The Project Team
Conor is the Principle Investigator on the Irish component of CROSSDRO. He is also a Professor in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. Conor’s research engages closely with enterprise, public bodies and communities. He has been awarded over €4 million in funding as PI or Co-I from National and European sources.
His research interests are broad ranging with a particular focus on:
- Modelling impacts of climate change on the water cycle and exploring how uncertainty in future impacts can be integrated into decision making.
- Historical Climatology
- Understanding the social dynamics (past, present and future) of adaptation to climate change.
- Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting and Hydroclimatology
As the stakeholder engagement lead on CROSSDRO, Sam works closely with government actors and representatives from drought sensitive sectors to learn about past drought experiences and challenges, current information needs, and co-produce a scientifically grounded and tailored knowledge base for long-term planning.
Sam’s research profile cuts across climate, water and society, with a strong focus on knowledge for climate adaptation. Broadly an environmental social scientist, he draws on insights from different fields including climate risk management, geography, science and technology studies, post-normal science, psychology and information design. He is particularly interested in how people understand weather and climate, how to enhance co-production processes, expert elicitation, uncertainty management, knowledge quality and participatory design. He has worked with different groups of people across a range of sectors and organisations in Ireland, China and Peru.