Darren Clarke


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Darren Clarke is an Environmental Geographer whose research spans topics including Global Environmental Change, Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Governance, Adaptation, Social Vulnerability and Environmental Psychology. He has experience in teaching both physical and human geography modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is the current Chair of the BA in Climate & Environmental Sustainability programme.

His research focuses on the dynamics of adaptation as a social and governance issue and how transformation of vulnerable communities can be facilitated in adapting to external shocks, with a particular emphasis on understanding climate change/environmental change and its impacts on social behaviour and actions. His research to-date has focused on transformative change, which is recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a crucial strategy if societies are to respond to climate change in a sustainable and equitable manner.

His interests are therefore at the forefront of global environmental change discussions. Moreover, given the diversity of fields which his research addresses, it is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Thaler, T., Attems, M.S., Bonnefond, M., Clarke, D., Gatien-Tournat, A., Gralepois, M., Fournier, M., Murphy, C., Rauter, M., Papathoma-Köhle, M. and Servain, S. (2019) 'Drivers and barriers of adaptation initiatives: How societal transformation affects natural hazard management and risk mitigation in Europe'. Science of the Total Environment, (650):1073-1082.
2018 Clarke, D., Murphy, C. and Lorenzoni, I. (2018) 'Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation'. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55 :81-89.
2014 Robinson, D., Boyle, G., Feighan, J., Soraghan, C., Dominguez-Villoria, L., Clarke, D., Rigby, J., Lindau, S. and Kenny, R.A. (2014) 'Mapping health services to meet the needs of an ageing community: The Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP)'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, :S300-S301.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2016 Clarke, D., Murphy, C. and Lorenzoni, (2016) 'Barriers to transformative adaptation: Responses to flood risk in Ireland' .

Published Report

Year Publication
2021 Clarke, D. (2021) Local Government Climate Action Key Performance Indicators Literature Review. Local Government Management Agency, . [Link]
2020 Clarke, D. and O’Donoghue-Hynes, B. (2020) A Profile of Local Government Climate Actions in Ireland. Dublin: Local Government Management Agency. .


Year Publication
2020 Clarke, D. (2020) Local authorities to lead in change. Local Authority Times, 23(1), 16-18. REPORT
2019 Clarke, D. and Murphy, C. (2019) (2019) Challenges of Transformative Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from Flood Risk Management. Wexford: Environmental Protection Agency. REPORT
2019 Clarke, D. (2019) The climate challenge: Local government climate change research due for publication. Local Authority Times, 22(364), 10-11. REPORT
2016 Clarke, D. and Murphy, C. (2016) Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation. Work package 2 deliverable: Ireland Country Report. Wexford: Environmental Protection Agency, p.1-84. REPORT
2015 Gatien-Tournat, A., Gralepois, M., Bonnefond, M., Fournier, M., Servain-Courant, S., Clarke, D., Driessen, P., Fuchs, S., Hegger, D., Mees, H., Murphy, C. and Thaler, T. (2015) Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation. Work package 1 deliverable: Framework for evaluation. JPI Climate, p.1-140. REPORT
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Enterprise Engagement

Year Engagement Type Client Description
2021 Consultancy Local Government Management Agency Development of climate action Key Performance Indicators for the Irish local government sector
2022 Consultancy Local Government Updated review of climate action Key Performance Indicators for the Irish local government sector


Title Year Type Authors
Irish temperature records will be broken in the coming years because we're in a climate crisis 2021 Newspaper article (online) Clarke, D.
Why our current thinking around climate action is obsolete 2021 Newspaper article (online) Clarke, D.

Research Interests

Climate change policy and governance Environmental psychology Transformative change Flood risk management Climate change and society Transport sustainability

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Irish Local Government Climate Action Key Performance Indicators Project DCU PI 01/04/2021 14/05/2021
Local Authority Climate Action KPI Literature Review Update 2022 DCU PI 01/06/2022 30/09/2022

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Fox ,Erica PhD-track Supervisor
Chikwaza ,David PhD-track Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Global Environmental Change

Climate Change


Environmental Policy and Governance 

Geographical Information Systems

Environmental Psychology

Geographical fieldwork

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022-23 Sustainable cities GY112
2022-23 Introduction to sustainability GY111
2022-23 Sustainable food security GY242
2022-23 Climate change: The physical science basis GY502
2022-23 Climate change: Causes and consequences GY218