Eoin O'Neill

Eoin O'Neill
University College Dublin | UCD · UCD School of Architecture Planning & Environmental Policy

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Eoin O'Neill is Head of the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy and Associate Professor of Environmental Policy. Prior to being appointed at UCD, he worked as a Technical Specialist in Flood Risk Management in the UK Environment Agency. He has been Head of School since 2018, being reappointed for a second term. His research interests concern the interactions of people and the environment, under the broad themes of urban development, risk and policy design.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - July 2019
University College Dublin
Position
  • Head of Department
September 2010 - present
University College Dublin
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Dr. Eoin O'Neill is a tenured Lecturer in Environmental Policy in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy; Director of its MSc Environmental Policy programme; and, a Fellow and executive member of the UCD Earth Institute.

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Publications (57)
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Flooding events can inflict major disruption on society and cause significant infrastructural and environmental damage. However, the adverse health impacts of flooding, particularly as they pertain to private groundwater resources used for consumption, are frequently overlooked. Whilst the literature has previously found a lack of well stewardship...
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The development of the circular bioeconomy is perceived as important in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Its success depends on systemic changes involving all societal actors with public perception being of central significance. Using content analysis, this paper explores the framing of the circular bioeconomy in the Irish broadsheet media d...
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Over 720,000 people in the Republic of Ireland rely on private groundwater resources (i.e. private wells) for daily consumption, and as these extractions are unregulated, users are solely responsible for managing/mitigating contamination risks to their supplies. However, low levels of exposure to appropriate guidance on well water protection and on...
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The frequency and severity of flooding events will increase over the coming decades due to global climate change. While close attention has typically been paid to infrastructural and environmental outcomes of flood events, the potential adverse human health consequences associated with post-event consumption from private groundwater sources have re...
Conference Paper
Over 720,000 people in the Republic of Ireland rely on private groundwater resources (i.e. private wells) for daily consumption, and as these extractions are unregulated, users are solely responsible for managing/mitigating contamination risks to their supplies. However, low levels of exposure to appropriate guidance on well water protection and on...
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Extreme weather events including flooding can have severe personal, infrastructural, and economic consequences, with recent evidence pointing to surface flooding as a pathway for the microbial contamination of private groundwater supplies. There is a pressing need for increasingly focused information and awareness campaigns to highlight the risks p...
Technical Report
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Synthesis Report on FloodRisk2WellWater Project. The Irish Research Council and Geological Survey Ireland provided funding for this project under the remit of their Research for Policy and Society Programme 2016.
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Advancing a bioeconomy requires that policymakers understand how the design and coherence of public policy can contribute, or create barriers, to its development. Ireland’s first National Policy Statement on the Bioeconomy (February 2018) recognized the significance of policy coherence as a critical factor in a successful transition to a bioeconomy...
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Wilderness is most often conceived as comprising large remote areas where evidence of human influence is slight. Little attention has been afforded to the study of wilderness 'making' in smaller landscapes that have been heavily modified by human activity. This paper addresses this knowledge deficit by employing the pragmatic sociology of Boltanski...
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Extreme weather events (EWEs) are increasing in frequency, posing a greater risk of adverse human health effects. As such, developing sociological and psychological based interventions is paramount to empowering individuals and communities to actively protect their own health. Accordingly, this study compared the efficacy of two established social-...
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Planning decisions have considerable impacts on both natural and built environments. The impacts of these decisions may remain for many decades and many are irreversible. In order to gain a better understanding of these long-standing impacts, planners require a systematic approach to evaluate the planning policy instruments utilised. The literature...
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Transferable Development Rights (TDR) programmes have been introduced as an alternative to traditional regulatory instruments with proponents arguing that the implementation of these alternative programmes leads to similarly effective land-use outcomes with greater efficiency and equity. The evaluation of land-use policies is key to improving polic...
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Keeping within the temperature limits set by the Paris Agreement on climate action will be a significant challenge. Nuclear power generation may contribute to achieving these targets, however, there are significant environmental, economic and health risks attached. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, this paper explores how nuclear power ge...
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This study explores barriers to the uptake of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) using the case of Ireland, a country which lags well behind the adoption rates of neighbouring countries with EVs representing a market share of just 0.7% of new vehicles in 2017. The article investigates the mismatch between early aspirations, policy and infrastructure i...
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Climate change is and will continue to impact the global hydrological cycle, shifting patterns of rainfall frequency, intensity and duration, in addition to fluctuating watertables. As such, flood frequency and severity has increased in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), with recent events corroborating this. However, while substantial resources have b...
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Planners are required to evaluate planning policy instruments to develop a better understanding of how they can improve their policy design and implementation processes. Transferable Development Rights (TDR) programmes are one of the market-based policy instruments that have attracted considerable attention among planners and economists. Given that...
Presentation
Groundwater is the most extracted raw material worldwide and, in many cases, the least understood component of the water cycle. Thus, managing contamination threats to the subsurface is inherently challenging, both in terms of “Top Down” management and “Bottom Up” communication. Undesirable practises associated with non-expert groundwater users (e....
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Significant flooding events have the potential to inflict major societal losses, in addition to both infrastructural and environmental damage. However, to date, the human gastrointestinal health implications (and associated costs) of these events, have received far less attention, particularly within the socio-hydrogeological context. Flooding can...
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Significant flooding events have the potential to inflict major social, infrastructural and environmental damage. However, the human gastrointestinal health implications of these events, receive far less attention. Flooding can mobilize environmental pathogens via short-circuiting of hydrogeological pathways and/or negation of natural attenuation p...
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Significant volumes of research over the past four decades has sought to elucidate the social, infrastructural, economic, and human health effects of climate change induced surface flooding. To date, epidemiological and public health studies of flooding events have focused on mental health effects, vector-borne diseases, and infectious enteric dise...
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A significant body of research has focused on the role of domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTSs) as sources of human-specific aquatic contaminants in both developed and developing regions. However, to date few studies have sought to investigate the awareness, attitudes and behaviours of DWWTS owners and the efficacy of associated communicat...
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Policy reform is often a complex endeavour fraught with contending arguments. Although much research has been conducted into the politics of coalition formation, entrepreneurial activity and policy communication, considerably less attention has been allocated the role of legitimating logics in policy reform. Drawing on the work of Boltanski and Thé...
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Problem, research strategy, and findings: Local jurisdictions in 36 states have implemented transfer of development rights (TDR) programs to provide a market-based approach to preserving farmlands and open space while redirecting future development to targeted areas. Participation in TDR programs involves transaction costs over and above paying for...
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Recent years have seen a marked increase in fluvial, pluvial, and coastal flooding in Ireland, with many millions of euros of infrastructural damage as a direct result of these events, and with the severe flooding of the Shannon basin in late 2015/early 2016 being an obvious example. Both nationally and globally, climate models predict that flood i...
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Societal adaptation to flooding is a critical component of contemporary flood policy. Using content analysis, this article identifies how two major flooding episodes (2009 and 2014) are framed in the Irish broadsheet news media. The article considers the extent to which these frames reflect shifts in contemporary flood policy away from protection t...
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Millions of people around the world are exposed to some degree of flood hazard, with the level of exposure increasing with climate change. Arising from the scale of recent flood experiences across Europe, the European Union adopted the Floods Directive in 2007 to bring about greater assessment and management of flood risk across the EU and encapsul...
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Academic research is increasingly required to demonstrate economic and policy relevance, with this becoming a key metric by which the success of research projects are being judged. Furthermore, the active, as opposed to passive, participation of citizens in science is now encouraged through dissemination and outreach, using, for example, co-product...
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Whilst policy makers have tended to adopt an ‘information-deficit model’ to bolster levels of flood-risk preparedness primarily though communication strategies promoting awareness, the assumed causal relation between awareness and preparedness is empirically weak. As such, there is a growing interest amongst scholars and policy makers alike to bett...
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Environmental perceptions are central to individuals' behavioural interactions with the environment. Cognitive maps, portraying a spatial representation of an individual's environmental perception, can be aggregated to gain insight into the collective environmental perception of groups and populations. This paper uses cognitive mapping techniques t...
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Natural hazards, such as major flood events, are occurring with increasing frequency and inflicting increasing levels of financial damages upon affected communities. The experience of such major flood events has brought about a significant change in attitudes to flood-risk management, with a shift away from built engineering solutions alone towards...
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Septic systems that are malfunctioning, improperly sited or designed, present a contamination risk to drinking water sources, and subsequently, to human health. However, the international literature identifies gaps in householder knowledge regarding the function and maintenance requirements of septic systems, and also the potential health and envir...
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Modern flood risk management strategies have evolved from flood resistance to a holistic approach incorporating prevention, protection and preparedness with the aim of reducing the likelihood and/or impact of flooding. This evolution has been driven by a trend of increasingly damaging and frequent flood events due to climate change. Populations at...
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This Practice Paper identifies and critically examines three alternative approaches and associated design philosophies in response to the problem of urban flooding. It traces the reasons why these three approaches have emerged and discusses the attributes of each. Following this, it examines the potential of the green infrastructure approach as a m...
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The population of Dublin City and its suburbs currently stands at 1.3 million and is projected to reach 2.1 million by 2022. There is pressure on its water supply system (inadequate catchment sources, ageing infrastructure including treatment facilities, and distribution network) with little or no spare capacity despite Ireland’s relatively high ra...
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There is a large body of literature that discusses the control of settlement patterns using traditional planning instruments. Whilst there is some theoretical literature discussing the use of development charges to influence settlement patterns by addressing market failure, there is limited literature examining how such charging is implemented in p...
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Traditionally, regulatory instruments have been used to achieve planning objectives. However, emerging market-based policy instruments, such as transferable development rights, a quantity-based approach, and development charges, a price-based approach, are now being implemented in some jurisdictions. Despite this, there has been no comparison in th...
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Clinch J. P. and O'Neill E. Applying spatial economics to national spatial planning, Regional Studies. Despite the impressive development of the field of spatial economics, some have criticized the lack of policy applications. In addition, the literature has not yet identified the relevance of New Economic Geography, and spatial economics generally...
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There has been a recent increase in the application of the Coase Theorem to planning. The principal objective of this article is to explore further the role of such solutions by setting out our interpretation of the conditions necessary for the achievement of 'Pure' and 'Impure' Coasian solutions when legal entitlements and property rights are esta...
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The study examines objective indicators associated with quality of life in Ireland. As noted above, these include indicators of environmental quality, income, house prices, health, education and crime. The analysis then moves on to compare these objective indicators with subjective indicators as revealed through the use of a public survey and furth...

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Transferable Development Rights (TDR) programs are market-based policy instruments that have been used in several jurisdictions to achieve various land development and preservation objectives. This research project analyses the type, timing, distribution, and magnitude of transaction costs arising from the design and implementation of these policy instruments.