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Dr Patrick Bresnihan

Dr Patrick Bresnihan

Assistant Professor

Telephone: +353-(0)1 896 2661
Postal Address:
Department of Geography
Museum Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Qualifications & awards

B.A. (Trinity College)

MPhil (Cambridge)

Ph.D. (Trinity College)

Research profile

Patrick’s work spans political ecology, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities - fields that challenge traditional distinctions between the ‘natural’, ‘cultural’, ‘political’ and ‘technological’. Theoretical influences include Foucault, Marxian theory, Feminist STS and anthropology.

Research interests include:

  • History of environmental thought, environmental politics and movements;
  • Neoliberalism and environmental governance;
  • The ‘green economy’, natural capital, financialization of nature;
  • Infrastructures (water, energy);
  • Theory and politics of the commons.

Patrick is happy to discuss possible supervision of students interested in any of these or related research areas.



Bresnihan, P. (2016) Transforming the Fisheries : Neoliberalism, Nature and the Commons. University of Nebraska Press, USA (April 2016).

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Bresnihan, P. (2015) The Bio-Financialization of Irish Water : New Advances in the Neoliberalization of Vital Services. Utilities Policy (forthcoming).

Bresnihan, P. & Byrne, M. (2014) Escape into the City : Everyday Practices of Commoning and the Production of Urban Space in Dublin. Antipode. 47 (1), 36-54.

Bresnihan, P. (2013) From Land to Sea : Unsettling Subjectivities. The Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology.

Bresnihan, P. (2013) John Clare and the Manifold Commons. Environmental Humanities. 3, 70-91.

Book Chapters:

Bresnihan, P. (2015) Re-Staging the Water Wars: What does it mean to win? Split Waters: Examining Conflicts Related to Water and Their Narration. Cortesi, L. & Joy, K. J. (Eds.), Forum for Policy Dialogue, India (forthcoming).

Bresnihan, P. (2015) The More-than-Human Commons: From Commons to Commoning. Space, Power and the Making of the Commons, Routledge, London.

Bresnihan, P. (2013) Barriers' to Participation and Capitalist Temporalities. Problems of Participation. Reflections on Democracy, Commodification and the Forms by which we live. Blencowe, C. & Noorani, T. (Eds.), Authority Research Network Press, UK.

Special Interest:

Bresnihan, P. (2015) From Edenmore to El Alto. Focus. Action for Global Justice. May. Issue 96.

Bresnihan, P. and Byrne, M. (2013) ‘Pop up parks are creative and positive – but can mask deeper social problems’ in The Journal, 03/09/13.

Bresnihan, P. (2013) Why Exchange desperately needs your help. The Journal. February 3rd. 

Bresnihan, P. (2013) Participation in (a time of) Crisis. Open Democracy. September 2nd. 

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Last updated 14 December 2016