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Dr. Marcus Collier
Assistant Professor, Botany

Biography

Marcus specialises in social-ecological systems and nature-based solutions. His research includes: land use and land-use change, resilience thinking and societal transitioning, collaborative management and planning, urban and rural governance, biodiversity impact, as well as novel landscapes and landscape elements. Notable examples of his research include the contentious policy issues of: biomass/bioenergy land use policies and implications, afforestation policies and acidification processes, field boundaries and agri-environmental change, resource use and after-use policies, rewilding, GM crops and biodiversity, marine and coastal governance, (cultural) ecosystem services, and well-being. In recent years Marcus has specialised in novel ecosystems and nature-based solutions. As an environmental consultant, prior to entering academia, he worked with volunteers and non-governmental agencies to co-create and implement environmental projects through adaptive collaborative processes. He often draws on his practical experience in the co-creation and co-design of environmental projects to shape empirical research methodologies for use in testing new mechanisms for collecting data. This co-production of knowledge (transdisciplinarity) is essential for achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. His PhD research was an exploration of collaborative governance policies and future land use in severely damaged landscapes. For this, he examined (conflicting) stakeholder rationalities and power asymmetries, resulting in policy prescriptions that have since been adopted by the Irish Government. Marcus is an ERC panel evaluator and chairperson and is Director of Research in the School of Natural Sciences.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Grace, M.; Balzan, M.; Collier, M.J.; Geneletti, D.; Tomaskinova, J.; Abela, R.; Borg, D.; Buhagiar, G., Camilleri, L.; Cardona, M.; Cassar, N.; Cassar, R.; Cattafi, I.; Cauchi, D.; Galea, C.; La Rosa, D.; Malekkidou, E.; Masini, M.; Portelli, P.; Pungetti, G.; Spagnol, M.; Zahra, J.; Zammit, A.; Dicks, L. V., Priority knowledge needs for implementing nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean islands, Environmental Science and Policy, 116, 2021, p56 - 68 Journal Article, 2021 DOI URL URL

Dumitru, A.; Frantzeskaki, N.; Collier, M.J. , Identifying principles for the design of robust impact evaluation frameworks for nature-based solutions in cities, Environmental Science and Policy, (112), 2020, p107 - 116 Journal Article, 2020 DOI URL TARA - Full Text URL URL

Tomaskinova, J.; Dicks, L.; Collier, M.J.; Geneletti, D.; Grace, M.; Longato, D.; Sadula, R.; Stoev, P.; Sapundzhieva, A.; Balzan, M. V., Capacity-building and networking events for nature-based solutions and re-naturing in Malta, Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6, (e60893), 2020, p0 - 0 Journal Article, 2020 URL URL URL TARA - Full Text

Sapundzhieva, A.; Balzan, M. V.; Tomaskinova, J.; De Santis, L.; Collier, M.J.; Williams, J.; Dicks, L.; Grace, M.; Geneletti, D.; Demirova, I., ReNature: creating the first nature-based solutions compendium in the Mediterranean, Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6, (e59646), 2020, p0 - 0 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI URL URL

Collier, M.J.; Bourke, M., The case for mainstreaming nature-based solutions into integrated catchment management in Ireland, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 102B, (2), 2020, p107 - 113 Journal Article, 2020 DOI URL URL TARA - Full Text

Frantzeskaki, N., Vandergert, P., Connop, S., Schipper, K., Zwierzchowska, K., Collier, M.J., & Lodder, M., Examining the policy needs for implementing nature- based solutions in cities: Findings from city-wide transdisciplinary experiences in Glasgow (UK), Genk (Belgium) and Poznań (Poland), Land Use Policy, (e104668), 2020, p0 - 0 Journal Article, 2020 URL DOI URL URL TARA - Full Text

Balzan, M. V.; Tomaskinova, J.; Collier, M.J.; Dicks, L.; Geneletti, D.; Grace, M.; Longato, D.; Sadula, R.; Stoev, P.; Sapundzhieva, A., Building capacity for mainstreaming nature-based solutions into environmental policy and landscape planning, Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6, (e58970), 2020, p0 - 0 Journal Article, 2020 URL TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Nature-based solutions and interventions in cities in, editor(s)A. A. Donnelly and T. E. MacIntyre , Physical Activity in Natural Settings: Green and Blue Exercise, London, Routledge, 2019, pp335 - 348, [MacIntyre, T. E., Gidlow, C., Nieuwenhuijsen, M., Baronian, M., Collier, M.J., Gritzka, S., Warrington, G.] Book Chapter, 2019 DOI URL

Frantzeskaki, N., McPhearson, T., Collier, M.J., Kendal, D., Bulkeley, H., Dumitru, A., Walsh, C., Noble, K., Van Wyk, E., Ordóñez, C., Oke, C, Pintér, L. , Nature-based solutions for urban climate change adaptation: linking the science, policy, and practice community for evidence-based decision-making, Bioscience, 69, (6), 2019, p455 - 466 Journal Article, 2019 URL URL DOI URL

Slaev, A. & Collier, M.J., Managing natural resources: Coasian bargaining versus Ostromian rules of common governance, Environmental Science and Policy, 85, 2018, p47 - 53 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Bullock, C., Joyce, D. & Collier, M.J., An exploration of the relationships between cultural ecosystem services, socio-cultural values and well-being, Ecosystem Services, 31, 2018, p142 - 152 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Ustaoglu, E. & Collier, M.J., Farmland abandonment in Europe: an overview of drivers, consequences and assessment of the sustainability implications., Environmental Reviews, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Canedoli, C., Bullock, C., Collier, M.J., Joyce, D. & Padoa-Schioppa, E., Public participatory mapping of cultural ecosystem services: citizen perception and park management in the Parco Nord of Milan (Italy), Sustainability, 9, (6), 2017, p891- Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Lennon, M., Scott, M., Collier, M.J. & Foley, K., The emergence of green infrastructure as promoting the centralisation of a landscape perspective in spatial planning: the case of Ireland, 42, 2017, p146 - 163 Journal Article, 2017 DOI URL

Collier, M.J., Connop, S., Corcoran, A., Crowe, P., Nedović-Budić, Z., Pichler-Milanović, N., Rijavec, R., Sinclair, J., Vandergert, P. & Varghese, J., European university-community partnership-based research on urban sustainability and resilience, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , 23, 2017, p79 - 84 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

A. Walz, K. Schmidt, R. Noebel, C. Bullock, G. Cojocaru, M.J. Collier, A. de Vries Lentsch, A. Dyankov, L. Ingwall-King, D. Joyce, J. Lascurain, S. Lavorel, N. Marba, M. Metzger, I. Rosário, A. Ruiz-Frau, M. Santos-Reis, S. Scholte , Integrating stakeholder perspectives into environmental planning through social valuation of ecosystem services: Guidance and Prototype Applications, OPERAs Project, February, 2017, 29 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL URL

Collier, M.J. & Devitt, C., Novel ecosystems: challenges and opportunities for the Anthropocene, The Anthropocene Review, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Scott, M., Lennon, M., Collier, M.J, & Foley, K., Integrating Ecosystem Approaches, Green Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Research 188, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, 106 Report, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Connop, S., Vandergert, P., Eisenberg, B., Collier, M.J., Nash, C., Clough, J. & Newport, D., Renaturing cities using a regionally-focused biodiversity-led multifunctional benefits approach to urban green infrastructure, Environmental Science and Policy , 62, 2016, p99 - 111 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Stumpp, E.-M., Hartmann, J, Chiesa, C. & Collier, M.J., TURAS Integrated Transition Strategy. Deliverable 7.2 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, January, 2016, 42 Report, 2016 URL URL

Collier, M.J., Connop, S., Foley, K., Nedović-Budić, Z., Newport, D., Corcoran, A., Crowe, P., Dunne, L., de Moel, H., Kampelmann, S., McQuaid, S., Schwarz von Raumer, H.-G., Slaev, A., Stumpp, E.-M., Van den Abeele, P. & Vandergert, P., Urban transformation with TURAS open innovations; opportunities for transitioning through transdisciplinarity, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22, 2016, p57 - 62 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Lennon, M., Scott, M., Collier, M.J. & Foley, K., Green Infrastructure: A 'How To' Guide for Disseminating and Integrating the Concept into Spatial Planning Practice, Research 182, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, 28 Report, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Crowe, P.R., Foley, K. & Collier, M.J., Operationalizing urban resilience through a framework for adaptive co-management and design: five experiments in urban planning practice and policy, Environmental Science & Policy, 62, 2016, p112 - 119 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Lennon, M., Scott, M., Collier, M. & Foley, K., Developing green infrastructure 'thinking': devising and applying an interactive group-based methodology for practitioners, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2015, p1 - 23 Journal Article, 2015 DOI URL

Nedović-Budić, Z., Corcoran, A. & Collier, M.J., Framework for G-ICT infrastructure: integrated database and tools. Deliverable 1.2 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, September, 2015, 71 Report, 2015 URL URL

Collier, M. J., Novel ecosystems and social-ecological resilience, Landscape Ecology, 2015, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2015 URL URL DOI

Kampelmann, Stephan, Vandergert, Paula & Collier, M.J. , Plan of work for developing a strategy to support Sustainable and Resilient Economic Activity Locally (SREAL). Deliverable 6.7 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, TURAS Project, December, 2015, 36 Report, 2015 URL URL

Kampelmann, Stephan, Vandergert, Paula, Van Den Abeele, Patrick & Collier, M.J., Adaptive Governance and Economic Resilience. Deliverable 6.8 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, TURAS Project, September, 2015, 77 Report, 2015 URL URL

Vandergert, P., Collier, M., Kampelmann, S. & Newport, D., Blending adaptive governance and institutional theory to explore urban resilience and sustainability strategies in the Rome Metropolitan Area, Italy, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 8, (2), 2015, p126 - 146 Journal Article, 2015 URL URL

Stumpp, Eva-Maria, Chiesa, Cecilia, Hartmann, Julia & Collier, M.J., Integrated Transition Strategies :proposed methodology. Deliverable 7.1 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels, TURAS Project, September, 2015, 21 Report, 2015 URL URL

Slaev, A., Krunic, N., Zekovic, S., Vujosevic, M., Pichler-Milanovic, N., Baffioni, C., Guttadauria, I., Odorico, M., Vallocchia, S., Voglino, A.M., Maricic, T.; Petric, J., Bajic, T., Nikiforov, N., Konakchiev, D., Nikolov, N., Daskalova, D., Lyubenov, Y., Topchiev, H. & Collier, M.J., Report on the balance between planning and the market relating to sustainable and resilient development of suburban areas. Deliverable 5.6 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, September, 2014, 122 Report, 2014 URL URL

de Moel, H., Derkzen, M.L., Koks, E.E., Aerts, J., Verburg, P., van Barneveld, N., Nijhuis, L., Nielsen, S., Möller, B., Rijavec, R., Griessler-Bulc, T., Detellbach, S., Jarni, K., Kompare, B., Krivograd-Klemenčič, A., Pichler- Milanović, N., emrov, D., Ur ič, M., Velkavrh, J., ura, M., Trbi an, G.. Gojčič, M., Brimicombe, A., Li, Y. & Collier, M.J., Improved planning for urban resilience and sustainability - tools, measures and recommendations. Deliverable 4.5 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, September, 2014, 134 Report, 2014 URL URL

Connop, S., Salvemini, M., Berardi, L., Newport, D. & Collier, M.J., Activity units for re-greening cities. Deliverable 2.3 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, September, 2014, 118 Report, 2014 URL URL

Crowe, P., Foley, K. & Collier, M.J., Spatial scenarios for urban neighbourhoods. Deliverable 3.4 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, September, 2014, 92 Report, 2014 URL URL

Collier, M.J., Novel ecosystems and the emergence of cultural ecosystem services, Ecosystem Services, 9, 2014, p166 - 169 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL URL

Nedović-Budić, Z., Corcoran, A. & Collier, M.J., G-ICT based Inventory. Deliverable 1.1 of the TURAS FP7 Project., Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, March, 2013, 20 Report, 2013 URL URL

Collier, M.J., Field Boundary Stone Walls as Exemplars of 'Novel' Ecosystems, Landscape Research, 38, (1), 2013, p141 - 150 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL URL

Collier, M.J., Mullins, E., Potential for longevity of novel genetically modified herbicide-tolerant traits in the Irish landscape, Irish Geography, 45, (2), 2013, p117 - 130 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI URL

Collier, M.J., Nedović-Budić, Z., Aerts, J., Connop, S., Foley, D., Foley, K., Newport, D., McQuaid, S., Slaev, A. & Verburg, P., Transitioning to resilience and sustainability in urban communities, Cities, 2013, p21 - 28 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI URL

Collier, M.J., Mullins, E., Assessing the impact of pollen-mediated gene flow from GM herbicide tolerant Brassica napus into common wild relatives in Ireland, Biology and Environment-Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112B, (3), 2012, p257-266 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL URL

Bullock, C.H., Collier, M.J., Peatlands, their economic value and priorities for their future management - The example of Ireland, Land Use Policy, 29, (4), 2012, p921 - 928 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL URL

McQuaid, S. & Collier, M.J., Initial information site for the TURAS Project, describing partners, work programme, goals, timeline and relevant links. Deliverable 8.1 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, December, 2011, 5 Report, 2011 DOI URL

Bullock, C.H., Collier, M.J., When the public good conflicts with an apparent preference for unsustainable behaviour, Ecological Economics, 70, (5), 2011, p971 - 977 Journal Article, 2011 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Mullins, E., Collier, M.J., Evaluating the Ecological Impacts of Cultivating Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) Oilseed Rape and Maize: STRIVE Report 2007-B-DS-1-S1, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 49 Report, 2011 URL

Mullins, E., Collier, M. J., The CINMa Index: Assessing the Potential Impact of GE Crop Management across a Heterogeneous Landscape, 2011, 2 Report, 2011 URL

McQuaid, S. Cicio, M. & Collier, M.J., Interactive Communication Platform: Deliverable 8.2 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, March, 2011, 19 Report, 2011 URL DOI

Bullock, C.H., Collier, M.J., Peatlands, People and Policies, 2011, p77 - 116 Report, 2011 URL

McQuaid, S. & Collier, M.J., TURAS Dissemination Strategy. Deliverable 8.3 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, March, 2011, 74 Report, 2011 DOI URL

McQuaid, S., Schuchmann, S. & Collier, M.J., TURAS Exploitation Strategy. Deliverable 8.4 of the TURAS FP7 Project, Brussels: DG Research & Innovation, November, 2011, 23 Report, 2011 DOI URL

Collier, M.J., Incorporating socio-economic factors into restoration: Implications from industrially harvested peatlands, Restoration Ecology, 19, (5), 2011, p559 - 563 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Collier, M.J., Mullins, E., The CINMa index: assessing the potential impact of GM crop management across a heterogeneous landscape., Environmental biosafety research, 9, (3), 2010, p135 - 145 Journal Article, 2010 URL URL URL DOI URL

Collier, M.J. & Scott, M., Focus group discourses in a mined landscape, Land Use Policy, 27, (2), 2010, p304 - 312 Journal Article, 2010 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Collier, M.J. & Scott, M., Conflicting rationalities, knowledge and values in scarred landscapes, Journal of Rural Studies, 25, (3), 2009, p267 - 277 Journal Article, 2009 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Mullins, E., Collier, M., O'Brien, M., Meade, C., Spillane, C., Predicting the Impact of Coexistence-Guided, Genetically Modified Cropping on Irish Biodiversity: STRIVE Report 39, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2009, 64 Report, 2009 URL

Murphy, G., Collier, M.J., Feehan, J., Opinions of upland walkers on socio-cultural and environmental impacts on blanket bog habitats: cultural aspects of peat and peatlands, 13th International Peat Congress , Tullamore, Ireland, 8th-14th June, 1, 2008, pp548 - 551 Conference Paper, 2008

Collier, Marcus J., Feehan, John, Scott, Mark, Social and community dimensions in cutaway peatland policy, 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland, 8th-14th June, 1, 2008, pp384 - 386 Conference Paper, 2008

Bullock, Craig, Collier, Marcus J., Convery, Frank, Peatland after-use - issues in valuation, 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland, 8th-14th June, 2, 2008, pp141 - 143 Conference Paper, 2008

Collier, M.J. & Scott, M., Industrially harvested peatlands and after-use potential: Understanding local stakeholder narratives and landscape preferences, Landscape Research, 33, (4), 2008, p439 - 460 Journal Article, 2008 URL DOI

Collier, Marcus J., Olson, Eliza, The future of Burns Bog, Canada: stakeholder participation or habitat decline?, 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Ireland, 8th-14th June, 2, 2008, pp185 - 187 Conference Paper, 2008

Collier, M.J. & Farrell, E.P, The Environmental Impact of Planting Broadleaved Trees on Acid-sensitive Soils, Dublin, COFORD, July, 2007, 56 Report, 2007 URL URL URL URL URL

Collier, M.J., The National Wetland Wilderness Park: developing a strategy for cutaway peatland afteruse in Ireland, The 5th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, Greifswald, Germany, 21st-25th August, 2006, pp1 Conference Paper, 2006

Collier, M.J., The ecology of dry stone walls, Walls: Future in our Past, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland, 21st-22nd October , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Mahon, B. J., Whelan. J., Kirwan, L. & Collier, M. J., Farmland birds and the field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland, Tearmann: Irish journal of agri-environmental research, 4, 2005, p67 - 78 Journal Article, 2005 URL URL

Collier, M.J., Dublin City Environmental Directory, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin City Council, 2004, 101pp Book, 2004 URL

Collier, M. J., Feehan, J., Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland, Tearmann: The Irish Journal of Agri-environmental Research, 3, (1), 2003, p27 - 46 Journal Article, 2003 URL URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Collier, M.J., The National Wetland Wilderness Park: a blueprint for peatland afteruse, ENVIRON 2006: 16th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, University College Dublin, Ireland, 27th-29th January , 2006, pp1 Conference Paper, 2006

Collier, M.J., Re-colonisation of a hedgerow after hedgelaying: using bird's nests as indicators, Environ 2005: 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Sligo Institute of Technology, 28-30 January, 2005, pp1 Conference Paper, 2005

Collier, M.J., Introduction to wildlife gardening, World Biodiversity Day, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, 21st May , 2005, pp1 Conference Paper, 2005

Collier, M.J., An ecological evaluation of field boundary stone walls in Ireland, Environ 2005: 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Sligo Institute of Technology, 28-30 January, 2005, pp1 Poster, 2005 URL

Collier, M.J., Proposal for the description and classification of wallrows in the Irish Landscape, ENVIRON 2004: 14th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, University of Limerick, Ireland, 30thJanuary-1st Febr, 2004 Poster, 2004

Collier, M.J., Stone walls in the Burren, The Review of REPS and Burren Farming, Carron, Co. Clare, Ireland, 10th December, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Collier. M.J.; McCabe, O. & Farrell, E.P., PNtrap Project: Using trees and woody shrubs to intercept excess nutrient in farm and forestry runoff, 7th IWA International Conference Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, UCD, Dublin and Johnstown, Co. Wexford, 17th-22nd August, 2003, pp1 Poster, 2003 URL

Collier, M.J., Developing a field boundary evaluation and grading system in Ireland, ENVIRON 2003: 13th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, NUI Galway, 8th-10th January, 2003 Poster, 2003

Collier, M.J., Using trees and woody shrubs to intercept excess nutrient in farm and forestry runoff, 7th International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, Johnstown, Co. Wexford, 17th-22nd August, 2003 Poster, 2003

Collier, M.J., Hedgelaying, Ruralité, faune sauvage et développement durable: Le bocage, enjeux de territoire pour demain, Rennes, France, 16th-17th October , 2002, pp1 Conference Paper, 2002

Collier. M.J., Hedgerows in Ireland, Les haies en Europe: plantation, entretien (Hedge planting and maintenance in Europe), Rennes, France, 13th-16th June, 2001, pp1 Conference Paper, 2001

Research Expertise

Description

Marcus' PhD research concentrated on severely damaged landscapes: resilience planning, rewilding and collaborative processes. This study was part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between several Universities (via the EPA funded BOGLAND Project). His main areas of expertise are in urban ecology, social-ecological systems, landscape and restoration ecology, nature-based solutions, environmental policies, and collaborative governance. He is extremely interested in novel ecosystem theory and the potential of novel ecosystems for rewilding urban areas as well as changing behaviour of people who interact with them. Marcus is the PI and coordinator of Connecting Nature, a €11.4m Horizon 2020 project which runs from 2017 to 2022 (see www.conectingnature.eu). This project is developing innovations by scaling out nature-based solutions in 11 cities in Europe as well as cities in China, Brazil, Korea and the Caucasus. He is co-leading a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Supporting Action - ReNature (www.http://renature-project.eu/). This is a 3-year, capacity-building project aimed at widening participation in European research, and strengthening research in nature-based solutions. He is the co-PI of NATURA (https://natura-net.org/) which is a global networking project for nature-based solution research funded by the US National Science Foundation. Marcus also leads a key work package in GoGreen Routes. This is a €10.4m research project led by the NUI Maynooth and is looking into the health and well-being applications for nature-based solutions. In 2020 Marcus will begin work on a new global research project called NovelEco. From 2011 to 2016 Marcus was the leader of the TURAS FP7 project. This was a €6.8m project with 28 partners across Europe and 2 in Taiwan. TURAS developed novel strategies, and spun out three new social enterprise companies, that enable urban communities-of-interest to tackle urgent issues such as climate adaptation in urban areas to the challenges of the future using novel design, collaboration and integrated and resilient policy prescriptions. In June 2012 TURAS was awarded one of five special awards in the Champions of European Research for ranking first in the Sustainable and Resilient Green Cities section of the FP7 call topic (for scoring 15/15). Marcus also led a work package on another FP7 project, OPERAs which studied Ecosystem Services and my focus was on socioeconomic / sociocultural values.

Projects

  • Title
    • Connecting Nature
  • Summary
    • Connecting Nature will position Europe as a global leader in the innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions. It brings together 29 partner organisations from 16 EU countries including local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics. Through Connecting Nature, 11 European cities will invest in multi-million-euro large scale implementation test-beds of nature-based solutions and measure the impact of this approach on climate change adaptation, health and well-being, social cohesion as well as sustainable economic development.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission Horizon 2020
  • Date From
    • June 1st, 2017
  • Date To
    • May 31st, 2022
  • Title
    • ReNature
  • Summary
    • ReNature is a 'widening' project which brings a small number of partners (5) together to build capacity for research in urban areas in Malta, with a specific focus on urban nature-based innovation. This three-year project aims to develop solutions to pursue economic growth whilst improving human well-being and tackling environmental challenges that can be addressed through nature-based solutions, particularly those associated with sustainable urbanisation.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission Horizon 2020
  • Date From
    • September 1st, 2018
  • Date To
    • August 31st, 2021
  • Title
    • PhD Scholarship
  • Summary
    • This research project will foster transdisciplinary, bottom-up processes, and the co-creation of a continuous, creative dialogue between and within communities and policy-makers with respect to nature-based solutions.
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • September 1st, 2018
  • Date To
    • August 31st, 2022
  • Title
    • GoGreen Routes
  • Summary
    • Go Green Routes is a 39 partner four-year project which applies visionary and integrated solutions to improve health in cities. The €10.48 million project is coordinated at the Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick. It will co-create a knowledge ecosystem with urban communities to raise awareness of risks (e.g. air pollution), benefits of sustainable physical activity (e.g. green exercise and active travel), and sustainable nutrition, all to empower decision-making at individual, community and city level.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission Horizon 2020
  • Date From
    • September 1st 2020
  • Date To
    • August 31st, 2024
  • Title
    • NATURA
  • Summary
    • The Nature-based Solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene (NATURA) project links networks in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and Latin America, and globally to enhance connectivity among the world's scholars and practitioners and improve the prospects for global urban sustainability. NATURA exchanges knowledge, shares data, and enhances communication among research disciplines and across the research-practice divide to advance urban resilience in face of growing threats of extreme weather events.
  • Funding Agency
    • National Science Foundation US
  • Date From
    • October 1st 2019
  • Date To
    • September 30th 2024
  • Title
    • UFOREST
  • Summary
    • The UFOREST Alliance aims at promoting Europe's innovation capacity among universities, cities and businesses to deliver a new approach to UF. It will do so by: 1.facilitating the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge among universities, local authorities, and business coming from four key interdisciplinary approaches that often are not cooperating: urban landscape planning, forest ecology, socio-economics and, information and communication technologies; 2. promoting a new, innovative and multidisciplinary global blended training course on UF for both students and professionals; 3. stimulating entrepreneurial attitude of students, researchers and professionals to provide public and private sectors with innovative and cost-effective UF solutions. The project will focus on Italy, Spain, Romania, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada. Results will have a strong EU-global dimension and transferability potential, capitalising on existing national and international networks and through the partnership with the European Forestry Institute, a leading European networking and research institution.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 1/1/2021
  • Date To
    • 31/12/2024

Keywords

Biodiversity; Biodiversity and Conservation; BIOGEOGRAPHY; Citizen Science; CLIMATE CHANGE; Coastal management and conservation; CONSERVATION; Conservation Biology; ECOLOGY; Ecology, Ecosystems; ecosystem services; ECOSYSTEMS; Education for Sustainable Development; Environmental Conservation; Environmental Geography; Environmental planning and sustainable development; Human Ecology; human geography; INNOVATION; landscape ecology; Marine Ecosystems; natural capital; Natural History; Natural Sciences; Nature conservation policy and practice; NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS; NEW NATURE; NOVEL ECOSYSTEMS; PEATLANDS; Restoration and Preservation; RESTORATION ECOLOGY; REWILDING; Social Innovation; SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS; Sustainable development; Sustainable Urbanism; Urban Ecology; Urban Geography; Wetland Ecosystems; Woodlands ecology

Recognition

Representations

Rapporteur for DG Research and Innovation: EU-Brazil Nature-based Solution dialogue, Brasilia, Brazil as the chosen representative of the European Union. July

Rapporteur for DG Research and Innovation: EU-China Nature-based Solutions dialogue, Ningbo, China as the chosen delegate from the European Union. November

External evaluator for the Government of Armenia (Twining with EU programme) February

External evaluator for the Government of the Netherlands (PhD grants) July

Honorary scientific advisor to the Burns Bog Conservation Society, Vancouver, Canada 2006 to 2020

Scientific advisor to the Irish Dept. of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Scientific advisor to the Irish Government Sub-committee on the Environment (Peatlands)

Scientific advisor to the Irish Farmers Association (Biodiversity agriculture)

Awards and Honours

Government of Ireland Champion of EU Research Award; awarded by President M.D. Higgins 2011

Irish Research Council New Ideas Award 2011

University College Dublin: Graduate Research and Innovation Prize 2007

University of Aberdeen: Transdisciplinary Masterclass Award 2006

University College Dublin: Postgraduate Publication Prize 2004