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College Photo Name Davies, Anna
Main Department Geography
College Title Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 1554
I joined the Department of Geography in September 2001 from a lectureship at Kings College London. My research, which falls into the broad field of social science, focuses on environmental governance, specifically within the sectors of environmental awareness, waste management, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development. These are issues both of key national and international significance in the field of public policy as clearly demonstrated in the attention given to them in government, industry, the media, community-based organisations and through increasing public concern. My major research focus for the first three years after arriving at Trinity was an Environmental Protection Agency funded project that I designed ‘Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour: values, actions and waste management’. I was awarded an IRCHSS Fellowship 2004/5 in order to complete the research monograph on ‘The Geographies of Waste’ (Ashgate, 2008). Subsequently I have had projects funded examining sustainability indicators (EU FP6), civil society and waste management (Royal Irish Academy), creating a sustainable economy (IRCHSS) and various EPA projects including Biodiveristy politics, climate change, environmental risk communication, waste charges and sustainable consumption.
Details Date
Editorial Board, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Econhomy 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 Enviornmental Protection Agency 23/01/2014
Expert Reviewer: FORMAS: Swedish Research Council: Use of Natural Resources 2013-present
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Royal Irish Academy, Geographical and Geosciences Committee 2014 2017
Chair, Future Earth Organising Committee, Royal Irish Academy January 2014 present
Royal Irish Academy, Geographical Sciences Committee 2009 2012
Royal Geographical Society (RGS), UK 1998 present
Geography Society of Ireland 2001 present
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
Geography Society of Ireland: Award Services to Society, Community adn 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
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Description of Research Interests
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.
Research Interests
Biodiversity and Conservation Environmental Planning Environmental Policy Environmental Politics
Environmental planning and sustainable development Environmental politics Public Policy Socio economic issues
Waste Management Waste Management, Recycling
Research Projects
Project 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 measurd 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
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project
Date from 1/1/09
Date to 31/12/15
Person Months 84

Project 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
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project Desk Study
Date from Jan 2013
Date to Sept 2013
Person Months 8

Project title Creating a Sustainable Economy
Summary The Stern Review (2006), which examined the economics of global climate change, brought unprecendented 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
Programme Thematic Grant Award
Type of Project Applied
Date from 03/03/08
Date to 03/03/11
Person Months 36

Project 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
Programme ERTDI 2000-2006
Type of Project
Date from October 2006
Date to March 2010
Person Months

Project 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
Programme ERTDI - BIodiversity
Type of Project
Date from 1/4/06
Date to 31/12/09
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Anna R. Davies and Ruth Doyle, Shiftshaping: exploring practice-oriented participatory backcasting for imagining socio-ecological transformation of household consumption, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2015
Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, and Henrike Rau, Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future , London, Routledge, 2014
Anna Davies, Future of Food Consumption, OECD Future of Food, OECD Paris, Sept. 2014, 2014, OECD
Anna R. Davies, Environmental Futures, in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, 2014
TARA - Full Text
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
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