Research Profile

Breffni Lennon

Biography

Dr Breffní Lennon works in the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, a research unit of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, having joined in 2015. He is a human geographer researching the social and economic dimensions to the energy transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy and the wider sustainability issues concerning long-term community engagement.

His research engages the “new mobilities paradigm” found within contemporary cultural geography. Understanding these intersections 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).

He has a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Wales, Lampeter and a MA (Research) in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London. His doctoral thesis is an ethnographic study mapping the dynamic, competing identities situated at the interstices of the multi-scalar networks arising from the enmeshment of society, space and technology. 

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
(2019)'Community acceptability and the energy transition: a citizens' perspective'
Lennon, B; Dunphy, NP; Sanvicente, E (2019) 'Community acceptability and the energy transition: a citizens' perspective'. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 9 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'Citizen or consumer? Reconsidering energy citizenship'
Lennon, Breffní; Dunphy, Niall P.; Gaffney, Christine; Revez, Alexandra; Mullally, Gerard; O’Connor, Paul (2019) 'Citizen or consumer? Reconsidering energy citizenship'. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(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, 182 :567-586   [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]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2018)Innovative Business Models to Foster Transition.
Niall P. Dunphy, Breffní Lennon, Esti Sanvicente, Suzi Tart, Daniele Kielmanoicz, John E. Morrissey (2018) Innovative Business Models to Foster Transition. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]
(2018)Report on stakeholders and occupant engagement in the pilot projects.
Rosemarie Mac Sweeney, Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy (2018) Report on stakeholders and occupant engagement in the pilot projects. Cordis, Luxembourg.   [Details]
(2018)Energy Management Approaches for Sustainable Communities.
Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy, Esti Sanvicente, Joanne Hillman, John E. Morrissey (2018) Energy Management Approaches for Sustainable Communities. ENTRUST, H2020 Project. [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Intersectional Analysis of Energy Practices.
Niall P. Dunphy, Alexandra Revez, Christine Gaffney, Breffní Lennon, Ariadna Ramis Aguilo, John Morrissey, Stephen Axon (2017) Intersectional Analysis of Energy Practices. ENTRUST, H2020 Project.   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Intersectional Analysis of Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Energy Technologies.
Niall P. Dunphy, Alexandra Revez, Christine Gaffney, Breffní Lennon (2017) Intersectional Analysis of Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Energy Technologies. ENTRUST, H2020 Project.   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Synthesis of socio-economic, technical, market and policy analyses.
Niall P. Dunphy, Alexandra Revez, Christine Gaffney, Breffní Lennon, Estibaliz Sanvicente, Alberto Landini, John Morrissey (2017) Synthesis of socio-economic, technical, market and policy analyses. ENTRUST, H2020 Project.   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Policy toolkit typology.
François Aze, Soraya Molinero, Suzi Tart, Esti Sanvicente, Niall P. Dunphy, Breffní Lennon, Alexandra Revez, John E. Morrissey, Stephen Axon, Jayne Woolford (2017) Policy toolkit typology. ENTRUST, H2020 Project. [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Energy system visioning and low-carbon configurations.
John E. Morrissey, Stephen Axon, Rosita Aiesha, Joanne Hillman, Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy (2017) Energy system visioning and low-carbon configurations. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Innovation Pathways to Transition.
John E. Morrissey, Stephen Axon, Joanne Hillman, Soraya Molinero Pérez, Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy (2017) Innovation Pathways to Transition. ENTRUST, H2020 Project. [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives.
John E. Morrissey, Stephen Axon, Rosita Aiesha, Joanne Hillman, Alexandra Revez, Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy, Mathieu Salel, Eva Boo (2016) Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Review of market-driven approaches in sustainable energy policies.
Mathieu Salel, Eva Boo, Breffní Lennon, Christine Gaffney, Alexandra Revez, Niall P. Dunphy, Stephen Axon, Rosita Aiesha, Josep Otal, Orsetta Chinchinato, Tiziana Melchiorre, Valeria Costantini (2016) Review of market-driven approaches in sustainable energy policies. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Knowledge and Communication Platform: Initial Plan for Content.
Breffní Lennon, Christine Gaffney, Niall P. Dunphy (2016) Knowledge and Communication Platform: Initial Plan for Content. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives.
John E. Morrissey, Stephen Axon, Rosita Aiesha, Joanne Hillman, Alexandra Revez, Breffní Lennon, Niall P. Dunphy, Mathieu Salel, Eva Boo (2016) Identification and Characterisation of Energy Behaviour Change Initiatives. ENTRUST, H2020 project. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2017)Economy and Society PhD Summer School, Blackwater Castle, Cork
Gerard M. Mullally, Niall P. Dunphy, Clodagh Harris, Brian O'Gallachor, Edmond P. Byrne, Breffní Lennon, Christine Gaffney, Alexandra Revez, Paul O’Connor, Clare Watson, Evan Boyle, Colin Sage (2017) Energetic Communities: Reflecting on Reflexivity in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Transitions Research Economy and Society PhD Summer School, Blackwater Castle, Cork [Details]
(2017)Proceedings of Sustainable Places Conference
Michael Oates, Giulia Barbano, Jessica Bergs, Niall Dunphy, Breffní Lennon and Alberto Landini (2017) Methodology for a Socio-Technical Approach to Sharing Knowledge and Promoting Dialogue via Use of a Knowledge and Communication Platform Proceedings of Sustainable Places Conference , pp.1-10   [DOI] [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]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2019)What next for sustainable development? Our common future at thirty.
Lennon, B (2019) What next for sustainable development? Our common future at thirty. ABINGDON: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2019)The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation.
Lennon, B (2019) The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation. HOBOKEN: Book Reviews [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)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]
(2009)Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS.
Breffní Lennon (2009) Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS. 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]

PhD Thesis

 YearPublication
(2011)Mobility and Turbulence in the Socio-environmental Flows of the European Union: Explaining Resistance to Wind Energy Policy in the Spatial Planning Process.
Breffní Lennon (2011) Mobility and Turbulence in the Socio-environmental Flows of the European Union: Explaining Resistance to Wind Energy Policy in the Spatial Planning Process. PhD Thesis [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(1999)MA (Research) The Yasuni National Park Expedition: Representation and Knowledge Creation in Field-Research.
Breffní Lennon (1999) MA (Research) The Yasuni National Park Expedition: Representation and Knowledge Creation in Field-Research. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]
(1998)BA (Hons) A Geographical History of the Phoenix Park as a Cultural and Symbolic Landscape.
Breffní Lennon (1998) BA (Hons) A Geographical History of the Phoenix Park as a Cultural and Symbolic Landscape. Thesis/Dissertation [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
(2019)EUGEO2019 - 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers,
Breffní Lennon and Niall Dunphy (2019) Weaponising Place: contextualising civic mobilisation and the energy transition. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], EUGEO2019 - 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018)50th Conference of Irish Geographers,
Breffní Lennon and Niall Dunphy (2018) Energy Consumer to Energy Citizen: reflections on citizens’ lived experiences as they intersect the energy transition. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 50th Conference of Irish Geographers, Maynooth University , 10-MAY-18 - 12-MAY-18. [Details]
(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,
Gerard M. Mullally, Niall P. Dunphy, John McCarthy, Linda Connolly Clodagh Harris, Breffní Lennon, and Christine Gaffney (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,
Niall P. Dunphy, Gerard M. Mullally, Linda Connolly, John McCarthy, Cloadgh Harris, Breffní Lennon, Christine Gaffney (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,
Breffní Lennon & Niall P. Dunphy (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
2012University College Cork Ph.D.European Renewable Energy Policy and Spatial Planning Analysis
2000University of Wales, Lampeter Postgraduate CertificateManagement Studies
1999Royal Holloway, U. of London MA (Research)Cultural Geography
1998University of Wales, Lampeter BA (Single Honours)Geography

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)

Contact details

Search profiles by name

Search profiles by topic

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Innealtóireacht Shibhialta agus Timpeallachta

University College Cork, Cork

Top