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Towards a Sustainable Future

Our environment is facing some of its greatest challenges due to unprecedented levels of human population and activity.  This has been recognised through global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity.  The Earth Institute is part of UCD’s response to these challenges and is committed to high quality interdisciplinary research to improve fundamental understanding of our rapidly changing environment and to find solutions for a sustainable future. 

The Earth Institute has over 140 members and 250 associate members, spread across 24 of the University’s Schools, and has active links with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders. It is home to state-of-the-art research laboratories in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science and is a focal point for UCD’s environmental research.  It engages with researchers at all career stages and across disciplines including Biology, Business, English, Economics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Law, Computer Science, Geography, Agriculture, Archaeology, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Policy, Earth Sciences and many others.

The Institute fosters interdisciplinary research within and beyond UCD through an active programme of events and activities designed to bring researchers together from these different disciplines, to start new conversations, spark new ideas and support new initiatives relating to research and education, policy and governance, innovation and enterprise and engagement and society.

The expertise of its members revolves around seven themes, focusing on water, climate, ecosystems and evolution, crops for the future, built and constructed environment, people, work, society, and sustainable communities.  Current and previous short-term strategic initiatives include projects on sustainable well-being, mountain research, stakeholder attitudes to biostimulants, reconstructing ecological networks, measuring sustainable actions at community level, Irish towns, crop diversification, hemp, climate resilience in agri-environmental systems and connecting environmental researchers and practitioners.  The Earth Institute has close links with many of UCD’s other institutes and research centres and is co-located with the SFI BEACON Bioeconomy Research Centre.

The UCD Earth Institute seeks to be a prominent voice in environmental research, policy, management and innovation in national and international spheres. It stimulates and facilitates engagement by UCD researchers with environmental policy-makers, decision-makers, industry and wider publics with a view to maximising UCD’s engagement and impact.

If you have any questions to ask, requests to make or ideas to suggest, please don’t hesitate to contact the Management Team.

Management Team

Prof. Tasman Crowe |  Director
tasman.crowe@ucd.ie

Will Fitzmaurice |  Institute Manager
william.fitzmaurice@ucd.ie

Caitriona Devery |  Research Manager
caitriona.devery@ucd.ie

Liz Bruton  |  Communications and Engagement Officer
elizabeth.bruton@ucd.ie

Macdara Molloy |  Administrator (maternity cover)
macdara.molloy@ucd.ie

Emily Cassidy |  Institute administrator
emily.elledge@ucd.ie

Other people associated with the UCD Earth Institute include the Executive Committee; Former senior members of the Institute, and earlier iterations of the Institute; Associate Member Committee; and External Advisory Board:

Executive Committee

Director: Tasman Crowe |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Deputy Director: Emma Teeling  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science

Mags Crean  |  School of Education
Shane Donohue  |  School of Civil Engineering
Angela Feechan  |  School of Agriculture and Food Science
Karen Foley  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
Andew Jackson  |  Sutherland School of Law
Mary Kelly Quinn  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Donna Marshall  |  School of Business
Frank McDermott  |  School of Earth Sciences
Rainer Melzer  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Penelope Muzanenhamo  |  School of Business
Sonia Negrao
  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Fiachra O'Loughlin 
 |  School of Civil Engineering
Eoin O'Neill  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
Conor Sweeney  |  School of Mathematics and Statistics
Graeme Warren  |  School of Archaeology
Nessa Winston  |  School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
Jon Yearsley  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science

Former senior members of the Institute, and earlier iterations of the Institute, include:
Chris Bean  |  Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies  (former Institute director)
Micheal Bruen  |  School of Civil Engineering
Peter Clinch  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy (former Institute director)
Frank Convery  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, Emeritus (former Institute director)
Philip Crowe  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
Fiona Doohan  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Ainhoa Gonzalez  |  School of Geography
Eugene O'Brien  |  School of Civil Engineering
Kevin O'Connor  |  School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
Gregory O'Hare  |  Trinity College Dublin (former Institute director)
Olaf Schmidt  |  School of Agriculture and Food Science
Mark Scott  |  UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy 

Associate Member Committee 

Chair: Aparajita Bannerjee  |  School of Business
Federico Cerrone  |  School of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science                                    
Caroline Dowling  |  School of Biology and Environmental Science
Shane McGuinness  |  School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
Atteyeh Natanzi  |  School of Civil Engineering
Tine Ningal
  |  School of Geography
Deborah Schrijvers  |  School of English, Drama and Film 

External Advisory Board

Chair: Frank Convery  |  UCD and Envecon, Ireland
Deputy Chair: Larry O’Connell 
 |  National Economic and Social Council, Ireland

Hans Bekker  |  formerly National Department of Public Works, Netherlands
Elizabeth Bomberg  |  University of Edinburgh, UK
Michael Ewing  |  Environmental Pillar, Ireland
Lucas Joppa  |  Microsoft, USA
Imelda Lambkin  |  Enterprise Ireland, Ireland
Marie Stenseke  |  University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

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