Geography Department Postgraduate Web Pages
Name: Jamie Rohu
Tel: +353 (1) 896 2357
Department of Geography
Trinity College Dublin
Title of Project
Sustainable bogs: Challenges in transition
After graduating with a first-class honours Bachelor of Business in Enterprise and Management from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Jamie began a Master’s Degree by Research. This study critically explored Bord na Móna’s policies pertaining to its utilisation of cutaway bogs. Employing John Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line as a lens, the research assessed Bord na Móna’s strategy through economic, environmental and social perspectives. A semi-structured interview process incorporated standpoints from a broad range of stakeholders including Eamon Ryan TD, leader of the Green Party, Dr Catherine Farrell, senior ecologist at Bord na Móna, Professor Hans Joosten, internationally-renowned peatland expert from the University of Greifswald, Germany, a spokesperson for the Rhode Parish Wind Turbine Action Group, and Dr Florence Renou-Wilson, peatland scientist and principle author of the Environmental Protection Agency’s BOGLAND report, based at University College Dublin. The thesis made recommendations including the adoption of paludiculture in heavily-degraded bogs. The PhD builds upon this research by inquiring into the challenges and enablers of implementing a “just transition” of Irish industrial bogs following cessation of extraction.
Just Transition is an emerging concept in climate governance and policy-making. Jamie’s PhD critically explores how ideas of just transition are envisaged by examining the case of Irish industrial bogs. These landscapes are valuable forms of natural capital as they provide habitat for plants and animals, sequester greenhouse gases and mitigate against the risk of flooding. Bord na Móna has harvested peat from bogs on an industrial scale since its establishment in 1946. In the context of Ireland’s internationally-agreed commitments to reduce its contribution to global climate change, Bord na Móna will cease extraction of peat for energy-generating purposes by 2028. This raises important questions about what will become of these altered environments.
Adopting an ethnographically-informed research approach, Jamie’s PhD asks how workers and communities most affected by the closure of the bogs envisage a fair and just transition, before examining how these perspectives compare and contrast to those held by decision-makers.
Name of Supervisor
Dr Philip Lawton and Dr Patrick Bresnihan (Maynooth University)
Postgraduate Personal Details
Born and raised in West Cork, Jamie has a long-held passion for rural Irish landscapes and the flora and fauna that reside within. Jamie’s research is interdisciplinary in outlook, incorporating concepts from political ecology, environmental history, peatland science, cultural geography, nature epistemologies and environmental justice. He works as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Natural Sciences’ Geography Department and sits on Trinity College’s Green Campus Committee.
Project Start Date
Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship