Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher
University of Geneva | UNIGE · Department of Sociology

PhD Environmental studies
Co-designing Citizen Action Labs for citizen participation in energy transitions in Geneva

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Introduction
My interests lie in sustainability transformations, governance of environmental public goods, and strategies for effective collaboration between research and impact processes. I favour transdisciplinary research with mixed methods approaches. For more about me: linkedin.com/in/louiseanngallagher
Additional affiliations
July 2017 - present
University of Geneva
Position
  • Principal Investigator
Description
  • The LIVES project is contributing new principles and methods on integrating diverse science and knowledge in food-energy-water nexus assessments to support sustainability decision making.
April 2014 - present
WWF International
Position
  • Research Programme Head,
Description
  • Responsible for leading the consolidation and completion of the Luc Hoffmann Institute’s first phase programme of science-policy research involving 8 active projects and a team of 5 people.
December 2012 - April 2014
World Wildlife Fund
Position
  • Consultant
Education
September 2003 - November 2007
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Environmental economics and policy

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Publications (53)
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Article impact statement: New collaborations with accounting research can improve conservation impact of ecosystem‐based information systems. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
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Over the last two decades, sustainable landscape approaches are increasingly being adopted worldwide. An important challenge for these approaches is to analyse and improve governance systems that promote non-conflicting land uses to provide multiple ecosystem services and safeguard biodiversity for diverse social groups over the long term. Our stud...
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Participatory modeling is a potentially high‐impact approach for catalyzing fundamental sustainability transformations. We test if participation in a group system dynamics modeling exercise increases participants’ agency through a novel method to evaluate potential behavioral change using expectations measures. A water‐energy‐food nexus a functiona...
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The water-energy-food nexus concept is criticized as not yet fit for deeply integrated and contested governance agendas. One problem is how to achieve equitable risk governance and management where there is low consensus on priorities, poor inclusion and coordination of risk assessment procedures, and a weak emphasis placed on cross-scale and secto...
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“Building back better” in the post-COVID-19 Anthropocene era requires novel ideas and ways of working to truly challenge “business as usual” and contribute to urgently needed systems transformations. is article invites post-normal evalu- ation professionals to engage with the concept of the Rights of Nature, a generative form of institutional innov...
Technical Report
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Sand resource governance is complex, spanning policy domains, stakeholders and sectors. Establishing consensus on key terms on the sand and sustainability topic is therefore key, and requires reviewing language, definitions and terminology. This will be important to initiate cross-sectoral and multi-actor discussions to define problems and update g...
Technical Report
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Strategic and integrated policy and legal frameworks should support responsible sand sourcing and management, including promoting alternatives. National and subnational policy and law play essential roles in shaping behaviour and outcomes across different stakeholders in the production and consumption of sand resources, and their alternatives. Thes...
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The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) in collaboration with The University of Geneva (UNIGE) completed a 12-month study investigating how ore-sand, an alternative construction material produced from mineral ores, could become a sustainable source of sand while significantly reducing the volume of waste produced by mini...
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Ore-sand: A potential new solution to the mine tailings and global sand sustainability crises-Final Report.
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Photo-based deck for non technical audiences on scarcity of sand resources
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This chapter tackles the alluring narratives of the powerful that conform to the dictum of “the winner writes the history”. In a world that is increasingly unequal and full of injustices, with economic exploitation seen as necessary for development, Ofir and Gallagher focus our attention on the ethical consequences of a dominant narrative on develo...
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What is the role of monitoring, evaluation and learning in moments of transformation? How Philanthropy can help evaluators make a stronger contribution
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Sand, gravel and crushed rock are strategic resourc- es that need to be treated as such. While renewable under geological timeframes, these materials are more similar to nonrenewable resources under social and economic timeframes – our human timeframes.
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This research examines perceptions of ecosystem services (ES) and social well-being in the Wuyishan National Park, China. This study analyses the importance of and linkages between them based on the impact of new designation of protected areas on this social-ecological system. Realisation of rural well-being is critical to park-people relations in...
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Boundary organizations are non-traditional structures that can foster transdisciplinary relationships and help catalyze the exchange of ideas, trust, and ultimately the implementation of scientific evidence into policy. Here, we describe GE-21, a group composed of researchers and public servants interested in promoting biodiversity and ecosystem se...
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This study explores gaps in data and knowledge on global sand resources. The intention is not to generate the final word on this topic. Rather, this report proposes a starting agenda on sand resources and alternatives monitoring, research and evaluation for consideration by regional and national government, private sector, research, civil society a...
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2020 is the year of wildfire records. California experienced its three largest fires early in its fire season. The Pantanal, the largest wetland on the planet, burned over 20% of its surface. More than 18 million hectares of forest and bushland burned during the 2019–2020 fire season in Australia, killing 33 people, destroying nearly 2500 homes, an...
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Co-production is suited for problems where consensus is low, uncertainty high and joint action is needed. We focus on conflicts in decision co-production and argue that conflicts arise primarily from tensions between three intertwined elements: differences in values, knowledge and preferences of stakeholders; uneven distribution of resources, statu...
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Strategies for evidence-based thinking are heavily informed by the individual beliefs, values and interests of those people involved directly in the global policy-making process. Who actually determines what information enters the policy-making process and how is this information used? Who is certified to provide and judge evidence in the first pla...
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International and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are increasingly coordinating on the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda features seventeen goals that are global in scope and highly interconnected. Such complexity allows different actors to draw different technical and moral interpretations about what impact looks lik...
Technical Report
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Sand and gravels are the unrecognised foundational material of our economies. They are mined the world over, with aggregates accounting for the largest volume of solid material extracted globally (Peduzzi, 2014; Beiser, 2018). At the same time, these materials cannot be produced from our terrestrial, riverine and marine environments in quantities n...
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As the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus becomes an increasingly common framework for bridging science and policy, there is a growing need to unpack and make explicit many of the methods and assumptions being used to operationalize the nexus. In this paper, we focus on two common approaches to nexus research, quantitative modeling and futures thinking,...
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The ecosystem services (ES) concept has gained traction amongst stakeholders involved in environmental regulation , yet little is known about the extent to which the ES concept has been translated into public policy. Here, we present a new online database of policy documents related to ES: GlobaLDES (https://tinyurl.com/ GlobalDES). The database wa...
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The increasing knowledge of ecosystem services (ES) has conducted to an overarching consensus on their importance and the urgent need for their conservation (Costanza et al., 2014). However, translating this knowledge into sound policies for the management of nature’s contribution to people remains a challenge (Díaz et al., 2018). Using a new and g...
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It is important to integrate local residents' awareness and perception of ecosystem services (ES) into the ES assessment for the planning of protected areas (PAs). Using data collected from the newly designated Wuyishan national park pilot, we assessed communities' identification and perceptions of a broad range of ESs. We examined the factors that...
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It is important to integrate local residents’ awareness and perception of ecosystem services (ES) into the ES assessment for the planning of protected areas (PAs). Using data collected from the newly designated Wuyishan national park pilot, we assessed communities’ identification and perceptions of a broad range of ESs. We examined the factors that...
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Infrastructure projects are being planned and implemented around the world. These projects lead to economic growth and social development, but often unexpected side effects emerge. The problem is that financial analyses for infrastructure projects do not incorporate quantified economic assessments of social and environmental impacts. Equally, socia...
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This guide has been developed to help basin managers, decision makers and other water resource management practitioners navigate this increasingly complex ‘jungle of indicators’. It provides them with the necessary scientific, technical and communication guidance on use of indicators for better basin resource planning and management. Acknowledging...
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Boundary organizations have been promoted as a measure to improve the effectiveness of conservation efforts by building stronger relationships between scientists, policy makers, industry and practitioners (Cook et al. 2013). While their promise has been discussed in theory, the work of and expectations for boundary organizations are less defined in...
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The sustainable development goals (SDGs) challenge markets, regulators and practitioners to achieve multiple objectives on water, food and energy. This calls for responses that are coordinated and scaled appropriately. Learning from water– energy–food nexus could support much-needed building of links between the separate SDGs. The concept has highl...
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Water has a special role in the context of green growth, with important links to economic activity, ecosystem functioning and social well-being. There are three key pillars of planning that can be used to include water in green growth strategies – embracing risk, embracing uncertainty and embracing water allocation reform opportunities. One such me...
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This review of the study “Road to Dawei”, conducted by WWF Greater Mekong, seeks to assess economic, social and environmental impacts of road construction between Kanchanaburi, Thailand and Dawei, Myanmar. It also aims to identify relevant Green Economy policy interventions that would enhance the sustainable use and conservation of natural capital,...
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As the global economy continues to grow and change, issues concerning sustainability practices have become more prevalent. The implementation of efficient sustainability procedures offers significant assistance in the development of modern economies. Economic Modeling, Analysis, and Policy for Sustainability focuses on interdisciplinary perspectiv...
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Infrastructure projects are being planned and implemented around the world. These projects lead to economic growth and social development, but often unexpected side effects emerge. The problem is that financial analyses for infrastructure projects do not incorporate quantified economic assessments of social and environmental impacts. Equally, socia...
Technical Report
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This report was developed under the supervision of the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, in collaboration with the OSLO consortium and the CBD Secretariat. e report provides policy- relevant information on valuation methods in the drylands context and guidance for their use. While valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services may be a complex process, i...
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Protection of existing forests through Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)—a system of providing incentives for reduced deforestation—has the potential to deliver both climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation benefits. This article explores how these complementary environmental goals can be supported by intern...
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Chapter I: Trends and Indicators Rachel Massey and Molly Jacobs Chapter II: Economic Implications of Trends in Chemicals Production, Trade and Use Louise A. Gallagher Independent Contribution to Chapter II from a financial and insurance perspectives: Risks to the Financial Sector from Chemicals Dr Andrew Dlugoleck Chapter III: Instruments and Appro...
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Increasing worldwide use of chemicals, including heavy metals used in industry and pesticides used in agriculture, may produce increases in chronic diseases in children unless steps are taken to manage the production, use, trade, and disposal of chemicals. In 2020 the developing world will account for 33 percent of global chemical demand and 31 per...
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Despite the use of host community compensation to solve NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) siting difficulties in many industrialised countries, the effectiveness of this policy is still being debated in academic and policy-making arenas. In this paper, we examine attitudes held regarding compensation in communities directly impacted upon by final waste d...
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There are 34 local authorities in Ireland with legal responsibility to deal with waste arising in their jurisdictions. In 2003 the National government introduced legislation that allows local authorities to recover the costs of waste collection and disposal, and to do so by ‘executive function’, i.e., not requiring support or agreement by the relev...
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One of the most controversial planning issues internationally is the siting of waste disposal infrastructure in local communities. Compensation is viewed as a possible solution to siting difficulties in many countries. However, existing empirical evidence is conflicting as to whether or not compensation-based siting has reduced opposition to such d...
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New developments are converging in unprecedented ways to respond to the climate crisis. The private sector is increasingly addressing environmental, social, and governance issues, encouraged by civil society pressures. National governments need to facilitate these responses by setting standards, supporting research, and providing incentives for the...
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One of the most controversial planning issues internationally is the siting of waste disposal infrastructure in local communities. Compensation is viewed as a possible solution to siting difficulties in many countries. However, existing empirical evidence is conflicting as to whether or not compensation-based siting has reduced opposition to such d...
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Radically heightened extinction rates over the past 50 years have prompted the Convention on Biological Diversity to adopt the ‘2010 biodiversity target,’ which aims to significantly reduce global biodiversity loss by 2010. Despite the establishment of this ambitious goal, few policies have proven to be able to ensure its achievement. This paper ex...

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A programme of research and dialogue at UNEP/GRID-Geneva that aims for new insights in three focal areas: - The latest status of data and policy for sand extraction, trade and consumption - Cost-effective and appropriate monitoring systems for sand governance - Avenues for feasible green and circular economy approaches in post-COVID recovery efforts