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Professor Peter Clinch


Peter Clinch

Full Professor Of Public Policy
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2729
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Planning and Env Policy Belfield Dublin 4


Professor J. Peter Clinch, BA (Hons.), MA (Econ.), PhD, DipEIAMgmt, HonMRTPI, FAcSS UCD Geary Institute of Public Policy University College Dublin Ireland peter.clinch(at) Peter Clinch is Jean Monnet Full Professor and Chair of Public Policy at University College Dublin. Peter holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics, a Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment. He is the author of over 100 publications including books, book chapters, international journal articles and conference proceedings and around 100 conference papers and other publications.Peter has held Visiting Positions or has been an invited speaker at, inter alia, the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, Said Business School at Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Southern California, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has advised or worked on behalf of, inter alia, the World Bank, OECD, and several national governments. Peter has been appointed to positions of responsibility by four governments of different political persuasions. He was active in the public debate around economic, environmental and planning policy during Ireland's economic boom. In 2002, he co-authored 'After the Celtic Tiger' pointing out fragilities in the Irish economy in advance of the economic crash. Subsequently, between summer 2008 and early 2011, Peter was based in the Taoiseach's (Prime Minister's) Office where he served as Special Policy Adviser. During this time, he was responsible for advising on medium-term economic policy, enterprise and environmental policy. He was instrumental in developing a medium-term framework for economic growth including drafting 'Building Ireland's Smart Economy: A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal' published by the Government in December 2008. Amongst many policy initiatives to position Ireland as a Global Innovation Hub, Peter fronted the establishment of the Innovation Taskforce which reported in March 2010. These policies are now subsumed into the Action Plan for Jobs. He was an advocate for the prioritisation of R&D funding in the review of capital spending and various budgets. Peter also led the development of Innovation Fund Ireland, a 500m euro fund which has attracted top-tier venture capitalists to Ireland to invest in Irish companies. Peter continues to provide advice to Government. Between 2015 and 2019, he was Chair of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland. He was also Chair of Ireland's National Productivity Board. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland and a Member of the National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change. Peter's experience includes working in partnership with senior civil servants and with industry. In addition to serving Cabinet Committees on Economic Renewal, Climate Change and Energy Security, and Science, Technology and Innovation, he was a member of Irish Government delegations to the European Council, the UN General Assembly, Davos World Economic Forum, Asia-Europe Meetings, a series of overseas trade missions, as well as the Taoiseach's delegations to meet Heads of States, including US President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. He has worked with a number of NGOs and was a Director of, a 'think-tank' funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. He formerly represented UCD on the Creative Dublin Alliance. Between 2011 and 2014, Peter served as UCD Vice-President with responsibility for innovation and corporate partnerships. He has held academic positions in the Arts Faculty, Engineering Faculty and College of Human Sciences and served as Head of four Departments. Peter has also served as Director of the UCD Urban Institute and Director of NovaUCD. He was a lead investigator in two successful inter-institutional PRTLI bids (UCD Urban Institute Ireland and the UCD Earth Institute) which raised approximately €60m. With colleagues, he has also raised approximately 10m euro in research funding through European Framework and other programmes. In 2007, Peter co-founded EnvEcon Ltd, a spin out company which won a NovaUCD Entrepreneur award. In 2014, Peter was made a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute for distinguished contributions to sustainable development research and, in 2017, was conferred with a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences for distinguished contributions to social science research.


  • Jean Monnet Full Professor and Chair of Public Policy
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 May 2003
  • University Vice-President with responsibility for Innovation, Enterprise Development & Corporate Partnerships
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2011 - 31 Mar 2014
  • Director, Urban Institute Ireland (and formation of UCD Earth Institute)
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2007 - 1 Jun 2008


  • Chair, National Competitiveness Council of Ireland
    Government of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2015 - 31 Jul 2019
  • Board Member, Climate Change Advisory Council
    Government of Ireland, Ireland1 Jun 2015
  • Chief Policy Adviser to the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister)
    Government of Ireland1 Jun 2008 - 31 Jan 2011
  • Member, National Economic and Social Council
    Government of Ireland1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2008
  • Chairman of the Board
    European Science Foundation1 Aug 2019
  • Member
    National Competitiveness Council1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2014
  • Chairman
    National Productivity Board of Ireland1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jul 2019


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Dip EnvImpAssMgt
    University College Dublin


  • Fellow for distinguished contributions to social science research
    Academy of Social Sciences, London19 Jul 2018
  • Lifetime Honorary Member for distinguished contributions to the art and science of planning
    Royal Town Planning Institute, London, United Kingdom1 Jan 2016


  • Advanced Management Programme
    Harvard Business School, USA1 Jan 2012 - 1 Jan 2012
  • Certificate in Corporate Governance
    ICM, United Kingdom1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019