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ERI Staff appointed to Citizens’ Assembly Expert Advisory Group on Climate Change

12 Jul

Dr Áine Ryall (School of Law/ERI) and Dr Margaret Desmond (MaREI/ERI) have been appointed to the Citizens’ Assembly Expert Advisory Group for the topic “How the State Can Make Ireland a Leader in Tackling Climate Change”.

The Expert Advisory Group has been established to assist the work of the Assembly in terms of preparing information and advice and is comprised of academics/practitioners across a number of specific fields of interest. The Group supports the Chair and Secretariat in constructing a fair, balanced and comprehensive work programme for the Assembly on each of the topics it is tasked with examining.

The Citizens' Assembly is an exercise in deliberative democracy, placing the citizen at the heart of important legal and policy issues facing Irish society today. On September 30th and October 1st 2017, the Citizens’ Assembly will meet to discuss how Ireland can lead in tackling climate change. Once consideration of this topic by the Assembly is completed, it will produce a report and make recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Dr Margaret Desmond is a Senior Research Fellow in climate change impacts and adaptation in the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, UCC. Her research is focused on the themes of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation decision making. Dr Áine Ryall is a Senior Lecturer in environmental law in the School of Law, UCC. Her research focuses on environmental assessment, access to justice, climate law and governance, environmental law enforcement and implementation of the Aarhus Convention.

Further information on the Expert Advisory Group is available here:

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork