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David O'byrne

Forskare, Sustainability Science

Personlig profil

Forskning

My current Post-doctoral work is divided between two projects, both international collaborations focusing on different aspects of sustainable development in a total of 9 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The first project is concerned with human migration induced by socially mediated environmental changes. My focus within this project is on the role that contentious political action plays both as a driver and as a result of migration. The second project is an evaluation of investments in agroforestry and other sustainable land managment practices as part of the Great Green Wall project in the Sahel region. I focus, in particular, on the social impacts of these interventions. 

My PhD work focused on sustainable development in the Mississippi river delta. River deltas area often densely populated, ecologically diverse and economically productive regions. Many are sinking faster than the sea level is rising, while losing further land to canals and pipelines, sediment starvation and sand theft. This increases the risk of flooding with sometimes tragic consequences for people who inhabit and work in these regions. My research looked at the social response to this problem, in government adaptation plans and civil society action, in the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana, U.S.A. In the interest of producing use-inspired basic research, a central tenet of Sustainability Science, my aim was to contribute scientific analysis to action towards improved delta sustainability.

 

Undervisning

I have coordinated and taught in a number of courses, mostly at the Master's level in the LUMES program, and have supervised 13 students' Master's theses. Between 2014 and 2021 I taught in the course MESS32 Social Theory and Sustainability, and I started to coordinate this course in 2017. I coordinated and taught the applied sustainability course MESS37 Knowledge to Action between 2017 and 2019. Otherwise, I have given a number of seminars and lectures in a range of Bachelor's and Master's courses covering Social Movements, General Social Theory, Economy and Sustainability, Development Theory, amongst others. 

Expertis relaterad till FN:s globala mål

2015 godkände FN:s medlemsstater 17 Globala mål för en hållbar utveckling, för att utrota fattigdomen, skydda planeten och garantera välstånd för alla. Den här personens arbete relaterar till följande Globala mål:

  • SDG 2 – Ingen hunger
  • SDG 7 – Hållbar energi för alla
  • SDG 13 – Bekämpa klimatförändringarna
  • SDG 14 – Hav och marina resurser
  • SDG 15 – Ekosystem och biologiskt mångfald

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap

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