Welcome to Environmental Policy


‌Established over 30 years ago, Environmental Policy at UCD has an international reputation as a centre of excellence for research and teaching.  UCD Environmental Policy comprises a research-intensive faculty group that have been central to national and international debates and policy action.

Our teaching programmes address some of the most pressing challenges facing societies and policy-makers across the globe, such as:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change and Urban Resilience
  • Energy and Transport Systems
  • Natural Resource Management

These programmes are delivered by research-active faculty, with the programme content informed by their own research projects and outputs. Click here to see the staff listing.
Alongside our colleagues in the UCD Earth Institute, UCD Environmental Policy faculty research is wide-ranging addressing key thematic areas of research including:

  • Environmental Taxes and Policy Instruments
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Smart Cities and Land Markets
  • Cost Benefit Analysis and Environmental Valuation
  • Transport and Energy
  • Economic Measures of Sustainability
  • Quality of Life, Well-being and the Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Risk Perception and Hazard Management 
  • Nature-based Solutions to Environmental Risks

The challenges associated with these research areas are highly contested, and there is a growing demand for graduates with the ability to analyse complex environmental problems, while ‘thinking critically’ about potential policy actions.
For information about the MSc Environmental Policy Masters programme click here .
For information about the undergraduate BA Planning, Geography and Environment programme (BA PGE) please click here.