, with responsibility for coordinating the efforts of 8 working groups – AML, Transfer Agency, Regulatory Reporting, Legal, Depository, Financial Reporting, Heads of Operations and Internal Audit. She is committed to Irishfunds and its members, and the leading role that Ireland plays in the sector globally.

Laura Wadding

Ali is a sustainability and climate adviser, lecturer, and PhD candidate. A committed sustainability advocate, she has worked as a sustainability practitioner across the private, public and NGO sectors in Ireland as well as the UK and Netherlands, providing expertise including net zero strategy development, policy support, natural capital solutions, circular design, reporting, stakeholder engagement, climate risk analysis, and sustainability communications. Ali has held a range of sustainability roles including at IKEA, Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board), PepsiCo, and the Sustainability Agricultural Initiative.

Ali lectures and design modules for a number of universities in Ireland, sits on a wide range of sustainability working groups, and is a frequent speaker, panel member and media contributor. She holds MSc Business Sustainability (UCD Smurfit School), MSc Management for Sustainable Development (DCU), and a BSc Environmental Management (TU Dublin). In 2020 she embarked on a PhD focusing on sustainability leadership, and closing the gap between intent and implementation, at Maynooth University School of Business.

Ali Sheridan

Matt is environment correspondent for BBC News, and is an award winning journalist with considerable experience of working in broadcast and online media. Skilled in writing, broadcast journalism, media production, and social media, Matt has a broad, detailed knowledge of environmental issues, especially climate change.

He is the first international winner of the BBVA Biophilia Award and is also a former Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in America.

Matt McGrath