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Marcus Collier

Research Fellow

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Planning and Env Policy
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162718
Email: marcus.collier@ucd.ie

Biography

Current Research
Marcus is a Senior Research Fellow and the co-ordinator of the UCD led EU FP7 
TURAS project (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability). This is a E6.8m project with 28 partners across Europe and 2 in Taiwan, which Marcus co-devised and was awarded in 2011. TURAS has developed novel strategies, and spun out three new companies to date, to enable urban planners and policy makers to tackle urgent issues such as adaptation in urban areas to the challenges of the future using novel design, collaboration and integrated and resilient policy prescriptions. In June 2012 TURAS was awarded one of five special awards in the Champions of European Research for ranking first in the Sustainable and Resilient Green Cities section of the FP7 call topic (for scoring 15/15). This award was presented by the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins (see: here). 

Marcus is also a Work Package Leader on another (E11.5m) FP7 project, OPERAs, which commenced in January 2013. This project focuses on Ecosystem Services and socioeconomic / sociocultural values. In addition to that, Marcus is a participant on a COST Action - ToBeWELL - exploring the linkages between ecosystem services, health and well-being. Marcus was short-listed for an ERC Starting Grant in 2014 and 2016, and was appointed an ERC Consolidator Grant expert, a Marie-Skłodowska Curie, and an ERA-NET Cofund panel member. He is also an external evaluator for the EC Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. All Marcus' research and employment at UCD is supported entirely through non-exchequer, external funding. See here for Marcus' TED talk on Novel Ecosystems.

Research Interests
Marcus' research interests focus on the complex and fascinating interface between social and ecological systems, and his PhD research concentrated on damaged landscapes, resilience planning and collaborative processes. This study was part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between several Universities (via the EPA funded BOGLAND Project). After several months of postdoctoral research on the same project, Marcus was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Environmental Geography where he devised and delivered several new undergraduate and post graduate modules. His main areas of expertise are in interdisciplinary research, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, social-ecological interfaces, resilience and vulnerability, landscape and restoration ecology, environmental policies, rural geography, governance and community outreach as well as writing and presentation skills. Marcus has presented at numerous national and international conferences and he has organised and delivered countless practical training courses and third level lectures. Marcus has also organised and led a large number of field trips over the last ten years.

Post Doctoral Research
Marcus began his post doctoral research in Teagasc, with funding from the EPA (STRIVE), examining the potential impacts of genetically modified crops on biodiversity and the landscape. He then continued his post doctoral research with University College Cork / Environmental Research Institute. At the Coastal and Marine Research Centre Marcus worked as a Sustainability Scientist and as a member and work package leader on several international research teams (Funded by the Marine Institute, INTERREG, ESPON and FP7). His research examined the feasibility of applying principles of sustainability science in an Ecosystems Approach (EA) to marine management. This had specific regard to sectors such as fisheries and ocean energy, and to themes such as climate adaptation, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: ERC Application Support
Year: 2001.
Title: Postgraduate Study Award: lead applicant - E5000
Year: 2002.
Title: COFORD Research Travel Award: ead applicant - E2000
Year: 2003.
Title: Open Post Graduate Scholarship Award: lead applicant - E2500
Year: 2003.
Title: COFORD Research Award: lead applicant - E10,000
Year: 2005.
Title: PhD Scholarship Award: co-applicant - E75,000
Year: 2006.
Title: PhD Masterclass Award: lead applicant - E3500
Year: 2007.
Title: Graduate Research and Innovation Award: lead applicant - E5000
Year: 2008.
Title: Post Doctoral Research Fellowship: lead applicant - E48,000
Year: 2009.
Title: ERTDI Project research funding - GMO's and Biodiversity in the Irish Landscape
Year: 2009.
Title: STRIVE Project research funding - GMO's and Biodiversity in the Irish Landscape
Year: 2009.
Title: Teaching Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: Post Doctoral Research Scholarship
Year: 2011.
Title: EPA Travel Award: lead applicant - E1000
Year: 2011.
Title: Transitioning to Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURaS): EU FP7 Project - lead applicant and consortium formation, lead scientific author - E6.8m (total) E1.4m for project leadership
Year: 2011.
Title: Ecosystem services and water research call: co-applicant - E125,000 (total)
Year: 2011.
Title: Government of Ireland New Ideas Award: co-applicant - E5,000 (total)
Year: 2012.
Title: Champions of EU Research Special Award
Year: 2012.
Title: Enterprise Ireland FP7 Travel Award: lead application - E450 awarded
Year: 2013.
Title: Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL)
Year: 2013.
Title: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (OPERAs): EU FP7 Project - Work package author and leader, co-applicant - E11.5m (total) E284,000 for WP leadership
Year: 2013.
Title: Integrating ecosystem approaches, green infrastructure and spatial planning (ECO-Plan) - E74,000 (total)

Associations

Association: Irish Peat Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Burns Bog Conservation Society, Function/Role: Honorary Member - Advisory Board
Association: Hedge Laying Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Ecological Restoration, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Association of Landscape Ecologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Landscape Insitiute, Function/Role: Member
Association: Le:Notre (EU Thematic Network in Landscape Architecture) elearning forum, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Ecological Restoration, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Association of Landscape Ecologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Observation Network for Territorial Development & Cohesion (ESPON), Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Collier, Marcus J. (2013) Green walls for clean air. [Poster Presentation], Planning for Resilient Cities and regions, Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress, Dublin , 18-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13.
Dunne, Louise, Collier, Marcus J., Feehan, John (2012) Mushroom stones in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], PECSRL - Reflection on Landscape Change: the European Perspective, Leeuwarden and Terschelling, The Netherlands , 20-AUG-12 - 24-AUG-12.
Collier, Marcus J. (2012) Do field boundary stone walls have potential as novel ecosystems?. [Oral Presentation], PECSRL - Reflection on Landscape Change: the European Perspective, Leeuwarden and Terschelling, The Netherlands , 20-AUG-12 - 24-AUG-12.
Collier, Marcus J., Nedović-Budić, Zorica, Dunne, Louise (2012) TURaS: transitioning to urban resilience and sustainability. [Oral Presentation], REAL CORP 2012, Re-mixing the City - Towards Sustainability and Resilience, Schwechat, Austria , 14-MAY-12 - 16-JUN-12.
Collier, Marcus J. (2011) Incorporating socioeconomic factors into restoration: implications from industrially harvested peatlands. [Invited Lecture], SER2011: 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico , 21-AUG-11 - 25-AUG-11.
Collier, Marcus J. (2010) CINMa: a novel biodiversity index to evaluate the ecological impacts of GM crops. [Chaired Session], Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting (IPSAM), University College Dublin , 02-JUN-10 - 04-JUN-10.
Collier, Marcus J. (2010) Attitudes and values in Irish peatland landscapes. [Chaired Session], SOFEIR, International Congress of the French Society for Irish Studies (SOFEIR), University of Nantes, France , 12-MAR-10 - 13-MAR-10.
Collier, Marcus J. (2009) Spatial planning and conflict in severely damaged landscapes. [Chaired Session], Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Cork , 14-MAY-09 - 16-MAY-09.
Collier, Marcus J., Feehan, John, Scott, Mark (2008) Social and community dimensions in cutaway peatland policy. [International Refereed Conference], 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland , 08-JUN-08 - 14-JUN-08.
Foley, Karen and Collier, Marcus J. (2008) Developing public participation techniques for determining stakeholder attitudes towards environmental issues: the use of focus groups. [International Refereed Conference], PECSRL - Landscape Identities and Development, Lisbon and Óbidos, Portugal , 01-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08.
Collier, M.J.; (2008) Industrially harvested peatlands and their afteruse: identifying landscape preferences using local stakeholders narratives. [International Refereed Conference], PECSRL - Landscape Identities and Development, Lisbon and Óbidos, Portugal , 01-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08.
Murphy, Geraldine, Collier, Marcus J. and Feehan, John (2008) Opinions of upland walkers on socio-cultural and environmental impacts on blanket bog habitats Opinions of upland walkers on socio-cultural and environmental impacts on blanket bog habitats  . [International Refereed Conference], 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland , 08-JUN-08 - 14-JUN-08.
Collier, Marcus J. and Olson, E.; (2008) The future of Burns Bog, Canada: stakeholder participation or habitat decline?. [International Refereed Conference], 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland , 08-JUN-08 - 14-JUN-08.
Collier, Marcus J. (2007) Stakeholder attitudes towards industrially harvested peatlands in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], EUGEO 2007 - First International Conference on the Geography of Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands , 20-AUG-07 - 23-AUG-07.
Collier, Marcus. J. (2007) An investigation of post-industrial peatlands as 'areas of social-ecological potential' in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], EcoSummit 2007 - Ecological Complexity and Sustainability, Beijing, China , 22-MAY-07 - 27-MAY-07.
Collier, Marcus J. (2006) Why manage open space for wildlife? . [Invited Lecture], The National Parks Biodiversity Seminar: Managing Multifunctional Open Spaces, Botanic Gardens, Dublin , 13-OCT-06 - 13-OCT-06.
Collier, Marcus J. (2006) The National Wetland Wilderness Park: developing a strategy for cutaway peatland afteruse in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 5th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, Greifswald, Germany , 21-AUG-06 - 25-AUG-08.
Collier, Marcus. J. (2006) The National Wetland Wilderness Park: a blueprint for peatland afteruse. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2006, University College Dublin, Dublin , 27-JAN-06 - 29-JAN-06.
Collier, Marcus J., Feehan, John (2005) Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2005, IT Sligo , 28-JAN-05 - 30-JAN-05.
Collier, Marcus J. (2005) The ecology of dry stone walls: a Practical Demonstration. [Invited Lecture], Stone Walls: Future in our Past, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway , 21-OCT-05 - 22-OCT-05.
Collier, Marcus J. (2005) Introduction to wildlife gardening. [Invited Lecture], World Biodiversity Day and Wildlife in the City, Dublin City Council / Environmental Focus Group , 21-MAY-05 - 21-MAY-05.
Collier, Marcus J. (2005) Re-colonisation of a hedgerow after hedgelaying: using birds nests as indicators. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2005, IT Sligo , 28-JAN-05 - 30-JAN-05.
Collier, Marcus J. (2005) An ecological evaluation of field boundary stone walls in Ireland. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], ENVIRON 2005, IT Sligo , 28-JAN-05 - 30-JAN-05.
Collier, Marcus J. (2005) Stone walls in the Burren: Oral and Practical Demonstration. [Invited Lecture], The Review of REPS and Burren Farming, Carron, Co. Clare , 10-DEC-05 - 10-DEC-04.
Collier, Marcus J., McCabe, Olive. and Farrell, E.P.; (2004) Using trees and woody shrubs to intercept excess nutrient in farm and forestry runoff. [Poster Presentation], The 7th International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, Johnstown Castle, Wexford , 17-AUG-04 - 22-AUG-04.
Collier, Marcus J. (2004) Proposal for the description and classification of wallrows in the Irish Landscape. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2004, University of Limerick , 30-JAN-04 - 01-FEB-04.
Collier, Marcus J. (2003) Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], ENVIRON 2003, NUI Galway , 08-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03.
Collier, Marcus J. (2002) Hedgelaying: an Oral and Practical Demonstration. [Invited Lecture], Ruralité, faune sauvage et développement durable: Le bocage, enjeux de territoire pour demain, Cerizay, France , 16-OCT-02 - 17-OCT-02.
Collier, M.J.; (2001) Hedgerows in Ireland: an Oral and Practical Demonstration. [Invited Lecture], Les haies en Europe : plantation, entretien, Rennes, France , 13-JUN-01 - 16-JUN-01.

Committees

Committee : Dublin City Environmental Focus Group
Committee : Canal Communities Environmental Group
Committee : GPEP Plagiarism Committee

Employment

Employer: Conservation Volunteers Ireland
Position: Community Development and Training Officer / Environmental Consultant
Employer: Self Employed
Position: Director of LAMH Services - Environmental Consultancy
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Post Doctoral Researcher
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Teaching Fellow
Employer: Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork
Position: Sustainability Scientist
Employer: Teagasc
Position: Post Doctoral researcher
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Research Fellow

Education

Year 2002 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MAgrSc Subject: Environmental Resource Management
Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject: English and Psychology
Year 1995 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H.Dip.Ed. Subject: Higher Diploma in European Environmental Conservation Management
Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

Gaeilge:
French:
English:

Consultancy

Client: Inishbofin Duach Beach Project
Client: LEADER
Client: Castle Leslie
Client: Mulraney Machair Conservation Project
Client: Westport Civic Trust
Client: Kerry Earth Education Project (KEEP)
Client: Irish Farmers Association (Burren)
Client: An Taisce
Client: Westmeath County Council
Client: South Dublin County Council
Client: National Parks & Wildlife Service
Client: Meath County Council
Client: Kerry County Council
Client: Galway City Council
Client: Fingal County Council
Client: ENFO (Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government)
Client: Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council
Client: Dublin City Council
Client: Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Outreach Activities

Marcus has worked in environmental management consultation, planning and habitat analysis; practical training; leadership skills; conflict resolution; community landscape assessment; and environmental volunteerism.
Marcus was an environmental consultant for 15 years. His expertise covered a diverse range of ecological, environmental, landscape and socio-cultural topics
Marcus devised, promoted and presented numerous land use training courses specialising in semi-natural habitat conservation, agri-environmental management, environmental governance and traditional ecological knowledge.

Journals Edited

Climate Policy: Reviewer.
Cities: Reviewer.
Proceedings Of The Royal Irish Academy: Reviewer.
Marine Policy: Reviewer.
Society And Natural Resources: Reviewer.
Global Environmental Change: Reviewer.
Community Development Journal: Reviewer.
Tearmann - The Irish Journal Of Agri-Environmental Research: Reviewer.
Ecological Engineering: Reviewer.
Irish Geography: Reviewer.
Planning Theory And Practice: Reviewer.
Landscape Research: Reviewer.
Journal Of Environmental Planning And Management: Reviewer.
Sociologia Ruralis: Journal Of The European Society For: Reviewer.
Restoration Ecology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Environmental Management: Reviewer.
Land Use Policy: Reviewer.
Ecological Economics: Reviewer.
Journal Of Rural Studies: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Marcus designed and wrote a series of environmental information posters and leaflets for ENFO (the Irish Environmental Information Office) Department of the Environment and Local Government (1999-2001)
As an environmental consultant Marcus has regularly engaged with governmental agencies, local authorities, third level institutions, environmental NGOs and the media
He has also engaged with and facilitated many local community groups, community employment projects, schools, private companies and the general public on a variety of environmental issues
He also devised, co-ordinated and delivered a highly popular ten-week public evening course in practical conservation in UCD (1995-2002)
Marcus devised, co-ordinated and delivered a series of public field boundary management courses (1998-2005) ¿ funding (ca. IR£15,000) awarded by the Irish Heritage Council
He devised, co-ordinated and delivered a series of cross border environmental leadership residential programmes, having secured funding (ca. ST£150,000) from the Ireland Fund (1998-2002)
Marcus has represented Ireland in landscape management collaborations and practical skills demonstrations in the UK, continental Europe, Canada and the US
Marcus founded and chaired a community employment environmental project, having secured c.a. IR£250,000p.a. in direct funding and ca. IR£25,000 in donations (1998-2001)

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lennon, M., Scott, M., Collier, M.J., Foley, K. (2016) 'Developing green infrastructure 'thinking': devising and applying an interactive group-based methodology for practitioners'. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 5 (59):1-23. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Collier, M.J., Devitt, C. (2016) 'Novel ecosystems: challenges and opportunities for the Anthropocene'. The Anthropocene Review, 3 (3):231-242. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Connop, S., Vandergert, P., Eisenberg, B., Collier, M.J., Nash, C., Clough, J., Newport, D. (2016) 'Renaturing cities using a regionally-focused biodiversity-led multifunctional benefits approach to urban green infrastructure'. Environmental Science and Policy, (62):99-111. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Crowe, P., Foley, K., Collier, M.J. (2016) 'Operationalizing urban resilience through a framework for adaptive co-management and design: five experiments in urban planning practice and policy'. Environmental Science and Policy, (62):112-119. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Collier, Marcus J. (2015) 'Novel ecosystems and social-ecological resilience'. Landscape Ecology, . Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Lennon, M., Scott, M., Collier, M.J. and Foley, K. (2015) 'The emergence of green infrastructure as promoting the centralisation of a landscape perspective in spatial planning'. Landscape Research, 5 (59):843-865. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Vandergert, P., Collier, M.J., Kampelmann, S. and Newport, D. (2015) 'Blending adaptive governance and institutional theory to explore urban resilience and sustainability strategies in the Rome Metropolitan Area, Italy'. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Collier, M.J. (2014) 'Novel ecosystems and the emergence of cultural ecosystem services'. Ecosystem Services, 9 :166-169. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M., Nedović-Budić, Z., Aerts, J., Connop, S., Foley, D., Foley, K., Newport, D., McQuaid, S., Slaev, A., Verburg, P. (2013) 'Transitioning to resilience and sustainability in urban communities'. Cities, . [DOI] [Details]
Collier, M.J. & Mullins, E. (2013) 'Potential for longevity of novel genetically modified herbicide-tolerant traits in the Irish landscape'. Irish Geography, 45 (2):117-130. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2013) 'Field boundary stone walls as exemplars of 'novel' ecosystems'. Landscape Research, 38 (1):141-150. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Bullock, C.H., Collier, M.J. & Convery, F.; (2012) 'Peatlands, their public good value and priorities for their future management - the example of Ireland'. Land Use Policy, 29 (4):921-928. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J. & Mullins, E. (2012) 'Assessing the potential for introgression of GM Brassica napus to wild relatives in Ireland'. Biology and Environment-Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112B (2):257-266. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2011) 'Incorporating socio-economic factors into restoration: implications from industrially harvested peatlands'. Restoration Ecology, 19 (5):559-569. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Bullock, C.H. and Collier, M.J.; (2011) 'When the public good conflicts with an apparent preference for unsustainable behaviour'. Ecological Economics, 70 :971-977. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J. and Mullins, E.; (2010) 'The CINMa index: assessing the potential impact of GM crop management across a heterogeneous landscape'. Environmental Biosafety Research, 9 (3):135-145. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M. J. and Scott, M; (2010) 'Focus group discourses in a mined landscape'. Land Use Policy, 27 (2):304-312. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M. J. and Scott, M.; (2009) 'Conflicting rationalities, knowledge and values in scarred landscapes'. Journal of Rural Studies, 25 :267-277. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J. & Scott, M.J.; (2008) 'Industrially harvested peatlands and after-use potential: Understanding local stakeholder narratives and landscape preferences'. Landscape Research, 33 :439-460. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Whelan, J., Kirwan, L. & Collier, M.; (2005) 'Farmland birds and the field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland'. Tearmann - the Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research, 4 :67-77. Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M. and Feehan, J.; (2003) 'Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland'. Tearmann - the Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research, . Link to full text [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Gölsdorf, K.; Müller, H.; Collier, M.J. (2013) Green Walls for Clean Air AESOP / ACSP 5th joint Congress Link to full text [Details]
Collier, Marcus J. (2013) Collaboration on resilience research: pathways to success from the TURAS experience Collaboration on resilience research: pathways to success from the TURAS experience Planning for Resilient Cities and regions, Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress, , 18-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13 [Details]
Collier, Marcus J. (2013) Novel ecosystems: opportunities for operationalising cultural ecosystem service provision? SER2013: 5th World Congress on Ecological Restoration Madison, Wisconsin, USA, , 06-OCT-13 - 11-OCT-13 Available Online [Details]
Collier, M.J. (2012) TURaS: Transitioning to Urban Resilience and Sustainability REAL CORP 2012, Re-mixing the City ¿ Towards Sustainability and Resilience. Schwechat, Austria, 14th-16th May Available Online [Details]
Collier, Marcus J. (2012) Do Field Boundary Stone Walls have Potential as Novel Ecosystems PECSRL 25th SESSION Leeuwarden & Terschelling 20-24 August 2012 Available Online [Details]
Dunne, Louise, Feehan, John, Collier, Marcus J. (2012) The Mushroom Stones of Ireland PECSRL, 25th SESSION, 2012 Available Online [Details]
Collier, Marcus. J. (2011) Incorporating socio-economic factors into restoration: implications from industrially harvested peatlands SER 2011: 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration - Re-establishing the Link between Nature and Culture, Mérida, Mexico, 21st-25th August, 2011 [Details]
Collier, M.J. and Mullins, E.; (2010) CINMa: a novel biodiversity index to evaluate the ecological impacts of GM crops Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting (IPSAM), University College Dublin, Dublin, 2nd-4th June, 2010 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2010) Attitudes and values in Irish peatland landscapes International Congress of the French Society for Irish Studies (SOFEIR), University of Nantes, France, 12th-13th March, 2010 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2009) Spatial planning and conflict in severely damaged landscapes Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Cork, Ireland, 14th-16th, May, 2009 [Details]
Foley, K. and Collier, M.J.; (2008) Developing public participation techniques for determining stakeholder attitudes towards environmental issues: the use of focus groups Landscape Identities and Development, Lisbon and Óbidos, Portugal, 1st-5th September, 2008 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2008) Industrially harvested peatlands and their afteruse: identifying landscape preferences using local stakeholders narratives Landscape Identities and Development, Lisbon and Óbidos, Portugal, 1st-5th September, 2008 [Details]
Collier, M.J., Feehan, J. & Scott, M.; (2008) Social and community dimensions in cutaway peatland policy . In: Farrell, C. & Feehan, J eds. After Wise Use - The Future of Peatlands: Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress - Volume 1 , pp.384-386 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Murphy, G., Collier, M.J. & Feehan, J.; (2008) Opinions of upland walkers on socio-cultural and environmental impacts on blanket bog habitats . In: Farrell, C. & Feehan, J eds. After Wise Use - The Future of Peatlands: Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress - Volume 10 , pp.548-551 [Details]
Bullock, C., Collier, M. J. & Convery, F.; (2008) Peatland after-use - issues in valuation . In: Farrell, C. & Feehan, J eds. After Wise Use - The Future of Peatlands: Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress - Volume 20 , pp.141-143 [Details]
Collier, M.J. & Olson, E.; (2008) The future of Burns Bog, Canada: stakeholder participation or habitat decline? . In: Farrell, C. & Feehan, J eds. After Wise Use - The Future of Peatlands: Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress - Volume 2 , pp.185-187 Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J. and Scott, M.; (2007) Stakeholder attitudes towards industrially harvested peatland landscapes in Ireland EUGEO 2007 - First International Conference on the Geography of Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20th-23rd August, 2007 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2007) An investigation of post-industrial peatlands as 'areas of social-ecological potential' in Ireland EcoSummit 2007 - Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Ecology, Beijing, China, 22nd-27th May, 2007 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2006) The National Wetland Wilderness Park: a blueprint for peatland afteruse ENVIRON 2006: 16th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium, University College Dublin, Dublin, 27th-29th January, 2006 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2006) Why manage open space for wildlife? The National Parks Biodiversity Seminar: Managing Multifunctional Open Spaces, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, 13th October, 2006 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2006) The National Wetland Wilderness Park: developing a strategy for cutaway peatland afteruse in Ireland The 5th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, Greifswald, Germany, 21st¿25th August, 2006 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2005) Introduction to wildlife gardening World Biodiversity Day and Wildlife in the City, Dublin City Council / Environmental Focus Group, Botanic Gardens, Dublin, 21st May, 2005 [Details]
Collier, M.J. (2005) An Ecological Evaluation of Field Boundary Stone Walls in Ireland Environ 2005: 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2005) The ecology of dry stone walls Stone Walls: Future in our Past, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, 21st-22nd October, 2005 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2005) Re-colonisation of a hedgerow after hedgelaying: using bird¿s nests as indicators ENVIRON 2005: 15th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium, IT Sligo, 28th-30th January, 2005 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2005) Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland ENVIRON 2005: 15th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium, IT Sligo, 28th-30th January, 2005 Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2004) Stone walls in the Burren The Review of REPS and Burren Farming, Carron, Co. Clare, 10th December, 2004 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; McCabe, O.; Farrel, E.P.l (2003) PNtrap Project: Using trees and woody shrubs to intercept excess nutrient in farm and forestry runoff 7th International Conference Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2002) Hedgelaying Ruralité, faune sauvage et développement durable: Le bocage, enjeux de territoire pour demain, Cerizay, France, 16th-17th October, 2002 [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2001) Hedgerows in Ireland Les haies en Europe : plantation, entretien (Hedge planting and maintenance in Europe), Rennes, France, 13th-16th June, 2001 [Details]

Published Reports

Gløersen, E., Banko, G., Borowski, D., Collier, M.J., Cordina, G., Dubois, A., Dwyer, N., Farrugia, J., Giraut, F., Kizos, T., Lexer, W., Meyer, M., Michelet, J., Price, M., Roters, J., Roto, J., Roupioz, L., Schuiling, R., Pérez Soba, M., Sohn, C., Spilanis, I., Stumm, T., Thenint, H., van Eupen, H., Vella S. & Walther, O. (2012) European Perspective on Specific Types of Territories. ESPON, Luxembourg. [Details]
Bullock, C. & Collier, M.J.; (2011) Peatlands, People and Policies - BOGLAND Report: Section 4. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. Available Online [Details]
Bullock, C. & Collier, M.J.; (2011) Protocol for the Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Ireland - BOGLAND Report: Section 5. EPA, Wexford. Available Online [Details]
Mullins E. & Collier, M.J.; (2011) Evaluating the Ecological Impacts of Cultivating Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) Oilseed Rape and Maize: ERTDI Report 2007-B-DS-1-S1. EPA, Wexford. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Mullins, E., Collier, M., O'Brien, M., Meade, C. & Spillane, C.; (2009) Predicting the Impact of Coexistence-Guided, Genetically Modified Cropping on Irish Biodiversity: ERTDI Report 2006-B-MS-46. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M. and Farrell, E.; (2007) The Environmental Impact of Planting Broadleaved Trees on Acid-Sensitive Soils. COFORD, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2004) Dublin City Environmental Directory 2004. Dublin City Council, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Collier, M.; (2003) Mapping Environmental Activity in the Dublin City Area. Dublin City Council / Environmental Focus Group, Dublin. [Details]
Collier, M.J.; (2002) Urban Biodiversity: a strategic planning assessment. Department of Environment & Local Government, Dublin. [Details]
                                                                             

Review Articles

Collier, M. J. (2003) Groves, C.R. Drafting a Conservation Blueprint: A Practitioners Guide to Planning for Biodiversity, Washington: the Nature Conservancy Press / Island Press - Book Review. Review Articles Link to full text [Details]
                               

Research

Research Interests

Sustainability Science
Transdisciplinary methodologies
Urban transitioning and transformation
Urban sustainability and smart futures
Landscape Ecology
Social-ecological theory and practice
Ecosystem Services and Functioning
People-place relationships
Post-industrial and abandoned landscapes
Ecological interfaces
Environmental geography
Governance and sustainability discourses
Urban resilience
Interdisciplinary research methods
Collaborative governance
Environmental policy

Ecosystems Approach
Novel and emerging ecosystems

Research Projects

Sponsor : International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries (INCONET EaP)
Title : Towards sustainable urban and land-use planning for South Caucasian cities: adopting a 'front-runner' and 'follower' cities approach for nature-based solutions
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-16 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Novel ecosystems and societal transitioning (NovelEco)
Start Date / End Date : 07-AUG-15 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : SC5 Information Day - 21/22 September Brussels and Consortium Building and Planning Day 24/25 Sept
Start Date / End Date : 04-AUG-15 / 03-FEB-16
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : TURas Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : ECO-Plan
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-13 / 31-MAR-14
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : (OPERAs) Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-12 / 30-NOV-17
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Enterprise Ireland ERC Support
Start Date / End Date : 27-NOV-13 / 27-SEP-14
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Travel support for FP7 application OPERA Marcus Collier
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-11 / 31-MAR-12

Recent Postgraduates

Marcus has supervised numerous MSc (GPEP and Environmental Policy) and MA Geography students - please email Marcus for more details.

Marcus is currently co-supervising two PhD candidates - Ms. Aoife Corcoran and Mr. Phillip Crowe - under the TURAS Project and an MLitt candidate, Ms. Deirdre Joyce, under the OPERAs Project.
 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Marcus believes in challenging students to produce academic output that is well researched, critically analysed and succinctly expressed, and in so doing they will be best placed to be productive in any area of employment after completing their university studies.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

Marcus believes in challenging students to produce academic output that is well researched, critically analysed and succinctly expressed, and in so doing they will be best placed to be productive in any area of employment after completing their university studies. He also believes that small group sessions are appropriate mechanisms for both discursive learning and individual assessment ¿ valuable in preparing students for work-place realities as well as for obtaining an accurate representation of the academic standing of the student.
   

Innovation & Leadership

Marcus has a track record of novel approaches to interdisciplinary teaching, assessment and community outreach and in fostering international collaborations

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Professor Zorica Nedovic-Budic
Professor Mark Scott
Professor Peter Clinch
Professor Frank Convery
Professor Ted Farrell 
Dr. Karen Foley
Dr. Craig Bullock
Dr. Louise Dunne
Dr. John Feehan
Dr. Eoin O'Neill
Dr. Florence Renou-Wilson
Dr. Raquel Cabral 
Dr. Clare Cave 
 

External Collaborators

University of East London - UK
IVM Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Institut za arhitekturu i irbanizam Srbije - Serbia
Aalborg University - Denmark
University of Stuttgart - Germany 
University of Edinburgh - UK
La Sapienza University - Italy
Institute for Sustainability - UK
Climate Alliance - Germany
European Business and innovation Network - Brussels / Ireland
Varna Free University - Bulgaria
Univerza V Ljubljani - Slovenia
Feng Chia University - Taiwan
Institut Bruxellois Pour la Gestion de l¿Environnement / Brussels Environment - Brussels
Dublin City Council - Ireland
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham - UK
Barking Riverside Ltd. - UK
Comune di Roma - Italy
Igloo Regeneration Ltd. - UK
Gemeente Rotterdam - The Netherlands
Verband Region Stuttgart - Germany
Regionalne Razvojna Agencija - Ljubljanske Urbane Regije Zavod - Slovenia
Municipality of Sofia - Bulgaria
Dermot Foley Landscape Architects Ltd. - Ireland
Bioazul - Spain
Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability - UK
Bic Lazio Spa. - Italy 
Pracsis Sprl. - Belgium
Helix Pflanzen Gmbh - Germany
SkyEyes - Taiwan 
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie - Germany
Helmholtz - Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH ¿ UFZ - Germany
Lunds Universitet - Sweden
European Forest Institute - Finland / international
Prospex bvba - Belgium
WCMC - World Conservation Monitoring Centre - United Kingdom / international
Foundation for Applied Information Technology in Environment, Agriculture and Global Changes - Romania
Institute for European Environmental Policy, London - Belgium / UK
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - France
University of Potsdam - Germany
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich - Switzerland
WWF Bulgaria - Bulgaria
WWF Bulgaria - Romania
SGM - Spain
Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa - Portugal
Ecometrica - United Kingdom
Biotope - France
Iodine SPRL - Belgium
Denkstatt Bulgaria OOD - Bulgaria
Centre for International Forestry Research - International/Indonesia
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. - Spain
University of East Anglia - United Kingdom
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg - Germany
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn - Germany