Robert Devoy, is Professor in Geography (emeritus), University College Cork (UCC). His career and work have been involved particularly within the fields of coastal science, sea-level changes and coastal management. He was a lead member of the Nobel Prize awarded Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 Working Group II and was a Reviewer in IPCC AR5 (2013-2014). He was formerly Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Planning in UCC and is currently member of the Climate Change National Adaptation Committee, a research associate at the Geography Department, UCC, a senior scientist, technical advisor and consultant in MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, UCC.
Val Cummins has contributed over 20 years of expertise in the field coastal governance, ocean innovation and sustainability. She is currently working as a company Director for the Simply Blue Group, focused on floating offshore wind development. Prior to that she was a senior lecturer and principal investigator in UCC, where she led the development of marine research capacity in Ringaskiddy. She has contributed to the UN World Ocean Assessment and served as Co-Chair of Future Earth Coasts for six years to 2020.
Barry Brunt is a former Head of Department and lecturer in the Department of Geography, UCC, where he also coordinated integrated degree programmes in European Studies. His teaching and research involved economic geography, port systems and trade, regional development, applied especially to Ireland and the spatial implications of EU policies. He has published extensively in these areas. Currently, he is a research associate at the Geography Department, UCC and is an advisor in geography education for the EU.
Darius Bartlett is a research associate and retired lecturer in the Department of Geography, UCC, where he taught courses in Geographical Information Systems, introductory cartography, physical geography and environmental issues. He has published five books on the application of geoinformatics to coastal issues, and on the management of environmental hazards. He has been a member of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Coastal Systems since the 1980s. He has served on the Scientific Committees of the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) of the University of Western Brittany (France); the International Centre for Coastal and Ocean Policy Studies (ICCOPS) at the University of Genoa, Italy; and the Executive Council of IRLOGI, the Irish Organisation for Geographical Information.
Sarah Kandrot is an expert in the use of geoinformatics tech - nologies for coastal and marine applications. She has worked as a researcher and consultant on a range of projects in the areas of sus - tainability, renewable energy, climate, environmental management and coastal geomorphology. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher at MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine at UCC, she is currently Head of Aerial Surveys at Green Rebel Marine.
Zoë O' Hanlon
Zoë O' Hanlon is a Project Management Support Officer at Simply Blue Group. She has a keen interest in renewable energy and has worked professionally as a researcher with UCC on fixed and floating offshore wind projects in the field of marine policy.
Kyle Fawkes is a research fellow with Future Earth Coasts. He has been involved in delivering public policy research on global environmental governance and the UN World Ocean Assessment while at UCC.