About The Author

I am a Lecturer in Geography at Mary Immaculate College. I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods of sustainability assessment, particularly focused on problems of sustainability in complex systems. Much of my work to date has focused on addressing urban sustainability; including sustainable cities, sustainability and settlement patterns and energy and carbon management.

With a background in Environmental Science, I was awarded my PhD from the University of Limerick in 2006. My thesis was titled ‘Sustainabilty and Settlement Patterns: Indicators and Index Modelling for Decision-making’. In 2008, I moved to Melbourne to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Centre for Design, at RMIT University. This research was funded by the Australian Research Council and investigated the policy implications of economic and environmental savings potentials from the residential sector in Australia. I moved to the University of Otago, New Zealand, in May of 2011, where I was Lecturer in Environmental Management, teaching ‘Developments in Environmental Management’, ‘Advanced Urban Geography’ and ‘Resource Evaluation and Planning’. In Otago, I applied socio-technical transitions theories in analysis of agri-food supply chains and urban systems.

I am actively developing new projects on sustainability transitions, low-carbon development and challenges of the urban environment, particularly related to urban areas in the coastal zone. I welcome approaches from potential collaborators, particularly for Horizon 2020 calls.

Low-Carbon Sustainability Transitions For Social Enterprises

The third sector of the economy, where social enterprises sit, has increasingly become a key driver of social progress where legislative and market failures occur. Social enterprises are a proven model for social change given the autonomous nature of the social-economic model they apply to reduce state social welfare dependence. The contribution of social enterprises