Research Profile

Paul Bolger

Biography

Dr Paul Bolger is manager of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, Ireland. He has a BSc Degree in Environmental Science, holds a PhD in Chemistry, and a Masters in Business Administration. He has worked across academia, industry and government for over 20 years developing long term research solutions for global sustainability challenges.

He is currently Principal Investigator on the Imagining 2050 research project which is engaging with civil society using innovative approaches to co-develop pathways to a low carbon and climate resilient future. He is also Principal Investigator on NEWTRIENTS research project which uses a circular economy approach to produce value-added products from dairy industry wastewater

Dr Bolger is an EPA 2019 Fulbright Scholar in which he examined how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is being utilised at sustainability research institutes at Duke University, Cornell University, Colombia University and Arizona State University to achieve more robust and sustainable research outcomes.

Research Interests

Dr Bolger research interests are in how to utilise interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary (co-production) approaches to address complex environmental challenges, and in how broad academic knowledge across natural and social sciences, humanities, business and law can help society achieve sustainable development goals.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Climate Technology - Realising the PotentialEnvironmental Protection Agency01-JAN-1231-DEC-14
Imagining 2050Environmental Protection Agency01-JAN-1901-APR-21
Higher Diploma in Sustainability in EnterpriseHigher Education Authority01-SEP-2031-DEC-24
Fulbright Irish Scholar AwardEnvironmental Protection Agency18-FEB-1931-JUL-19
NEWTRIENTSEnvironmental Protection Agency01-JAN-1831-DEC-20

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'A Journey in Sustainable Development in an Urban Campus'
Reidy D.; Kirrane M.; Curley B.; Brosnan D.; Koch S.; Bolger P.; Dunphy N.; McCarthy M.; Poland M.; Ryan-Fogarty Y; and O'Halloran J. (2015) 'A Journey in Sustainable Development in an Urban Campus' In: Walter Leal Filho, Luciana Brandli, Olga Kuznetsova, Arminda Maria Finisterra do Paço (eds). Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level. Switzerland: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'A study of faculty perceptions and engagement with interdisciplinary research in university sustainability institutes'
Bolger P. (2020) 'A study of faculty perceptions and engagement with interdisciplinary research in university sustainability institutes'. Journal Of Environmental Studies And Sciences, [DOI] [Details]
(2000)'Current and emerging technologies for extending the lifetime of electroless nickel plating baths'
Bolger P. and Szlag D. (2000) 'Current and emerging technologies for extending the lifetime of electroless nickel plating baths'. Clean Technologies And Environmental Policy, 2 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'An electrochemical system for removing and recovering elemental mercury from a gas stream'
Bolger PT;Szlag DC; (2002) 'An electrochemical system for removing and recovering elemental mercury from a gas stream'. Environmental Science & Technology, 36 (20) [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Investigation into the rejuvenation of spend electroless nickel baths by electrodialysis'
Bolger, PT;Szlag, DC (2002) 'Investigation into the rejuvenation of spend electroless nickel baths by electrodialysis'. Environmental Science & Technology, 36 :2273-2278 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Electrochemical treatment and reuse of nickel plating rinse waters'
Bolger P.;Szlag D. (2002) 'Electrochemical treatment and reuse of nickel plating rinse waters'. Environmental Progress, 21 (3):203-208 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2003)'Membrane Bioreactors: a new option for wastewater managers'
Bolger P. (2003) 'Membrane Bioreactors: a new option for wastewater managers' The Engineers Journal, . [Details]
(2002)'Analysis of electroless nickel solutions by anion chromatography'
Bolger P.;Szlag D. (2002) 'Analysis of electroless nickel solutions by anion chromatography' Plating and Surface Finishing, 89 (3) :52-55. [Details]
(2002)'Regenerating mercury-loaded sorbents'
Britt E Erickson (2002) 'Regenerating mercury-loaded sorbents' Environmental Science and Technology, :408A-409A. [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2016)Climate Technology - Realising the Potential.
Rogan F., Bolger P. and O'Gallachoir B. (2016) Climate Technology - Realising the Potential. Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland.   [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2020)UCC’s interdisciplinary mode of problem solving.
Bolger P. (2020) UCC’s interdisciplinary mode of problem solving. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2020)Climate action is not a New Year's resolution which we can put off.
Bolger P. and Flood S. (2020) Climate action is not a New Year's resolution which we can put off. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2019)How to talk to your mates about climate change?.
Bolger P. (2019) How to talk to your mates about climate change?. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)How do we respond to the wicked problem of climate change?.
Bolger P. (2018) How do we respond to the wicked problem of climate change?. Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019Fulbright Irish Scholar Award Fulbright Ireland-Environmental Protection Agency
1999ORISE Fellowship at the US Environmental Protection Agency US Environmental Protection Agency

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland Chair01-JAN-11 / 31-DEC-15

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Royal Irish Academy Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee Member2019 / 2022

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Bord na Mona Research and Innovation Manager01-JAN-01 / 01-JAN-06
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, United States Postdoctoral Fellow01-JAN-99 / 01-JAN-01
University College Cork Manager, Environmental Research Institute01-JAN-06 / 31-DEC-20

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1999Queen's University of Belfast PhDPhD in Chemistry
2006Open University, United Kingdom Masters in Business Administration (MBA)Business Administration
1994Sligo IT BScEnvironmental Science and Technology

Outreach Activities

 Description

Climate Hackathon: Led the organisation of 24 hour climate change global hackathon in Cork City in 2016 and 2017

Climate in a Bottle: Developed a set of climate change demonstrations for science outreach exhibitions (Climate in a Bottle)

Climate Lab Public Lecture series: Organise regular public lectures on climate change and environment

An Taisce Climate Ambassador

Saturday Science Club founder: Established a Saturday Science Club for local primary school

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Clean Technologies And Environmental Policy Editor-

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