Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Robin

Contact Surname: Curry

Contact Address:

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT9 5AG Northern Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +44 (0) 28 9097 6533

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: r.curry@qub.ac.uk

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Queen's University Belfast

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/Staff/AcademicStaff/DrRobinCurry/

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
I carry out interdisciplinary research in fields ranging from construction and infrastructure development to product design, which involve the application and ongoing development of a range of methodologies to the measurement and assessment of resource efficiency and sustainability. These are resource, ecological and carbon accounting methodologies which are consistent with thermodynamics and ecological principles. A particular focus of my research is how to combine different methods to optimise their use for design and policy making. Life Cycle Analysis. Experienced LCA researcher and practitioner, currently Principal Investigator of BioGas to BioRefinery, Life Cycle Analysis and CBA of advanced utilisation options for Biogas from Wastes in Northern Ireland, funded by the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) http://www.case-research.net/ Environment Agency (England and Wales) Waste and Resources Assessment Tool for the Environment (WRATE) Expert User. Experienced LCA peer reviewer. Curry et al. (2011). A streamlined life-cycle assessment and decision tool for used tyres recycling. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Waste and Resource Management. November 2011. Material Flow Analysis. Principal Investigator on economy-wide Material Flow Analysis (MFA) projects for Northern Ireland and Ireland. Island Limits, the Material Flow Analysis and Ecological Footprint of Ireland, applied MFA, Environmentally-Extended Input-Output Analysis (EE-IO) and the Ecological Footprint to the assessment of the sustainability of a National economy. Published as: Curry R and Maguire C. (2008). Island Limits. A Material Flow Analysis and Ecological Footprint of Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency. Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007–2013. ISBN: 1-84095-258-X http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/research/econ/name,24567,en.html Curry et al. (2014). Measuring the sustainability of a national economy. The application of three measures of sustainability to Ireland. Irish Geography. May 2014. Ecological and Carbon Footprints. Over 10 years experience in the application of ecological and carbon footprinting, from community to national levels. Principal Investigator on Northern Visions, the Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis of Northern Ireland (2008). Curry R and Maguire C. (2011). The use of Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in regional policy making: application and insights using the REAP model. Local Environment. Vol 16. No 9. 917-936 This paper was selected by the European Commission for inclusion in Science for Environment Policy. Climate Transitions. Co-investigator on current EPA STRIVE Project 'Catalysing & Characterising Transitions in Ireland', in conjunction with Prof. Geraint Ellis of the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Prof. John Barry (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy). The project will develop an analytical framework for understanding energy transition in Ireland, which will help frame future EPA research in this area. The research will involve systematic reviews of existing research on transition management, will take a number of international case studies of energy transition and will map the state of transition of specific technological sectors in Ireland (for example, bio-energy). The overall aim is to benchmark the Ireland’s progress to a low carbon economy and identify future research areas to support this aim. The project is being rolled out through a series of working papers that will be available on the project website and culminates in the summer of 2017 with a series of high profile academic and policy-orientated seminars. http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/TheInstituteofSpatialandEnvironmentalPlanning/Impact/CurrentResearchProjects/ Stakeholder Analysis. The application of research cannot be considered in isolation from the users of this research, whether this be industry, or policy makers. I have applied a number of innovative approaches to stakeholder analysis which attempt to improve our understanding of how stakeholders frame or understand the outputs of the research community. I have a particular interest in the use of Q methodology, which allows the analysis of subjective viewpoints in a structured and statistically interpretable form. Curry et al (2013). Northern Visions? Applying Q methodology to understand stakeholder views on the environmental and resource dimensions of sustainability. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Volume 56, Issue 5, 2013.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Interdisciplinary research, Life Cycle Analysis, thermodynamics, sustainability, Material Flow Analysis, Environmentally-Extended Input-Output Analysis, Ecological Footprint, Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, Stakeholder Analysis, project management, Climate Transitions, systematic review, transition management, low carbon economy, bio-energy, resource management, BioEconomy, Circular Economy, BioGas, BioRefinery, Industrial Ecology

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Ecological and Carbon Footprints. Over 10 years experience in the application of ecological and carbon footprinting, from community to national levels. Principal Investigator on Northern Visions, the Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis of Northern Ireland (2008). Curry R and Maguire C. (2011). The use of Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in regional policy making: application and insights using the REAP model. Local Environment. Vol 16. No 9. 917-936 This paper was selected by the European Commission for inclusion in Science for Environment Policy.

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Improve societal awareness and skills on raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Focus Areas

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

European Commission Directorate-General for Research. FP7/Horizon2020. Expert Evaluator.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

European Commission, DG Environment. Potential of the Ecological Footprint for monitoring environmental impacts from natural resource use. 2008. Analysis of the potential of the Ecological Footprint and related assessment tools for use in the EU’s Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. Co-Investigator.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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