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Diarmuid Torney

Dr

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T: Ext. 6468
E: Diarmuid.Torney@dcu.ie
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Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Law and Government at DCU. I hold an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as BA and MA degrees from University College Dublin.

My research focuses on comparative and global politics of climate change, environment, and energy, particularly in Ireland, the European Union, China, and India. I am Principal Investigator on an 18-month project evaluating Ireland’s policy response to climate change since 1996, funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency.

I am author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India (MIT Press, 2015) and co-editor of European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders (Palgrave, 2018). My research has also appeared in leading international peer reviewed academic journals, including Energy PolicyGlobal Environmental Politics, and Journal of Common Market Studies.

I am director of DCU’s new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society. I teach courses on the politics of climate change and environment, public policy, and international relations theories at undergraduate and Master’s level.

In 2017 I served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Citizens’ Assembly for its consideration of the topic “How the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change”. I am a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee, and a member of Future Earth Ireland, the transdisciplinary national working group of Future Earth, a ten-year global research initiative to develop knowledge for responding effectively to global environment change. I am also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project.

Previous positions include postdoctoral fellowships at Chatham House, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the Freie Universität Berlin, and stagiaire at third secretary level in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development(Geneva), the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (Beijing), and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (Delhi).

Research Interests

Global climate and energy policy; Climate politics and policies of the European Union, China, and India; EU-Asia relations.

I welcome applications from prospective research students interested in comparative or global environmental politics.

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
A Structured Evaluation of Ireland's Climate Policy Response Environmental Protection Agency 01-FEB-18 - 31-JUL-19 DCU PI 98,409.68

Books

  Year Publication
2015 European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India.
Diarmuid Torney (2015) European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2018 European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders
Camilla Adelle, Katja Biedenkopf, Diarmuid Torney (Ed.). (2018) European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders Cham: Palgrave. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Shifting policy priorities in EU-China energy relations: Implications for Chinese energy investments in Europe'
Olivia Gippner and Diarmuid Torney (2017) 'Shifting policy priorities in EU-China energy relations: Implications for Chinese energy investments in Europe'. Energy Policy, 101 :649-658 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'If at first you don't succeed: the development of climate change legislation in Ireland'
Torney, D (2017) 'If at first you don't succeed: the development of climate change legislation in Ireland'. Irish Political Studies, 32 :247-267 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Bilateral Climate Cooperation: The EU's Relations with China and India'
Diarmuid Torney (2015) 'Bilateral Climate Cooperation: The EU's Relations with China and India'. Global Environmental Politics, 15 (1):105-122 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'External Perceptions and EU Foreign Policy Effectiveness: The Case of Climate Change'
Diarmuid Torney (2014) 'External Perceptions and EU Foreign Policy Effectiveness: The Case of Climate Change'. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (6):1358-1373 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Challenges of European Union Climate Diplomacy: The Case of China'
Diarmuid Torney (2014) 'Challenges of European Union Climate Diplomacy: The Case of China'. European foreign affairs review, 19 (3/1):119-134 [Details]
2012 'The Contribution of the European Union to Global Climate Change Governance: Explaining the Conditions for EU Actorness'
Carolina B. Pavese and Diarmuid Torney (2012) 'The Contribution of the European Union to Global Climate Change Governance: Explaining the Conditions for EU Actorness'. Revista Brasileira de Politica Internacional, 55 (2):125-143 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Environmental and Climate Diplomacy: Building coalitions through persuasion'
Diarmuid Torney and Mai’a Davis Cross (2018) 'Environmental and Climate Diplomacy: Building coalitions through persuasion' In: Camilla Adelle, Katja Biedenkopf, Diarmuid Torney (eds). Introduction: European Union External Environmental Policy. Cham: Palgrave. [Details]
2018 'China: Deepening cooperation on climate and environmental governance'
Diarmuid Torney and Olivia Gippner (2018) 'China: Deepening cooperation on climate and environmental governance' In: Camilla Adelle, Katja Biedenkopf, Diarmuid Torney (eds). European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders. Cham: Palgrave. [Details]
2016 'Confronting the Climate Challenge: Convergence and Divergence between the EU and China'
Bo Yan and Diarmuid Torney (2016) 'Confronting the Climate Challenge: Convergence and Divergence between the EU and China' In: Wang Jianwei and Song Weiqing (eds). China, the European Union, and the International Politics of Global Governance. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'The Global Context of Climate Change Politics'
Diarmuid Torney (2015) 'The Global Context of Climate Change Politics' In: Deiric O’Broin and Peadar Kirby (eds). Adapting to Climate Change: Governance Challenges. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing. [Details]
2015 'Environmental Challenges'
Conor Little and Diarmuid Torney (2015) 'Environmental Challenges' In: Aasne Kalland Aarstad, Edith Drieskens, Knud Erik Jørgensen, Katie Laatikainen, and Ben Tonra (eds). The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Vol. 2. London: Sage. [Details]
2015 'Climate Change as a Driver of Regional Integration in Europe'
Diarmuid Torney (2015) 'Climate Change as a Driver of Regional Integration in Europe' In: Louis Brennan and Philomena Murray (eds). Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading in EU-China Climate Diplomacy'
Katja Biedenkopf and Diarmuid Torney (2014) 'Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading in EU-China Climate Diplomacy' In: Etienne Reuter and Jing Men (eds). China-EU: Green Cooperation. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. [Details]
2014 'New Drivers of US Climate Action? The Politics of Extreme Weather and Adaptation'
Bernice Lee and Diarmuid Torney (2014) 'New Drivers of US Climate Action? The Politics of Extreme Weather and Adaptation' In: Christine Bakker and Francesco Francioni (eds). The EU, the US and Global Climate Governance. London: Routledge. [Details]
2013 'Leading on Climate and Resources'
Bernice Lee and Diarmuid Torney (2013) 'Leading on Climate and Resources' In: Giovanni Grevi and Daniel Keohane (eds). Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2013: Renewing the EU’s Role in the world. Madrid: FRIDE. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2013 European Climate Diplomacy: Building Capacity for External Action.
Diarmuid Torney (2013) European Climate Diplomacy: Building Capacity for External Action. Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki. [Details]
2013 New Drivers of US Climate Action? The Politics of Extreme Weather and Adaptation.
Bernice Lee and Diarmuid Torney (2013) New Drivers of US Climate Action? The Politics of Extreme Weather and Adaptation. Transworld: The Transatlantic Relationship and the future Global Governance, Rome. [Details]
2010 Addressing Large Developing Country Emissions: The Case for Strategic Sino-European Collaboration under Joint Commitments.
Benito Müller, David Robinson, Zhang Xiliang, Christian Ellermann, Huo Molin, Diarmuid Torney, and Zhou Jian (2010) Addressing Large Developing Country Emissions: The Case for Strategic Sino-European Collaboration under Joint Commitments. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford. [Details]
2009 Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Selected OECD Countries: Trade and Development Implications for Developing Countries.
Diarmuid Torney and Moustapha Kamal Gueye (2009) Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Selected OECD Countries: Trade and Development Implications for Developing Countries. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva. [Details]
2007 “Outreach 5” Country Assessment Report.
Timothy Myatt, Carlos Sayao, Diarmuid Torney, and Zinta Zommers (2007) “Outreach 5” Country Assessment Report. G8 Research Group, Toronto. [Details]
2010 National Commitments, Compliance and the Future of the Kyoto Protocol.
Diarmuid Torney and Noriko Fujiwara (2010) National Commitments, Compliance and the Future of the Kyoto Protocol. Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Earth System Governance Conference 2017,
Neil Carter, Fay Farstad, Conor Little, Diarmuid Torney (2017) Small is beautiful? Political parties and climate policy in small European states. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract ], Earth System Governance Conference 2017, Lund , 09-OCT-17 - 11-OCT-17 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'The EU’s Engagement with China on Climate Change: Lessons from the EU-China Partnership on Climate Change'
Diarmuid Torney (2012) 'The EU’s Engagement with China on Climate Change: Lessons from the EU-China Partnership on Climate Change' EU-China Observer, 3 :8-13. [Details]
2010 'Editorial Introduction: New Directions in Climate Change Politics'
Diarmuid Torney and Annika Greup (2010) 'Editorial Introduction: New Directions in Climate Change Politics' St Antony's International Review, 5 (2) :5-15. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2016 The global governance of climate change: G7, G20, and UN leadership.
Torney, D (2016) The global governance of climate change: G7, G20, and UN leadership. HOBOKEN: Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2013 Outsiders' Perceptions and EU Influence in the World: The Case of Climate Change.
Diarmuid Torney (2013) Outsiders' Perceptions and EU Influence in the World: The Case of Climate Change. Berlin: Working Paper [Details]
2012 Assessing EU Leadership on Climate Change: The Limits of Diffusion in EU Relations with China and India.
Diarmuid Torney (2012) Assessing EU Leadership on Climate Change: The Limits of Diffusion in EU Relations with China and India. Berlin: Working Paper [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee, Royal Irish Academy Member and secretary 2014 / Ongoing
Future Earth Ireland Member and secretary 2015 / Ongoing
Earth System Governance Project Research Fellow 2015 / Ongoing

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Studies Association Member 01-MAR-10 /
British International Studies Association Member 01-OCT-14 /
University Association for Contemporary European Studies Member 01-SEP-14 /
Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies Member 01-OCT-15 /
Political Studies Association of Ireland Member 01-OCT-11 /

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2016 Environmental Change and World Politics LG5008Environmental Change and World Politics
2016 Global Politics of Climate Change LG329Global Politics of Climate Change
2016 Politics of the United Nations LG552Politics of the United Nations
2016 International Security LG532International Security
2016 Theoretical Approaches to World Politics LG238Theoretical Approaches to World Politics