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Professor Anna Davies
Professor, Geography


Anna directs the Environmental Governance Research Group and is on the steering committee for the Trinity Centre for Future Cities. Anna is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (2017), and was the inaugural Chair of Future Earth Ireland. A previous Chair of The Planning and Environment Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, she has been the Secretary of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production was a founding member of the Future Earth Knowledge Action Network for Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production, initially co-Chairing the working group on social change beyond consumerism. In addition, Anna advises the Irish Government as a member of the National Climate Change Council (2015-2021) and was a member of the Expert Group for the Citizen's Assembly on Climate Change (2017-2018). She was previously (2011-2016) an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council. Since 2008 Anna has been on the management board of the social enterprise The Rediscovery Centre, a social enterprise dedicated to providing community employment and training via innovative reuse of unwanted or discarded materials. Anna has produced more than 100 reports, policy statements, peer reviewed books, book chapters and journal articles, including articles in leading international peer-review journals such as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, the Annals of American Association of Geography and Geoforum. In 2012, she was awarded a prize from the Geography Society of Ireland for her contribution to Society and Community. In 2018 she was awarded Irish Researcher of the Year by the Irish Research Council. Anna is currently (2015-2021)PI of SHARECITY, an ERC Consolidator Grant funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 programme. Prior to this Anna was Principal Investigator of CONSENSUS (2009-2016), a large-scale multi-institutional project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, examining consumption, environment and sustainability

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Stephan Hügel, Anna R. Davies, Public participation, engagement, and climate change adaptation: A review of the research literature, WIREs Climate Change, 11, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI URL

Davies, A.R, Franck, V. and Cretella, A., Regulating urban food sharing: policy, practice and food democracy goals, Politics and Governance, 7, (4), 2019, p8 - 20 Journal Article, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

MacKensie, S and Davies, A.R., SHARE IT: co-designing a sustainability impact assessment framework for urban food sharing initiatives, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 79, 2019, p106 - 300 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL

Anna R. Davies, Urban Food Sharing, Bristol, Policy Press, 2019, 1 - 108pp Book, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

Redistributing surplus food: Interrogating the collision of waste and justice in, editor(s)N. Cook and D. Butz , Mobilities, Mobility Justice and Social Justice, London, Routledge, 2019, pp250 - 262, [Davies A.R.] Book Chapter, 2019

DAVIES, A.R. and Legg, R., Fare Sharing: Interrogating the nexus of ICT, urban food sharing and sustainability, Food Culture and Society,, 21, (1), 2018, p233 - 254 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

HomeLabs: Domestic living laboratories under conditions of austerity in, editor(s)Marvin, S., Bulkeley, H., Mai, L., McCormick, K., Palgan, Y. , Urban Living Labs: Experimenting with city futures, London, Routledge, 2018, pp126 - 146, [Davies A.R.] Book Chapter, 2018

DAVIES, A.R., and Evans, D. , Urban Food Sharing: Geographies, practices and disruptions, Geoforum, 98, 2018, p1 - 10 Journal Article, 2018

DAVIES, A.R., Weymes, M., MacKenzie, S, Communicating Goals and Impacts of Urban Food Sharing, Urban Agriculture Magazine, 34, (May), 2018, p38 - 40 Journal Article, 2018

Weymes, M. and DAVIES, A.R. , [Re]Valuing Surplus: Transitions, technologies and tensions in redistributing prepared food in San Francisco, Geoforum, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Rut, M. and DAVIES A.R. , Transition without confrontation? Shared food growing niches and sustainable food transitions in Singapore, Geoforum, 96, 2018, p278 - 288 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Edwards, F. & DAVIES, A.R, Connective Consumptions: Mapping Melbourne's Food Sharing Ecosystem, Urban Policy and Research, 36, (4), 2018, p476 - 495 Journal Article, 2018

DAVIES, A. R., Gray, M., Donald, B., Knox-Hayes, J. , Sharing economies: Moving beyond binaries in a digital age, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 10, (2), 2017, p209 - 230 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

DAVIES, A.R., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M., Weymes, M , Making Visible: Making visible: Interrogating the performance of food sharing across 100 urban , Geoforum, 86, 2017, p136 - 149 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

DAVIES, A.R., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M., Weymes, M, Creative construction: Crafting, negotiating and performing urban food sharing landscapes. , Area, 49, (4), 2017, p510 - 518 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Christopher Luederitz, Niko Scheapke, Arnim Wiek, Daniel J. Lang, Matthias Bergmann, Joannette J. Bos, Sarah Burch, Anna Davies, James Evans, Ariane K€onig, Megan A. Farrelly, Nigel Forrest, Niki Frantzeskaki, Robert B. Gibson, Braden Kay, Derk Loorbach, Kes McCormick, Oliver Parodi, Felix Rauschmayer, Uwe Schneidewind, Michael Stauffacher, Franziska Stelzer, Gregory Trencher, Johannes Venjakob, Philip J. Vergragt, Henrik von Wehrden Frances R. Westley , Learning through evaluation e A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments,, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, p1 - 16 Journal Article, 2016

Devaney, L and Davies, A.R., Disrupting household food consumption through experimental HomeLabs: Outcomes, connections, contexts, Journal of Consumer Culture, 2016, p1 - 22 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Anna R. Davies and Ruth Doyle, Transforming Household Consumption: From Backcasting to HomeLabs Experiments, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105, (2), 2015, p425 - 436 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Anna R. Davies and Ruth Doyle, WATERWISE: EXTENDING CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS FOR CO-CREATING MORE SUSTAINABLE WASHING FUTURES, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14, (2), 2015, p390 - 400 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text URL

Davies, A.R., Doyle, R., Waterwise: Extending civic engagements for co-creating more sustainable washing futures, ACME, 14, (2), 2015, p390-400 Journal Article, 2015

Conclusion: Moving on: promising pathways to more sustainable futures in, editor(s)Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy and Henrike Rau , Challenging Consumption:Pathways to a more Sustainable Future, London, Routledge, 2014, pp187 - 205, [Henrike Rau, Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Introduction: Challenging Consumption in, editor(s)Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau , Challenging Consumption: pathways to a more sustainable future, London, Routledge, 2014, pp3 - 18, [Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Anna R. Davies, Environmental Futures, in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Sustainable eating: visions, practices and the role of technology in, editor(s)Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau , Challenging Consumption: pathways to a more sustainable future, London, Routledge, 2014, pp158 - 181, [Anna R. Davies, Laura Devaney, Jessica Pape] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Anna Davies, Future of Food Consumption, OECD Future of Food, OECD Paris, Sept. 2014, 2014, OECD Invited Talk, 2014

Situating sustainable consumption in a policy context in, editor(s)Anna R. Davies, Frances, Fahy and Henrike Rau , Challenging Consumption:Pathways to a more Sustainable Future, London, Routledge, 2014, pp19 - 35, [Fahy, F, Doyle, R, Rau,H, DAVIES, A.R., and Pape, J] Book Chapter, 2014

Greening the economy in Ireland: Challenges and possibilities for just transitions through clustering for cleantech, in Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis in, editor(s)G. Kearns et al , Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2014, pp90 - 106, [Davies A.R.] Book Chapter, 2014

DAVIES, A.R., Co-creating sustainable eating futures: Technology, ICT and citizen-consumer ambivalence, Futures:The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, 62, (B), 2014, p181 - 193 Journal Article, 2014

Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, and Henrike Rau, Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future , London, Routledge, 2014, 1-211pp Book, 2014

Anna Davies, Sustainability Enterprises, In-Context & Informed Cities: Final Conference, Berlin, May, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Partnership and Sharing: beyond mainstream mechanisms, in, editor(s)Brown, Abbe , Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Accessing, Obtaining and Protecting, London, Edward Elgar, 2013, pp108 - 127, [Davies, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2013

Social groups and collective decision-making: Focus Group approaches in, editor(s)Dr Frances Fahy, Dr Henrike Rau, , Methods for Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences, London, Sage, 2013, pp53 - 71, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2013

Byrne, A., Byrne, G., Davies, A., Robinson, A.J., Transient and quasi-steady thermal behaviour of a building envelope due to retrofitted cavity wall and ceiling insulation, 61, 2013, p356-365 Journal Article, 2013

Davies, A.R., Cleantech Clusters: Transformational assemblages for a just, green economy or just business as usual?, Global Environmental Change, 23, (5), 2013, p1285 - 1295 Journal Article, 2013

Davies, A.R., Food futures: co-designing sustainable eating practices for 2050, Eurochoices, 12, (2), 2013, p4 - 11 Journal Article, 2013

When clean and green meets the Emerald Isle: contrasting waste governance narratives in Ireland and New Zealand in, editor(s)Zapata, M. And Hall, M , Organising waste in the city, London, The Policy Press, 2013, pp63 - 82, [Davies, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2013

Anna Davies, Guiding good food, EU-SCORAI: Guiding the Good Life, Meunster , Muenster, March, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Anna Davies, Future of Water, EcoUnesco World Youth Forum,, Dublin, December, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Doyle, R and DAVIES, A.R., Future visions for sustainable household practices in Ireland: creating and assessing sustainable home heating scenarios, Journal of Cleaner Production, 48, 2013, p260 - 271 Journal Article, 2013

Doyle, R., Davies, A.R., Towards sustainable household consumption: Exploring a practice oriented, participatory backcasting approach for sustainable home heating practices in Ireland, 48, 2013, p260-271 Journal Article, 2013

Anna Davies, Shapeshifting: Transitions to sustainable futures, EU-SCORAI: Sustainable consumption transitions conference, Istanbul, June, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

DAVIES, A.R., Doyle, R., Pape, J., Spaces for sustainability learning? Future visioning as a geographical process for transforming production and consumption practices., Area, 44, (1), 2012, p54 - 60 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Davies, A.R., The geographies of garbage governance: Interventions, interactions and outcomes, The Geographies of Garbage Governance: Interventions, Interactions and Outcomes, 2012, p1-202 Journal Article, 2012

Davies, A., Conclusion: Sustaining grassroots sustainability enterprise: Challenges and opportunities, 9, 2012, p189-199 Journal Article, 2012

DAVIES, A.R., Enterprising Communities:Grassroots sustainability innovations, London, Emerald, 2012, 1 - 199pp Book, 2012

Sustainability impacts and grassroots enterprises in, editor(s)DAVIES, A.R. , Enterprising Communities, London, Emerald, 2012, pp25 - 48, [DAVIES, A.R and Mullin, S.J.] Book Chapter, 2012

Sustaining grassroots sustainability enterprise: challenges and opportunities in, editor(s)DAVIES, A.R. , Enterprising Communities, London, Emerald, 2012, pp189 - 199, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2012

Sustainability, enterprise and the grassroots in, editor(s)DAVIES, A.R. , Enterprising Communities, London, Emerald, 2012, pp1 - 24, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2012

Davies, A., Introduction: Sustainability, innovation, enterprise and the grassroots, 9, 2012, p1-23 Journal Article, 2012

Davies A.R., Geography and the matter of waste mobilities, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37, (2), 2012, p191 - 196 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Davies, A.R., Doyle, R., Pape, J., Future visioning for sustainable household practices: Spaces for sustainability learning?, 44, (1), 2012, p54-60 Journal Article, 2012

Waste and Community enterprises in Ireland: co-operation, collaboration and the formation of the community resource network in, editor(s)DAVIES, A.R. , Enterprising Communities, London, Emerald, 2012, pp49 - 64, [DAVIES, A.R. and Mullin, S.J.] Book Chapter, 2012

Davies A and Mullin S, Greening the economy: interrogating sustainability innovations beyond the mainstream , Journal of Economic Geography, 11, (5), 2011, p793 - 816 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Pape, J., Fahy, F., Davies, AR., Rau, H, Developing policies and instruments for Sustainable Household Consumption: Irish Experiences and Futures, Journal of Consumer Policy, 34, (1), 2011, p25 - 42 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Waldren S, Scally L, Atalah J, Brown M, Byrne C, Crowe T, Cuningham C, Davies A, Eschmann C, Fritch J, Fitzgerald H, Galley C, Gittings T, Grennan J, Guiry M, Higgins T, Irvine K, Kavanagh R, Kelly-Quinn DL, Long MP, McCarthy TK, Milbau A, O'Callaghan E, O'Halloran J, O'Mahony L, Osborne B, O'Toole C, Parnell JAN, Rodríguez Tuñón A, Stengel D, Stout J , Biodiversity and Environmental Change: An Integrated Study Encompassing a Range of Scales, Taxa and Habitats, STRIVE Report Series, 68, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, December, 2011, p1 - 49 Report, 2011 URL

Abbe Brown, Keith Culver, Anna Davies, Estelle Derclaye, Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, Mervyn Jones, Suzanne Kingston, David McGrory, Kathryn McMahon, Elisa Morgera, Jon Santamauro, Douglas Taylor and Baskut Tuncak , Towards a Holistic Approach to Technology and, 2010 Working Paper, 2010 URL

Davies, A.R, Fahy, F., Rau, H., Pape, J, Sustainable consumption and governance: reflecting on a research agenda for Ireland, Irish Geography, 43, (1), 2010, p59 - 79 Journal Article, 2010

DAVIES, A.R, Clean and Green? A governance analysis of waste management in New Zealand, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 52, (2), 2009, p157 - 177 Journal Article, 2009

Environmentalism in, editor(s)Kitchin, R & Thrift, N. , International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Oxford, Elsevier, 2009, pp565 - 570, [Davies, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2009

DAVIES, A, Does sustainability count? Environmental policy, sustainable development and the governance of grassroots sustainability enterprise in Ireland., Sustainable Development, 17, (3), 2009, p174 - 182 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

DAVIES, A.R., Civil society activism and waste management in Ireland: the Carranstown anti-incineration campaign, Land Use Policy, 25, 2008, p161 - 172 Journal Article, 2008

DAVIES, A, Geographies of Garbage Governance: interventions, interactions and outcomes, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008, 1 - 214pp Book, 2008

O'Callaghan-Platt and DAVIES, A.R., Evaluating the success of pay-by-use (PBU) domestic waste charges in Ireland, Irish Geography, 41, (3), 2008, p245 - 259 Journal Article, 2008

DAVIES, A. R. and O'Callaghan-Platt, A., Does Money Talk? Waste charging in the Republic of Ireland: government, governance and performance , Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 10, (3), 2008, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2008

Linking Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Development in, editor(s)Aibhlin McCrann , Memories Milestones and New Horizons: reflections on the regeneration of Ballymun, Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 2008, pp191 - 206, [Anna Davies] Book Chapter, 2008

Davies, A.R., The geographies of garbage governance: Interventions, interactions and outcomes, The Geographies of Garbage Governance: Interventions, Interactions and Outcomes, 2008, p1-202 Journal Article, 2008

DAVIES, A.R., A wasted opportunity? Civil society and waste management in Ireland , Environmental Politics, 16, (1), 2007, p52 - 72 Journal Article, 2007

Fahy, F., Davies, A., Home improvements: Household waste minimisation and action research, 52, (1), 2007, p13-27 Journal Article, 2007

Fahy, F. DAVIES, A., Home improvements: enhancing household waste, Resources, Recycling & Conservation, 52, (1), 2007, p13 - 27 Journal Article, 2007

DAVIES, A.R., Anti-incineration campaigning in Ireland: a case for developing environmental justice dialogue , Geoforum, 37, (5), 2006, p708 - 724 Journal Article, 2006

Nature in Place: public visions of nature-society relationships in the UK in, editor(s)van den Born, R.,Lenders, R., de Groot, W. , Visions of Nature, Berlin, LIT-Verlag, 2006, pp87 - 105, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2006

Davies, A.R., Environmental justice as subtext or omission: Examining discourses of anti-incineration campaigning in Ireland, 37, (5), 2006, p708-724 Journal Article, 2006

Reflections on the Study of Environmental Values in, editor(s)Bauer, J. , Forging Environmentalism: justice, livelihood and contested enivronments, New York, ME Sharp, 2006, pp696 - 712, [Davies, A. and Bauer, J.] Book Chapter, 2006

Davies, A.R., Incineration politics and the geographies of waste governance: A burning issue for Ireland?, 23, (3), 2005, p375-397 Journal Article, 2005

DAVIES, A.R., Incineration politics and the governance of waste, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23, (3), 2005, p375 - 398 Journal Article, 2005

Davies, A., Fahy, F., Taylor, D., Householder attitudes and actions towards waste in Ireland, Irish Geography, 28, (2), 2005, p151 - 168 Journal Article, 2005

DAVIES, A, fahy, F and Taylor, D., Mind the gap! Householder Attitudes and actions towards waste management, Irish Geography, 10, 2005, p151-168 Journal Article, 2005

DAVIES, A.R., Local action for climate change: transnational networks and the Irish experience, Local Environment: international journal of justice and sustainability , 10, (1), 2005, p21 - 40 Journal Article, 2005

Gilmartin, M., Strohmayer, U., Davies, A., Taylor, D., Ní Laoire, C., Mills, G., Nally, D., Linehan, D., Grimes, S., Carmody, P., McCarthy, M., Geography in Ireland in transition - Some comments, 37, (2), 2004, p121-144 Journal Article, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D. , Household attitudes and actions towards waste management, Dublin, 2004 Report, 2004

Human vulnerability, past climatic variability and societal change in, Unifying Geography: Common Heritage, Shared Future? , London, Routledge, 2004, pp144 - 162, [Taylor, D. & DAVIES, A.R. ] Book Chapter, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., An opportunity not to be wasted: researching the role of civil society and the governance of waste in Ireland, Chimera, 19, 2004, p67 - 72 Journal Article, 2004

Pollutants in, editor(s)Thrift, N., Pile, S. and Harrison, S. , Patterned Ground: ecologies of nature and culture, London, Reaktion, 2004, pp122 - 123, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., Waste wars - public attitudes and the politics of place in waste management strategies, Irish Geography , 36, (1), 2003, p77 - 92 Journal Article, 2003

Bulkeley, H., Davies, A., Evans, B., Gibbs, D., Kern, K., Theobald, K., Environmental governance and transnational municipal networks in Europe, 5, (3), 2003, p235-254 Journal Article, 2003

Bulkeley, H., DAVIES, A.R., Evans, B., Gibbs, D., Kern, K., Theobald, K., Environmental governance and transnational local authority networks in Europe, , Journal of Environmental Politics and Planning , 5, (3), 2003, p235 - 254 Journal Article, 2003

DAVIES, A.R., What moves us? Sustainable mobility and the car, Local Environment: journal of justice and sustainability, 8, (6), 2003, p668 - 671 Journal Article, 2003

DAVIES, A.R., Mass media environmental awareness campaigns - the Irish Experience, Geographical Viewpoint , Geographical Viewpoint, 20, 2002, p18 - 25 Journal Article, 2002

Hoggart, K., Lees, L. & DAVIES, A.R., Researching Human Geography, London, Arnold, 2002 Book, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., Power, politics and networks: shaping partnerships for sustainable communities, AREA, 34, (2), 2002, p190 - 203 Journal Article, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., What Silence Knows - environmental ethics and the UK planning system, Environmental Values, 10, (1), 2001, p77 - 102 Journal Article, 2001

Davies, A., What silence knows - planning, public participation and environmental values, 10, (1), 2001, p77-102 Journal Article, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Is the Media the Message? Mass Media, Environmental Information and the Public, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 3, (4), 2001, p319 - 323 Journal Article, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Hidden or Hiding? Public perceptions of participation in the planning system , Town Planning Review, 56, (1), 2001, p45 - 71 Journal Article, 2001

Smith, J., Blake, J. & DAVIES, A.R. , Putting Sustainability in Place: Sustainable Communities Projects in Huntingdonshire, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 3, (2), 2000, p211 - 224 Journal Article, 2000

DAVIES, A. R. & Demeritt, D. , Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Politics of Valuing the Environment, Radical Statistics, 73, 2000, p24 - 33 Journal Article, 2000

Promoting participation: principles and practice in, editor(s)Ling, T. , Reforming Healthcare by Consent: involving those who matter,, Abingdon, Radcliffe medical Press, 1999, pp25 - 50, [DAVIES, A.R.] Book Chapter, 1999

DAVIES, A.R., Where do we go from here? Environmental focus groups and planning policy, Local Environment: international journal of justice and sustainability, 4, (3), 1999, p296 - 316 Journal Article, 1999

DAVIES, A.R., Environmental education, ethics and citizenship: a report of, Ethics, Place and Environment, 2, (1), 1999, p82 - 87 Journal Article, 1999

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Anna Davies, '2015', Research Profile, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015 URL

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Household Waste Minimisation Exercise, Galway County Council & Galway City Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES. A.R., Waste Management in Ireland, Department of Geography, University College Cork, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., Anti-incineration campaigning in Ireland: a case for developing an environmental justice dialogue, Department of Sociology, TCD, 2004 Invited Talk, 2004

Fahy, F.; DAVIES, A.R.; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Quantitative Research, Galway County Council & Galway City Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Household Waste Minimisation Exercise, Fingal County Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Report on Quantitative Research, Fingal County Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Quantitative Research, Kerry County Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., Waste Management in Ireland: to burn or not to burn that is the question , Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen, 2004 Invited Talk, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Focus Group Discussions, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., United we stand? Environmental justice and anti-incineration campaigning in Galway, Ireland. Planning and Environment Research Group Special Session on Environmental Justice, International Geographical Union Conference, Glasgow, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

DAVIES, A.R.; Fahy, F; Meade, H and Taylor, D, Household attitudes and actions towards waste management: Household Waste Minimisation Exercise, Kerry County Council, 2004 Report, 2004

DAVIES, A.R., Household waste issues in Ireland: the public dimension, Pathways to a sustainable future, Environmental Protection Agency Conference, Dublin, May 2003, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

DAVIES, A.R., Researching Environmental Values, ESRC Environment and Human Behaviour Research Workshop - Middle Class Environmental Values and India, August, 2003, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

DAVIES, A.R., Transnational Anti-Incineration Networks: A burning issue for Ireland, IBG-RGS Conference, Organised Session: Opposition Attracts, September, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

DAVIES, A.R., Are you doing your bit? Or It's easy to make a difference? A comparative study of national environmental awareness, Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, Belfast, January 2002, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., Money for Old Rope: an analysis of the 'it is easy to make a difference' environmental awareness campaign, Conference of Irish Geographers, Magee College, Derry, May 2002, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., Waste Wars - Geographical Society of Ireland, AGTI Seminar, October 2002, 2002 Invited Talk, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., Transnational Environmental Networks in Ireland - a case, Expert Meeting, Berlin Social Science Researchm Centre, Berlin, May 2002, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

DAVIES, A.R., Conference of Irish geographers, 2001 Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Nature in Place, at an expert meeting on Visions of Nature, Nijmegen University, The Netherlands, June 2001, 2001 Invited Talk, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Elucidating Environmental Values: the public dimension, Fellows Conference, Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York, USA, June 2001, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Researching Environmental Values, Final Meeting of Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs Environmental Values project, The Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockerfeller Brothers Fund, Tarrytown, New York, USA, Sept. - Oct 2001, 2001 Invited Talk, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., Understanding Values: a comparative study of values in environmental policy making in China, Japan, India and the US, Geography Research Seminar Series, Trinity College, October 2001, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

DAVIES, A.R., DAVIES, A. R. (1999) Huntingdonshire's Sustainable Communities Project 1996-1999 , University of Cambridge, Cambridge., Committee for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 1999, 1999 Report, 1999

DAVIES, A.R., Mass-mediated awareness campaigns - towards a research framework Working Paper,

Research Expertise


My research examines socio-political and spatial aspects of environmental policy making. Completed projects have included work on environmental planning and sustainable development, values and valuation of the environment, the politics of climate change, biodiversity, waste management, sustainability enterprise and sustainable consumption. Current projects are focusing on issues related to environmental governance particularly the role of networks and partnerships under conditions of conflict. Empirical work on these issues has been conducted in a number of locations including New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.


  • Title
    • Citizen Smart
  • Summary
    • Cross cutting thematic project as part of the SFI Spoke ENABLE: Connecting Communities to Smart Urban Environments through the Internet of Things
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
  • Summary
    • With planetary urbanization fast approaching there is growing clarity regarding the unsustainability of cities, not least with respect to food consumption. Sharing, including food sharing, is increasingly being identified as one transformative mechanism for sustainable cities: reducing consumption; conserving resources, preventing waste and providing new forms of socio-economic relations. However, such claims currently rest on thin conceptual and empirical foundations. SHARECITY will identify and examine diverse practices of city-based food sharing economies, first determining their form, function and governance and then identifying their impact and potential to reorient eating practices. The research has four objectives: to advance theoretical understanding of contemporary food sharing economies in cities; to generate a significant body of comparative and novel international empirical knowledge about food sharing economies and their governance within global cities; to design and test an assessment framework for establishing the impact of city-based food sharing economies on societal relations, economic vitality and the environment; and to develop and implement a novel variant of backcasting to explore how food sharing economies within cities might evolve in the future. Providing conceptual insights that bridge sharing, social practice and urban transitions theories, SHARECITY will generate a typology of food sharing economies; a database of food sharing activities in 100 global cities; in-depth food sharing profiles of 7 cities from the contrasting contexts of USA, Brazil and Germany, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Australia; a sustainability impact toolkit to enable examination of city-based food sharing initiatives; and scenarios for future food sharing in cities. Conducting such frontier science SHARECITY will open new research horizons to substantively improve understanding of how, why and to what end people share food within cities in the 21st Century.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Research Council
  • Date From
    • 1/10/15
  • Date To
    • 31/09/2020
  • Title
    • CONSENSUS:consumption, environment and sustainability
  • Summary
    • This research examines four key areas of household consumption that inhibit our ability to achieve sustainable development: transport, energy, water and food. Four themes are developed: how consumption can be measured and evaluated; how sustainable behaviours and incentives are being developed and implemented; identifying links between consumption, health and well-being; and finally how matters of household consumption are being governed through institutional practice and participation
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 1/1/09
  • Date To
    • 31/12/15
  • Title
    • BRIDGE- Communicating across the science policy divide
  • Summary
    • This research will co-create a toolkit for good practice communication between researchers, policy makers and intermediaries such as journalists and NGOs working in the fields of biodiversity, climate change and water
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • Jan 2013
  • Date To
    • Sept 2013
  • Title
    • Creating a Sustainable Economy
  • Summary
    • The Stern Review (2006), which examined the economics of global climate change, brought unprecedented attention to the economy-environment interface and reiterated calls for more sustainable development. Although highly contested, sustainable development is frequently conceptualised as that which contributes to social, economic and environmental well-being for present and future generations. While many aspects of modern life are now globalised the ethos of sustainable development seeks to foster more integrated and inclusive practices that facilitate 'thinking globally, [and] acting locally'. It is in this context that social economy enterprises - defined as non-profit activities designed to combat exclusion through socially useful goods or services sold - have been identified by the United Nations, the European Union and many national governments as a mechanism through which economic growth can contribute to sustainable social development, inclusion and well-being. Within the social economy arena environmentally-focused social economy (ESE) enterprises, such as community-based recycling organisations, gardening initiatives and fuel poverty programmes, explicitly engage with all three pillars of sustainable development. While such initiatives have been experiencing a period of expansion in the European Union no systematic analysis has been undertaken of their activities, the conditions that shape those activities or the contribution they are making towards sustainable development in Ireland. In order to address this analytical deficiency this project will extend theoretical debates about sustainability and the social economy, particularly drawing out issues of scale and governance, through an empirically grounded evaluation of ESE enterprises. Methodologically the project comprises a phased multi-method research programme including a nationwide survey and mapping exercise, in-depth case study analysis and the development of a sustainability impacts procedure. The research findings will expand understanding of the sustainability-social economy interface within the current development context in Ireland and will be of interest to domestic and international academic and policy making communities.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • 03/03/08
  • Date To
    • 03/03/11
  • Title
    • Communicating environmental risk: waste, incineration and dioxins
  • Summary
    • Concerns remain in society about the risks to human health and the environment associated with waste incineration and with the toxicity of the by-products that incineration creates despite the reassurances of regulators, politicians and industry. This project examines and evaluates the ways in which debates about risks related to incineration have been conducted in Ireland in order to facilitate a better understanding of how incineration risk communication is produced and received.
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • October 2006
  • Date To
    • March 2010
  • Title
    • Biodiversity politics: policy, planning and public understanding
  • Summary
    • While effective biodiversity planning involves a detailed understanding of natural processes and ecosystem functioning it is becoming increasingly apparent that successful protection and enhancement of biodiversity will also require a clear understanding of the politics of policy making and a supportive public. In order to inform management practices in Ireland key actors and publics (including children) will be engaged in discussions concerning the protection and enhancement of biodiversity. This qualitative data will provide essential information on fundamental issues of power, politics and participation in biodiversity planning and detailed analysis of the data will generate recommendations for improved mechanisms to promote positive biodiversity management.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 1/4/06
  • Date To
    • 31/12/09
  • Title
    • BIOCHANGE - Research Cluster
  • Summary
    • The Irish Environmental Protection Agency has funded, in excess of €1.6 million, a major integrated project on Irish biodiversity titled Biodiversity and environmental change: an integrated study encompassing a range of scales, taxa and habitats. This project, which will run for 42 months, will involve multi-disciplinary research across nine Irish research institutions working in close collaboration. The partners in the project are: BEC Consultants Ltd, Central Fisheries Board, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick. The overall project co-ordinator is Dr Steve Waldren (TCD,
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2006
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • Evaluating domestic waste collection charges and their impacts: a nationwide study of weight and use based mechanisms
  • Summary
    • A review of the nationwide experience of weight-based domestic waste collection charges' aims to analyse and evaluate the use of weight and use based domestic waste collection charges in Ireland. The project will examine the effectiveness of the various schemes in terms of displaying a reduction in domestic waste to landfill and waste recycled, and will include an investigation into the prevalence of illegal dumping of domestic waste in the light of the introduction of these charges. This information will be gathered through both a desk-based study of international research into the impact of weight-based waste collection charges and empirical fieldwork combining qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 1/2/06
  • Date To
    • 1/04/08
  • Title
    • An opportunity not to be wasted: civil society and the governance of waste in Ireland
  • Summary
    • [€35,000]. I am the sole and principal investigator on this research project. I currently have a research assistant working on the project for six months of the award period. This research is examining the form and functioning of civil society in relation to waste issues and evaluating the future potential of civil society to contribute to the sustainable governance of waste in Ireland. This is significant as public policy arenas are no longer the preserve of formal government structures. Instead policy making is a complex system of governance involving different tiers of government and different spheres of public, private and civil society activity. The management of Ireland's waste is a key area where such systems of governance can be identified. Waste management practices have been informed by governments, from the EU to local authorities, environmental consultancies and industry, but civil society, through community groups and environmental organisations, has also been mobilized around waste issues. So far, however, analyses of waste management in Ireland have focused on actions of the state and on technical issues of disposal. While there is an emerging body of literature on individual and household attitudes and actions in relation to waste a critical analysis of civil society's role in waste management is absent. It is this gap in research that this project will address.
  • Funding Agency
    • Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Geographies of Waste: governance, scale and networks
  • Summary
    • [€38,000] Previously perceived as a local, technical issue for governments, waste management is now also a global, socio-political process involving complex patterns of multilevel governance. This fellowship will facilitate the development of a research monograph to examine the neglected geographies of waste, in particular the integral processes of translocalisation and politicisation inherent in waste management. The text will compare waste management practices in Ireland, Switzerland and New Zealand. The New Zealand component of the research was initiated in December 2003 and this work was funded through the Trinity College Maintenance Grant, further research will be conducted in New Zealand in 2005. The EPA funded research in addition to the work on anti-incineration campaigns (Trinity) and civil society (Royal Irish Academy) detailed above will form the background for the Irish case study and the Switzerland data will build on information gathered during a field study to Switzerland, funded by the Swiss Embassy in May 2003. The Fellowship runs for one academic year and provides €38000 to provide for a replacement lecturer to cover teaching and administrative duties. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award that takes applications from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. No other geographer was awarded a Fellowship in this round and was no other lecturer in Trinity (a Professor in Economics did achieve a similar award).
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS Fellowship Scheme
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • STATUS - Sustainability tools and targets for the urban thematic strategy
  • Summary
    • [My component of the overall grant = €25,000, total grant = €1,000,000] The Urban Thematic Strategy (UTS) is one of seven Thematic Strategies, which together comprise the European Community's 6th Environment Action Programme. The UTS is a new way of developing environmental policy for complex problems that require a broad approach, and needs to respond to the differing economic, social and physical contexts, which apply across the European Union (EU). The EU has agreed that the theme of sustainable development should underpin all EU actions and this, therefore, is the key organising principle for the UTS. STATUS has as its principal aim the development of flexible targets for local authorities across Europe, to be self-assessed against the themes of the UTS through an on-line tool. The tool will be supported by a validation mechanism, to assist local authorities in focusing on relevant policy areas for sustainable development. The prototype tool and mechanism will build on the synergies between the already existing initiatives (e.g. European Common Indicators, Urban Audit; and Lasala On-line) for assessing progress towards urban sustainable development. This proposal has seven core partners including myself, the others are: University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK); Abo Akademi University (Finland); International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives European Secretariat GmbH (European body); Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland); VTT Technical Research Centre Of Finland, VTT Building And Transport (Finland); Ecologica Ltd (UK); Ambiente Italia S.r.l (Italy).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU 6th Framework Bid to Specific Targeted Research Project
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • STATUS - Network
  • Summary
    • Sustainability Tools and Techniques for Urban Sustainable Development. Partners from UK, Italy, Germany, Finland and Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • EU 6th Framework
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Multi-Level Governance and Climate Change Networks in Ireland
  • Summary
    • [€6,000]. I am the sole and principal investigator on this project. This project investigates the impact of multi-level governance and trans-national environmental networks on climate change policy and practice in Ireland. Two trans-national environmental networks for climate change - Energie Cités and Cities for Climate Protection - that are active in Ireland are being examined and compared. These case studies will provide an opportunity to: gauge the significance of forms of multi-level governance in addressing global environmental problems; assess the ways in which such networks foster policy learning across different spatial scales; and examine their impact on policies to address climate change at local, national and supra-national scales. A survey of all Energy Agencies in Ireland (the main actor in local actions for climate change and potential members of climate change networks) has been conducted and in-depth interviews with key actors in both transnational networks and representatives of three Energy Agencies, Galway City, Dublin and County Cork completed. This work complements theoretical investigation of environmental governance work being undertaken with European colleagues and is being published in international peer-reviewed journals (see publications list for details). As a result of this work I have been asked to become a member of the Meath Energy Agency Scientific Committee, as mentioned in previous sections of this report.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS Small Projects Grant 2002
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2004
  • Title
    • Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour: values, actions and waste management
  • Summary
    • [€143,603]. This three year project, which began in 2001, involves a nested methodological framework developed to establish the attitudes of householders towards, and actions in relation to, waste management in Ireland. I am the co-principal investigator for this grant with Prof. David Taylor. I designed the research project application and structure based on previous experience with a similar project for my post-doctoral research at Cambridge University. Following a quantitative survey of 1,500 householders in three case study locations (Kerry, Galway and Fingal) in-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted to explore the reasoning behind stated attitudes and actions. A 'model household' exercise is being conducted to establish the main barriers and opportunities for improving waste management activities amongst householders in Ireland. Preliminary findings from this project have been presented both within Ireland and at overseas conferences. In addition work has been published in Irish Geography (see publications for details). Further articles are currently being produced for internationally peer-reviewed articles.
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency ERTDI Scheme, Code 2001-MS-SE2-M1
  • Date From
    • 2001
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • Anti-Incineration Movements in Ireland
  • Summary
    • [€8,000]. I am the sole and principal investigator on this project. Following the Waste Management Act 1996, and its subsequent amendment in 2001, incineration of municipal waste as a waste management option in Ireland has been enshrined in Waste Management Plans throughout the Republic. The National Government has supported the development of waste-to-energy thermal treatment as a means of complying with the EU waste hierarchy and as an improvement on landfill disposal of municipal waste. The decision to build municipal incinerators for the first time in Ireland has though generated huge controversy amongst environmental groups at national and local levels and amongst local communities facing the location of incinerators in their neighbourhoods. Debate about the incineration issue in Ireland has been dominated by expert-driven technical and scientific arguments regarding emissions from thermal treatment facilities. While important, such analyses are alone insufficient to establish the full form and function of social opposition to incineration facilities. To provide greater depth of understanding this study examines the social processes that have been mobilised around the issue of incineration, in particular the scale, form and practice of anti-incineration protests. The study has two components: first, a content analysis of media coverage of the waste issues (including incineration), specifically through the National and local press; second, a set of in-depth interviews with key players in the incineration debate. Preliminary findings of this research have been presented at the Annual Royal Geographical Conference in London (2003) and at Cork University (2004).
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Start-up Fund
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • Governance and planning for sustainable living.
  • Summary
    • Euro 138,752 (with Professor David Taylor)
  • Funding Agency
    • COHMAR
  • Date From
    • Jan 2009
  • Date To
    • Dec 2011


Biodiversity and Conservation; Environmental Planning; Environmental planning and sustainable development; Environmental Policy; Environmental politics; Public Policy; Socio economic issues; Waste Management; Waste Management, Recycling



Editorial Board, Royal Geographical Society Book Series 2017-

Member of Expert Advisory Group for National Citizen's Assembly on Climate Change 2017

Editorial Board Journal of Environmental Policy and planning 2018

National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change 2015-

Evaluator, ERC Consolidator Awards (2017), Advanced Awards (2015) 2015-

Chair, Future Earth Ireland, RIA 2015-2018

Editorial Board, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society August 2014

OECD Expert witness, Workshop, OECD, Paris - Future of Food September 2014

OECD - Subject Expert. Long term scenarios for food and agriculture 03/12/2013

Expert Reviewer: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 23/01/2014

Expert Reviewer: FORMAS: Swedish Research Council: Use of Natural Resources 2013-present

Domain Expert to EU COST Domain ISCH Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health 2011-14

Chair: Future Earth Organising Committee, RIA 01/01/2014-present

National Economic & Social Council Member (Independent member appointed by Taoiseach) 2011-present

Royal Irish Academy Geographical Sciences Committee 2009-present

Editorial board of Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability 2002 - Present

Board of Directors, The Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun 2010

Editorial Board - Geography Compass (Blackwell International Online Journal) 2006-present

Assessor of research grant proposals and participated in grant-awarding panels for: Economic and Social Research Council (UK) 2004-present

Expert Review Panel - Irish Fulbright Post-Graduate Award Scheme (Ireland-USA) 2004-2006

Assessed research grant proposals and participated in grant-awarding panels for the following bodies: IRCHSS Small Project Grants (Ireland) 2004

Expert Validation Panel: DIT Planning and Sustainable Development Masters Courses 2004

External Selection Board: Lectureships/Head of Discipline DIT - Faculty of Built Environment 2004

Reviewer for Environmental Values 2002 - Present

Reviewer for Local Environment 2002 - Present

Reviewer for Irish Geography 2002 - Present

Reviewer for Environment and Planning A 2002 - Present

Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 2002 - Present

Expert Reviewer: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 23/01/2014

Reviewer for The Geography Journal 2002 - Present

Editorial Board One Earth 2018

Awards and Honours

Irish Researcher of the Year 2018

Membership, Royal Irish Academy 2017

Geography Society of Ireland: Award Services to Society, Community and Environment 2013

Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 2007

MA (jure officii) Trinity College Dublin 2005

Visiting Fellowship, University of Auckland, New Zealand 2005

IRCHSS Research Fellowship 2004

Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs Fellowship 2000

Overseas Researcher Award, Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers 2002

Earthwatch/Guinness Earth Science Fellowship 1995


Member, Royal Irish Academy 2017

Royal Irish Academy, Geographical and Geosciences Committee 2014 – 2017

Chair, Future Earth Organising Committee, Royal Irish Academy January 2014 – 2018

Royal Irish Academy, Geographical Sciences Committee 2009 – 2012

Royal Geographical Society (RGS), UK 1998 – present

Geography Society of Ireland 2001 – present

Planning and Environment Research Group, RGS 1999 – present

Chair Planning and Environment Research Group, RGS 2007 – 2009

Secretary, Planning Environment Research Group 2006 – 2007

Membership Secretary of the Planning and Environment Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society 2003 – 2006

ERSCP 2014-present