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Dr Finbarr Brereton


Finbarr Brereton

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2672
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Planning and Env Policy Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Finbarr Brereton is a Lecturer in Environmental Policy with UCD Planning and Environmental Policy. He is an Environmental Economist with a PhD (Environmental Policy) on the topics of Quality of Life and the Economics of Happiness. Finbarr's research interests focus on exploring the determinants of subjective well-being, specifically the spatial environmental determinants. More recently, his research has focused on people's perceptions of, and behavioural responses to, environmental externalities caused by natural hazards and human activities. He has published papers in high quality international peer review journals such as Ecological Economics, Risk Analysis, Environmental Hazards, European Urban and Regional Studies and Natural Hazards. He is a member of the UCD Earth Institute.He has secured significant research funding to date from national and international funding agencies and is / was involved in a number of research projects including, inter alia, FloodPAP exploring flood risk perceptions, Energy for Well-being examining the influence of energy mix on well-being in Europe, and HAPPINESS (HAPpiness, Political Institutions, Natural Environment and Space). He has a keen interest in all areas of survey design and implementation, and with Prof. Peter Clinch, was the National Coordinator of the European Social Survey (ESS) Rounds 6 and 7 in Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council.


  • Certificate of CPD
    University College Dublin