Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Diarmuid Torney
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

I am an Associate 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. 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, Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

I was central to the establishment of, and teach courses on, DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society. I welcome applications from prospective research students interested in comparative or global environmental politics.

I am the chair of Future Earth Ireland, the national committee convened by the Royal Irish Academy of Future Earth, a 10-year global research initiative to develop knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environment change. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, the academic advisory member on the Steering Committee of Coalition 2030, and a member of the Expert Working Group on Sustainability of Chartered Accountants Ireland. 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 Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project.

Research interests

Global climate and energy policy; Climate politics and policies of the European Union, China, and India; EU-Asia relations.

I welcome applications from prospective research students interested in comparative or global environmental politics.