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Dr Diarmuid Torney

Law and Government

Name: Dr Diarmuid Torney
Department: Law and Government
Role: Government
Phone Number: 01 700 6468
Email Address: diarmuid.torney@dcu.ie
Room: C220
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Biographical Details

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Law and Government at DCU. I hold an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as BA and MA degrees from University College Dublin.

My research focuses on comparative and global politics of climate change, environment, and energy, particularly in Ireland, the European Union, China, and India. I am Principal Investigator on two research projects 
funded by the Irish Environmental Protection AgencyIrish Climate Policy Evaluation and Citizens' Climate.

I am 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). My research has also appeared in leading international peer reviewed academic journals, including Energy Policy, Environmental PoliticsGlobal Environmental Politics, and Journal of Common Market Studies.

I was involved in the establishment of DCU’s new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society. I teach courses on the politics of climate change and environment, public policy, and international relations theories at undergraduate and Master’s level.

In 2017 I served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Citizens’ Assembly for its consideration of the topic “How the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change”. I am also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project.

Previous positions 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. I have 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).

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