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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 Dublin City University. I hold an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. My research focuses on climate change politics, policy, and governance. I am co-director of the DCU Centre for Climate and Society and a lead author on Ireland’s first Five Year Assessment Report on climate change, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency and due for publication in spring 2023. I am programme chair of DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and SocietyI welcome applications from prospective research students interested in climate change politics and governance at national, European, and global levels. 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 Internal Steering Group of the All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. I am also 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

Climate change politics, policy, and governance at national, European, and global levels. I have particular interests in governance frameworks to enable transformative climate action, including deliberative democracy and framework climate legislation.