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Conor Buggy

Assistant Professor In Occupational and Environmental Studies

School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

Tel: +35317163454
Email: conor.buggy@ucd.ie

Biography

I am an Environmental Scientist currently working as Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Studies and the Programme Coordinator for the Higher Diploma in Safety Health and Welfare at Work and the Programme Coordinator for the Professional Certificate in Environmental Management.  I hold a degree in Environmental Science from TCD (1997 to 2001) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from DCU (2001 to 2006).

I have always been very interested in the natural world and human interactions with it ranging from global to micro scale. In particular I am interested in how the pollution humanity generates can interact with the public to our own detriment through various environmental pathways. In 1999 I travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesa as part of an expedition from TCD. While there I studied the pollution impacts to coral reefs utilised for fishing by the native bajau sea gypsy community.

Prior to UCD I worked for five years in the private sector as a project environmental scientist working on a wide variety of national and regional construction and planning projects ranging from ports to airports, motorways to power plants, regional plans to environmental licensing. Through my work in the private sector, my interests in environmental science and my work in Health and Safety at UCD, I now have an active interest in the interactions between environmental pollution and public health.

My main areas of scientific interest include environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, hydrological impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, occupational hygiene, public health impact assessment, environmental awareness and climate change education.
 
Aside from my Programme Coordinator roles I also lecture and supervise research theses as part of the Masters in Occupational Safety and Health and as part of the joint UCD TCD Masters in Development Practice.

I have been a member of the International Organising Committee for the ASTM International Symposia on Contaminated Sediments (Committee D18) since 2009.
 
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Professional

         

Conference Contributions

Conor J Buggy (2016) Workplace Wellbeing - Making the Workplace Work for You. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Third Level Technical Officer Annual Conference, UCD , 08-JUN-16 - 08-JUN-16.
Carr P., Buggy C. McGlynn G. (2015) Climate Change Awareness and Education. [Oral Presentation], DSA Ireland Annual Conference, Education and Research Centre, Harolds Cross, Dublin , 19-NOV-15 - 20-NOV-15.
Buggy C. (2015) [Chaired Session], HSR Annual Environmental Conference, Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin , 12-NOV-15 - 12-NOV-15.
Carr P., Buggy C., McGlynn P., Mwita E. (2015) Climate change awareness and education in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania . [Oral Presentation], United Nations Sustainable Development Network 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practic, Columbia University, New York City, United States , 23-SEP-15 - 25-NOV-15.
Lawless, M., Buggy, C.J., Codd, M.B. (2014) Chronic disease as a predictor of disability retirement in the Third Age in a Developed Nation. [Oral Presentation], Uuniversitas 21 Health Sciences Group Meeting, Fudan University, Shanghai, China , 22-SEP-14 - 26-SEP-14.
Lawless, M., Buggy, C.J., Codd, M.B. (2014) Disease Co-morbidities as Predictors of Disability Retirement in the Third Age - Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing. [Poster Presentation], Faculty of Public Health Medicine 2014 Summer Scientific Meeting, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland , 22-MAY-14 - 22-MAY-14.
Lawless, M., Buggy, C.J., Codd, M.B. (2014) Educational Influences on Early Withdrawal from the Irish Labour Force by Reason of Disability. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], International Conference on Urban Health, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, University of Manchester , 07-MAR-14 - 07-MAR-14.
Lawless, M., Buggy, C., Codd, M. (2013) Early Withdrawal from the Irish Labour Force by Reason of Disability in the Third Age. [Oral Presentation], Universitas 21 Health Sciences Doctoral Student Forum & Group Meeting, UCD , 02-SEP-13 - 03-SEP-13.
Lawless, M., Buggy, C., Codd, M. (2013) Early Retirement Through Disability in the 50+ Age Cohort in Ireland ¿ Findings from the TILDA and SHARE Databases. [Poster Presentation], Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Summer Scientific Meeting, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland , 22-MAY-13 - 23-MAY-13.
Buggy, C.J. (2011) Incorporating Health Impact Assessment (HIA) into the Planning and Construction of Major Projects ¿ Protecting the Public and the Worker. [Invited Oral Presentation], Engineers Ireland ICE Lecture Series, Engineers Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 24-NOV-11.
Conor J. Buggy (2011) Public Safety Aspects of Infrastructure Projects. [Invited Oral Presentation], Health and Safety Law Association of Ireland Annual Lecture, Dublin , 20-APR-11 - 20-APR-11.
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin (2003) Polarographic Analysis of Sediment in an Irish Estuary. [Poster Presentation], 2nd International Symposium on Contaminated Sediment, Quebec, Canada , 19-MAY-03 - 23-NOV-12.
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin (2006) Seasonal and spatial distributions of tributyltin in surface sediment of the Tolka Estuary. [Oral Presentation], Environ, UCD , 27-JAN-06 - 29-JAN-06.
Conor J. Buggy; (2012) International conference on remediation, engineering and assessment of contaminated sediments worldwide. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 5th International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, Montreal, Canada , 22-MAY-12 - 25-MAY-12.
Conor J. Buggy; (2009) International Conference on remediation and assessment of contaminated sediments. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 4th International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, Dublin, Ireland , 30-JUN-09 - 02-JUL-09.

Committees

Committee : International Organising Committee for the ASTM International Symposia on Contaminated Sediment

Employment

Employer: Arup Consulting Engineers
Position: Project Environmental Scientist
Employer: Malone O'Regan Environmental Services
Position: Environmental Consultant
Employer: Wexford County Council
Position: Environmental Technician

Education

Year 2001 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Mod) Subject: Environmental Science
Year 2006 Institution: Dublin City University (DCU), IRL
Qualification: PhD Subject: Environmental Engineering
 

Consultancy

Client: JG Munro and Associates
Client: Arup
Client: Irish Rail

Outreach Activities

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member and Chair of the LGBTI EDI Sub Group.
Dignity and Respect Colleague
Co-chair of the UCD Staff LGBT Society and staff liaison to the UCD Student LGBT Society.
While conducting the research for my PhD at DCU, I also worked on the Pfizer Science Bus which is a mobile laboratory designed to introduce primary school children to the principles of science before they reach secondary level. The bus would tour primary schools across the country two to three times per week during the school year. I was one of the demonstrators on board for approximately three years.
   

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lawless, M. and Buggy, C. J. and Codd, M. B. (2015) 'Educational influences on early retirement through disability in Ireland'. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD, 65 (4):303-308. [DOI] [Details]
Conor J. Buggy (2012) 'Incorporating Public Health Impact Assessment Into The Optioneering Process For A Dredge Licensing Application'. Journal of ASTM International, STP1554 . [Details]
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin; (2009) 'Determination of spatial and seasonal distribution of surface sediment contamination in an Irish river and estuarine system'. Journal of ASTM International, . [Details]
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin; (2008) 'Seasonal and spatial distributions of metal contaminants in surface sediment of an urban estuary'. Environmental Pollution, 155 :308-319. [Details]
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin; (2006) 'Seasonal and spatial distributions of tributyltin in surface sediment of the Tolka Estuary, Dublin, Ireland'. Environmental Pollution, 143 :294-303. [Details]
Conor J. Buggy; (2006) 'Spatial distribution of nine metals in surface sediment of an urban estuary prior to a large scale reclamation project'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 52 (18):969-974. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Carr P., Buggy C., McGlynn G. (2015) Climate change awareness amongst secondary level students¿ in a Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) affiliated school in urban Tanzania United Nations Sustainable Development Network 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Columbia University, New York, New York, USA, , 23-SEP-15 - 24-SEP-15 Link to full text [Details]
Lawless, M., Buggy, C.J., Codd, M.B. (2014) Chronic Disease as a Predictor of Disability Retirement in the Third Age in Ireland Ageing and Society Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester UK, , 07-NOV-14 - 08-NOV-14 [Details]
Conor J. Buggy, Gayle M. McGlynn (2014) Climate change awareness in a developing nations' second level education system - Tanzania United Nations Sustainable Development Network 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Columbia University New York, , 17-SEP-14 - 19-SEP-14 Link to full text [Details]
Conor J. Buggy, John M. Tobin; (2003) Polarographic Analysis of Sediment in an Irish Estuary 2nd International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments Quebec, Canada, , 18-MAY-03 - 21-MAY-03 [Details]
                                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

My current principal research project is linked to the UCD TCD Masters in Development Practice. The project in collaboration with Dr. Gayle McGlynn (TCD) involves a staged evaluation of climate change awareness in the education system of a developing nation. The project is run in partnership with DUCE (Dar Es Salaam University College of Education) in Tanzania and aims to assess student teacher climate change knowledge and awareness as well as secondary school students over a four year period. The ultimate aim is to prepare an educational package to ensure secondary school teachers of all disciplines can understand climate change and introduce to secondary school students effectively.

My OSH focussed research relates to the aging workforce, in particular the effects of early retirement, and occupational health awareness in professional athletes.

My other areas of environmental interest lie in Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Hydrological Impact Assessment, Health Impact Assessment, Environmental Pollution, Water Pollution, Sediment Contamination, Environmental Risk Assessment, Occupational Hygiene, Environmental Awareness, Climate Change Awareness and Education.
 

Recent Postgraduates

PhD
Martin Lawless 2011 - 2016

MSc in Occupational Safety and Health
Derval Cumiskey 2011
Thomas Crosby 2011
Ann Bradley 2012
Louise Quinn 2012
Catherine Martin 2012
Aisling McMahon 2012
Francis Mangan 2012
Noeleen Warren 2012
Grainne O'Boyle 2013
Jason Nagle 2013
Aine Broderick 2013
Elizabeth O'Callaghan 2015
Sean Logue 2015
Stella Giblin 2015
Robert Dunne 2016
Nicola Coffey 2016

Masters in Development Practice
Mohammad Modarres 2013
David Turley 2015
John Hennessey 2015
Paul Carr 2016

Masters in Public Health
Michael McDermott 2016
Riana Clune 2016


Current Postgraduate Students

Yanbing Chen, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

The teacher and the student must interact for their mutual learning.

Modules Coordinated

201600   OSH40040     Occupational Safety&Health: Chemical Safety and Toxicology
201600   OSH30010     Occupational Safety&Health: Safety and Health Legislation
201600   OSH40150     Occupational Safety&Health: Intro to Environmental Science
201600   OSH40160     Occupational Safety&Health: Environmental Leg and Regs
201600   OSH40230     Occupational Safety&Health: Health and Safety Management
201600   OSH30040     Occupational Safety&Health: Human & Org Behaviour at Work
201600   OSH40050     Occupational Safety&Health: Human and Org Behav at Work
201600   OSH30100     Occupational Safety&Health: OSH Literature Review
201600   OSH30020     Occupational Safety&Health: Health and Safety Management
201600   OSH4000M     Occupational Safety&Health: Intro to Environ.Sc&Health(M)
201600   OSH40140     Occupational Safety&Health: Environmental Assmt and Mgmt
201600   OSH30140     Occupational Safety&Health: Chemical Safety and Toxicology
201600   OSH20030     Occupational Safety&Health: OSH Professional Skills 1
201600   OSH40010     Occupational Safety&Health: Health and Safety Management
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Mary Codd - Associate Professor School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
Dr. Seamus Kelly - Assistant Professor School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

External Collaborators

Dr. Gayle McGlynn - Assistant Professor School of Natural Sciences TCD
Dr. Susan Murphy - Assistant Professor School of Natural Sciences TCD