Dr. David Horan

Dr. David Horan

Assistant Professor, School Office Trinity Business School

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Dr. David Horan is an Assistant Professor in Business: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Trinity Business School specialized in governance for sustainable development. At Trinity, his main research interests focus on United Nations (UN) sustainable development agendas, multi-stakeholder implementation, and supporting business actions and partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the School in Autumn 2022, Dr. Horan was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to undertake research and engagement for the SDGs that included a two-year secondment at the UN. He is author of "A New Approach to Partnerships for SDG Transformations" and has been invited to speak on transformative partnerships at UN forums and meetings. Currently, he is Advisor on SDG Partnerships at Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, an international non-profit in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. His recent publications appear in Sustainability Science, Global Policy, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. Dr. Horan also serves as Associate Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. David is interested in supervising Ph.D. and M.Sc. students in areas of sustainable business such as business SDG strategies, responsible/integrated leadership, cross-sector partnerships and stakeholder theory, engaged research, SDG data and indicators, and sustainability/ESG reporting.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Horan D., A framework to harness effective partnerships for the sustainable development goals, Sustainability Science, 17, (4), 2022, p1573 - 1587, p1573-1587Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Horan D., Towards a Portfolio Approach: Partnerships for Sustainable Transformations, Global Policy, 13, (1), 2022, p160 - 170, p160-170Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Horan D., Enabling integrated policymaking with the sustainable development goals: An application to Ireland, Sustainability (Switzerland), 12, (18), 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Horan D., National baselines for integrated implementation of an environmental sustainable development goal assessed in a new integrated SDG index, Sustainability (Switzerland), 12, (17), 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Walsh P.P., Murphy E., Horan D., The role of science, technology and innovation in the UN 2030 agenda, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 154, 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Horan D., Compensation strategies to enact new governance frameworks for sdg transformations, Public Sector Economics, 43, (4), 2019, p375 - 400, p375-400Journal Article, 2019, DOI
  • Horan D., A new approach to partnerships for SDG transformations, Sustainability (Switzerland), 11, (18), 2019Journal Article, 2019, DOI
  • Herlitz A., Horan D., A Model and Indicator of Aggregate Need Satisfaction for Capped Objectives and Weighting Schemes for Situations of Scarcity, Social Indicators Research, 133, (2), 2017, p413 - 430, p413-430Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Herlitz A., Horan D., Measuring needs for priority setting in healthcare planning and policy, Social Science and Medicine, 157, 2016, p96 - 102, p96-102Journal Article, 2016, DOI
  • The UN high-level political forum and parliamentary governance for sustainable development in, editor(s)Felix Dodds, Akinremi Bolaji, Yeongmoo Cho, Verena Klinger-Dering, Cristina Popescu, David Banisar, Quinn McKew , Governance for sustainable development Volume 3, Preparing for the Heads of State review of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, New Frontiers, 2019, [P Walsh, E Murphy, D Horan, A Banerjee]Book Chapter, 2019

Research Expertise

Governance for Sustainable Development, UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cross-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships, sustainable business/business SDG actions, SDG data and indicators, integrated approaches, transformative partnerships, engaged research.

Political Science, Economics, Business & Management,


  • Marie-Curie Fellowship, European Commission 2018
  • Young Scholars Award, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)
  • Political Studies Association of Ireland
  • Academy of Management
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • Representative to the UN, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future 2023
  • Fellow, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future 2023
  • Visiting Researcher, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network 2018
  • Associate, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future 2021
  • Member, UN Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development 2018
  • Representative to the UN, University College Dublin 2018