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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:
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 an 18-month project evaluating Ireland’s policy response to climate change since 1996, funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency.

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 PolicyGlobal Environmental Politics, and Journal of Common Market Studies.

I am director 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 a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee, and a member of Future Earth Ireland, the transdisciplinary national working group of Future Earth, a ten-year global research initiative to develop knowledge for responding effectively to global environment 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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