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Dr Ciara Brennan

Background

Dr Ciara Brennan is a Lecturer at Newcastle University where she has taught Environmental Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2012. She attended Queens University Belfast, and holds an LLB, an MSc (with distinction) in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a PhD. Ciara is the Director of EJNI and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In July 2020, Ciara was appointed to the Francis Taylor Buildings Academic Panel and she is embarking on a Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Sabbatical hosted by Friends of the Earth NI from September 2020.

Area of Interest

Environmental justice, environmental rights, environmental governance, enforcement of environmental law, transdisciplinary research. More information on Ciara’s current research is available here.

Publications and Links

Ciara Brennan, Mary Dobbs, Viviane Gravey ‘Out of the frying pan, into the fire? Environmental governance vulnerabilities in post-Brexit Northern Ireland’ (2019) Environmental Law Review 21(2), 84-110. A peer-reviewed academic article considering potential environmental governance problems in Northern Ireland post-Brexit: available here.

Ciara Brennan, Mary Dobbs, ‘Reality bites: The implications of scrutiny-free environmental law reform in Northern Ireland after Brexit’ (March, 2019). A blog post on the lack of scrutiny of proposed environmental law reforms post-Brexit in Northern Ireland: available here.

Ciara Brennan, Mary Dobbs, Viviane Gravey and Attracta Uí Bhroin, Policy Paper: ‘The Future of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland’ (July, 2018). A policy paper on the future of environmental governance in Northern Ireland: available here.

Ciara Brennan, Ray Purdy and Peter Hjerp, ‘Political, Economic and Environmental Crisis in Northern Ireland: The True Cost of Environmental Governance Failures and Opportunities for Reform’ (2017) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 68(2) 123-157. A peer-reviewed academic article documenting in detail the history of environmental governance in Northern Ireland: available here.

Ciara Brennan, ‘The Enforcement of Waste Regulation in Northern Ireland: Deterrence, Dumping and the Dynamics of Devolution’ (2016) Journal of Environmental Law (28)3, 471-496. A peer-reviewed academic article chronicling the problems associated with the enforcement of waste law and regulation in Northern Ireland: available here.

Sharon Turner and Ciara Brennan ‘Modernising environmental regulation in Northern Ireland: a case study in devolved decision-making’ (2012) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 63 (4) 509-32. A peer-reviewed academic article examining the experience of devolved decision-making on the environment in Northern Ireland: available here.

Contact

ciara.brennan@ncl.ac.uk

Dr Ciara Brennan