Kieran’s research interests focus on ensuring that a move away from pollutant industries is achieved in a manner which maintains the living standards of those employed in industries which create carbon emissions. The thesis for his MSc in Environmental Policy entailed developing a framework for achieving a ‘just transition’ in coal producing jurisdictions. A core interest in Kieran’s work is ensuring that a connection is made between the merits of environmental policy and the daily lives of citizens. Central to this is Kieran’s use of qualitative research skills such as interviews and focus groups, alongside reviewing grey literature.
At the Centre, Kieran’s research is focused on producer perspectives on the bioeconomy. This research seeks to identify what are the perceptions of producers within the agricultural industry towards the bioeconomy and whether there is the potential for the bioeconomy to reduce producers’ dependence on agricultural activities, which provide them with an income but also contribute significantly to Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas emissions.
- 2018: Master of Science in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin
- 2017: Bachelor of Arts (Geography, Politics and International Relations) from University College Dublin
- Chairperson of the scientific committee for the Biobased industries joint undertaking (BBIJU) 2014-present
- Editorial Board Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer)