Research Profile

Breffni Lennon

Biography

Breffni Lennon works in the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit in the School of Engineering at University College Cork, having joined in 2015. He is a human geographer researching the social and economic dimensions to the energy transition, in particular renewable energy, along with wider sustainability issues concerning long-term community engagement. His research engages with the “new mobilities paradigm” found within contemporary cultural geographies; and explores the increasingly complex enmeshments of space and mobility in both physical and representative terms. Understanding how these intersections behave informs his analysis of the key research areas he engages with, namely: European energy geographies, sustainability, political ecology discourses, competing representations of urban and rural spaces, analysis of local government and spatial planning practices, as well as landscape studies more generally. He is also interested in how representations of nature and wildness inform debates around socio-environmental sustainability and economic development. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of these socio-environmental intersections in relation to the UN's 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Breffní is also a registered Independent Expert for the European Commission, responsibilities include:
• Evaluation of proposals, prize applications and tenders
• Monitoring of actions, grant agreements, public procurement contracts

Research Interests

energy; resource geographies; governance; climate change; communities; planning & local government; landscape; agency; nature/wildness issue; migration; identity

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'The human factor: Classification of European community-based behaviour change initiatives'
Axon, S; Morrissey, J; Aiesha, R;Joanne Hillman, J; Revez, A; Lennon, B; Salel, M; Dunphy, N; Boo, E (2018) 'The human factor: Classification of European community-based behaviour change initiatives'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'From AER to REFIT: the evolution of renewable energy policy in the Republic of Ireland'
Breffní Lennon (2010) 'From AER to REFIT: the evolution of renewable energy policy in the Republic of Ireland'. Chimera, 25 :21-41 [Details]
(2009)'Modernity and Contemporary Ecological Discourses: A critique of Ecological Modernisation'
Breffní Lennon (2009) 'Modernity and Contemporary Ecological Discourses: A critique of Ecological Modernisation'. Chimera, 24 :12-38 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2017)Sustainable Places 2017 Conference
Oates, M.; Barbano, G.; Bergs, J.; Dunphy, N.; Lennon, B.; Landini, A. (2017) Methodology for a Socio-Technical Approach to Sharing Knowledge and Promoting Dialogue via Use of a Knowledge and Communication Platform Sustainable Places 2017 Conference Middlesbrough, UK, –30 June 2017, , 28-JUN-17 - 30-JUN-17   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Economy and Society PhD Summer School, Blackwater Castle, Cork
Mullally, Gerard M., Dunphy, N., Harris, C., O' Gallachor, B., Byrne, E., Lennon, B., Gaffney, C., Revez, A., O’ Connor, P., Watson, C., Boyle, E., Sage, C. (2017) Energetic Communities: Reflecting on Reflexivity in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Transitions Research Economy and Society PhD Summer School, Blackwater Castle, Cork [Details]
(2012)New Energy Security Challenges
Breffní Lennon (2012) Wind Policy Turbulence: Representations of Energy and Habitat in a Wind Farm Proposal New Energy Security Challenges The Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, , 10-MAY-12 - 11-MAY-12 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2018)Innovative Business Models to Foster Transition.
Dunphy, N., Lennon, B., Sanvicente, E., Tart, S., Kielmanoicz, D. and John Morrissey, J. (2018) Innovative Business Models to Foster Transition. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2016)Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives.
Morrissey, J., Axon, S., Aiesha, R., Hillman, J., Revez, A., Lennon, B., Dunphy, N., Salel, M. & Boo, E. (2016) Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2016)Review of market-driven approaches in sustainable energy policies.
Salel, M., Boo, E., Lennon, B., Gaffney, C., Revez, A., Dunphy, N., Axon, S., Aiesha, R., Otal, J., Chinchinato, O., Melchiorre, T. & Costantini, V. (2016) Review of market-driven approaches in sustainable energy policies. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2018)Energy Management Approaches for Sustainable Communities.
Lennon, B. Dunphy, N., Sanvicente, E., Hillman, J. and Morrissey, J. (2018) Energy Management Approaches for Sustainable Communities. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2017)Policy toolkit typology.
Aze, F., Molinero, S., Tart, S., Sanvicente, E., Dunphy, N., Lennon, B., Revez, A., Morrissey, J., Axon, S. and Woolford, J. (2017) Policy toolkit typology. Luxembourg, Cordis. [Details]
(2017)Energy System Visioning and Low-Carbon Configurations.
Morrissey, J., Axon, S., Aiesha, R., Hillman, J., Lennon, B. and Dunphy, N. (2017) Energy System Visioning and Low-Carbon Configurations. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2017)Innovation Pathways to Transition.
Morrissey, J., Axon, S., Hillman, J., Molinero, Perez, S., Lennon, B. and Dunphy, N. (2017) Innovation Pathways to Transition. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2016)Knowledge and Communication Platform: Initial Plan for Content.
Lennon, B., Gaffney, C. and Dunphy, N. (2016) Knowledge and Communication Platform: Initial Plan for Content. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]
(2016)Recommendations on Europeanisation of national policy dialogues on energy pathways.
Morrissey, J., Axon, S., Aiesha, R., Hillman, J., Revez, A., Lennon, B., Dunphy, N., Salel, M., and Boo, E. (2016) Recommendations on Europeanisation of national policy dialogues on energy pathways. Cordis, Luxembourg. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2019)The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation, by Peter Fleming.
Breffní Lennon (2019) The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation, by Peter Fleming. British Journal of Industrial Relations: Book Reviews   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, Third Edition by John Krygier and Denis Wood, The Guilford Press, New York and London, 2016, 293 pp., paper US $46.75 (ISBN 978-1462509980).
Breffní Lennon (2017) Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, Third Edition by John Krygier and Denis Wood, The Guilford Press, New York and London, 2016, 293 pp., paper US $46.75 (ISBN 978-1462509980). Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Approaches to human geography: Philosophies, theories, people and practices, 2nd edition.
Lennon, Breffni (2016) Approaches to human geography: Philosophies, theories, people and practices, 2nd edition. HOBOKEN: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Between raid and rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916.
Lennon, Breffni (2015) Between raid and rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings.
Breffní Lennon (2013) Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings. Book Reviews   [Details]
(2013)Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account.
Breffní Lennon (2013) Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Cultures of Energy: power, practice, technologies.
Breffní Lennon (2013) Cultures of Energy: power, practice, technologies. University College Cork: Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)The Great Animal Orchestra: finding the origins of music in the world’s wild places.
Breffní Lennon (2013) The Great Animal Orchestra: finding the origins of music in the world’s wild places. University College Cork: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Fiscal fragmentation in decentralized countries: Subsidiarity, solidarity and asymmetry.
Lennon, Breffni (2010) Fiscal fragmentation in decentralized countries: Subsidiarity, solidarity and asymmetry. THOUSAND OAKS: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Building for a changing climate: the challenge for construction, planning and energy.
Lennon, Breffni (2010) Building for a changing climate: the challenge for construction, planning and energy. ABINGDON: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Narratives of Identity and Place.
Breffní Lennon (2010) Narratives of Identity and Place. Online: Book Reviews   [Details]
(2009)The Irish Voter, the nature of electoral competition in the Republic of Ireland.
Breffní Lennon (2009) The Irish Voter, the nature of electoral competition in the Republic of Ireland. University College Cork: Book Reviews [Details]
(2009)Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS.
Breffní Lennon (2009) Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS. Book Reviews [Details]
(2009)All Politics is Local: a Guide to Local Elections in Ireland.
Breffní Lennon (2009) All Politics is Local: a Guide to Local Elections in Ireland. University College Cork: Book Reviews [Details]

Online Multimedia

 YearPublication
(2018)How bike sharing schemes help transform our cities.
Breffni Lennon (2018) How bike sharing schemes help transform our cities. RTÉ Brainstorm: Online Multimedia   [Details]
(2018)How sound helps us to visualise our environment.
Breffní Lennon (2018) How sound helps us to visualise our environment. Online Multimedia   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1998Dissertation of the Year University of Wales, Lampeter

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland Member/
RGS-IBG Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG ) Member/
European Consortium for Political Research Member/
Geography Society of Ireland Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)49th Conference of Irish Geographers,
Breffni Lennon; Niall Dunphy (2017) Empowering the Energy Citizen? Experience and Perspective at the Interface of the Energy Transition. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 49th Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork, Ireland , 04-MAY-17 - 06-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017)RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017,
Breffni Lennon; Niall Dunphy (2017) Activating the Energy Citizen? Negotiation and Agency at the Community Level in the Energy Transition. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London , 29-AUG-17 - 01-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)ENVIRON 2017,
Breffni Lennon; Niall Dunphy (2017) Experience, Dialogue and Negotiation: Identifying Sustainable Energy Transition Pathways. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], ENVIRON 2017, Athlone, Ireland , 10-APR-17 - 12-APR-17. [Details]
(2016)2nd eseia Conference on Smart and Green Transitions in Cities and Regions,
Mullally G; Dunphy, NP; McCarthy, J; Connolly, l; Harris, C; Lennon, B; and Gaffney, C (2016) Energy Citizenship and Public Engagement in Energy Systems Transformations: Reflections on an Emergent Concept. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 2nd eseia Conference on Smart and Green Transitions in Cities and Regions, Technical University, Graz, AT , 04-APR-16 - 06-APR-16. [Details]
(2016)SENIX 2016,
Breffni Lennon; Niall Dunphy (2016) A Tale of Two Communities: Negotiation and Experience at the Interface of the Energy Transition. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], SENIX 2016, Stockholm, Sweden , 13-JUN-16 - 15-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)26th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium,
Dunphy NP, Mullally G, Connolly L, McCarthy J, Harris C, Lennon B, Gaffney C (2016) Energy System Transition Through Stakeholder Activation. [Poster Presentation], 26th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Limerick, Ireland , 22-MAR-16 - 24-MAR-16. [Details]
(2016)26th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium,
Lennon, B & Dunphy, NP (2016) Examining the New Energy Paradigm: Ireland, the Energy Transition and the wider European Experience. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 26th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Limerick , Ireland , 22-MAR-16 - 24-MAR-16. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS College Council Research Staff Representative2015 /
Health & Safety Committee, Department of Geography Postgraduate Representative2008 / 2012
Mayo Islands Committee Secretary2003 / 2007
Irish Society President1997 / 1998

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1998University of Wales, Lampeter BA (Single Honours)Geography
2000University of Wales, Lampeter Postgraduate CertificateManagement Studies
1999Royal Holloway, U. of London MA (Research)Cultural Geography
2012University College Cork Ph.D.European Renewable Energy Policy and Spatial Planning Analysis

Outreach Activities

 Description

I am a board member of the charity "Ireland to India Education Project"

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Environmental Policy & Planning Referee-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests include:
Energy/resource geographies, Community engagement, Sustainability, Planning & local government, Landscape studies, Agency, Nature/wildness issue, identity, climate change.


I contributed to the department’s teaching programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, lecturing for the following modules:
  • GG1005 Physical Geography: An Introduction to the Earth and the Atmosphere (2014, Semester 1: addressed how people interact with the Earth’s environments)
  • GG1013 Environmental Geography (2014)
  • GG6403 Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies MA (2015)
  • GG1003 Cultural Geography: An Introduction to Place, Space and Globalisation (2012/2013)
  • GG1015 Applied Geography (2014/2015)
  • GG2038 Geographical Research Issues and Methods (2007-2014)
  • GG2040 Geographies of Environment and Sustainability (2012)

Laboratory demonstrator for:
  • GG2006 Earth Observation and Measurement, including correcting continuous assessment work (2007-2009)
  • GG2005 Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology, including correcting continuous assessment work (2009-2011)

I sat on the department’s safety committee, 2007-2010. I was Co-Editor of Chimera: The UCC Geographical Journal for academic years 2007/2008 and 2008/2009. I also assisted undergraduate field-trips teaching applied qualitative methods.

I was a member of SEAI’s Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Working Group 2009/2010 and contributor to the IEA’s Social Acceptance Task 28 International Expert Exchange workshop, Galway, 2010. I also contributed to SEAI’s Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Workshop, Dublin, 2009.


Corrected scripts for modules:
  • GG1004 Economic Geography: An introduction to Societies, Economies and Global Development (2013, 2014)
  • GG1005 Physical Geography: In Introduction to the Earth and the Atmosphere (2013, 2014) 
  • GG1013 Environmental Geography (2014)
  • GG2038 Geographical Research Issues and Methods (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • GG2039 Geographical Data Analysis (2013, 2014)
  • GG2040 Geographies of Environment and Sustainability (2012, 2013)
  • GG3045 Food Geography (2012, 2013)

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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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