Dr Patrick Bresnihan

Geography

Lecturer

Rhetoric House
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(01) 708 3756

Biography

I am a lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. I joined the Department in 2019. Before joining Maynooth, I was lecturer in the Department of Geography in Trinity College Dublin (2015-2019). I have a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and an MPhil in History from Cambridge University (2007).

I work across the interdisciplinary fields of political ecology, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities. My research has looked at different but related concerns around water, land, and energy in Ireland and how these speak to broader questions of colonial and postcolonial development, environmental politics and the ‘green’ transition. My book, Transforming the Fisheries: Neoliberalism, Nature and the Commons (University of Nebraska Press, 2016) won the Geography Society of Ireland Book of the Year in 2018. 

Research Interests

My current research looks at the expansion of data centres in Ireland, the role that big tech plays in shaping Ireland's energy future, and the spatial justice implications of large-scale renewable energy and grid infrastructure development across Ireland. This work connects a number of longstanding interests, including how Ireland's colonial and postcolonial history continues to shape present-day development; the enrolling of rural landscapes (particularly bogs) within state and corporate projects; the justice implications of national and international environmental policy and governance; and the place-based resistance of affected communities, whose connections to land and environment are often discounted within planning and development.

My book, All We Want is the Earth. Land, Labour and Movements beyond Environmentalism, written with long-time collaborator Naomi Millner (Bristol University), will be published in 2023 with Bristol University Press. 

My research is often collaborative, including working with local community groups, activists, and artists. I am interested in experimenting with creative methods and practices. This interest has been shaped by my involvement in the Provisional University (provisionaluniversity.wordpress.ie) and the Authority Research Network (www.authorityresearch.net)

I am currently supervising:
- Jamie Rohu on Just transitions on the Irish peatlands (IRC-funded).
- Laure Detymowski on urban environmental justice (IRC-funded).
- Robert Keogh on offshore energy & the politics of degrowth (John Hume Scholarship)

Books

  Year Publication
2023 All We Want is the Earth. Land, Labour and Movements Beyond Environmentalism.
Patrick Bresnihan and Naomi Millner (2023) All We Want is the Earth. Land, Labour and Movements Beyond Environmentalism. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. [Details]
2016 Transforming the Fisheries : Neoliberalism, Nature, and the Commons.
Patrick Bresnihan (2016) Transforming the Fisheries : Neoliberalism, Nature, and the Commons. Lincoln, United States: University of Nebraska Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2022 'Waste, improvement and repair on Ireland's Peat Bogs'
Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie (2022) 'Waste, improvement and repair on Ireland's Peat Bogs' In: Ecological Reparation. Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. [Details]
2022 'Tilting at Windmills'
Patrick Bresnihan (2022) 'Tilting at Windmills' In: Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Method from Chemistry to Cosmology. Atlanta, US: Duke University Press. [Details]
2022 'Decolonising environmental politics'
Patrick Bresnihan and Naomi Millner (2022) 'Decolonising environmental politics' In: Viviana Asara, Emanuele Leonardi, Luigi Pellizzoni (eds). Handbook of Critical Environmental Politics. UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
2021 'Emerging Geographies of Data and Energy Politics in Ireland'
Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie (2021) 'Emerging Geographies of Data and Energy Politics in Ireland' In: Fiona McDermott, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster (eds). Entanglement. New York, United States: ACTAR. [Details]
2020 'Cneasú creathí: Healing the Wound'
Patrick Bresnihan and Monica de Bath (2020) 'Cneasú creathí: Healing the Wound' In: Karen Till (eds). Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields & Gardens. Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland: Maynooth University Department of Geography. [Details]
2020 'State and community enterprise: Negotiating water management in rural Ireland'
Patrick Bresnihan and Arielle Hesse (2020) 'State and community enterprise: Negotiating water management in rural Ireland' In: The Handbook of Diverse Economies. UK: Elgar. [Details]
2020 'Climate Action via Just Transitions Across the Island of Ireland: Labour, Land and the Low-Carbon Transition'
Sinead Mercier, Patrick Bresnihan, Damien Mcllroy, John Barry (2020) 'Climate Action via Just Transitions Across the Island of Ireland: Labour, Land and the Low-Carbon Transition' In: David Robbins, Diarmuid Torney, Pat Brereton (eds). Ireland and the Climate Crisis. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan. [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Beyond Limits to Growth: Neoliberal Natures and the Green Economy'
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) 'Beyond Limits to Growth: Neoliberal Natures and the Green Economy' In: The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2015 'The more-than-human commons: From commons to commoning'
Patrick Bresnihan (2015) 'The more-than-human commons: From commons to commoning' In: Space, Power and the Commons: The Struggle for Alternative Futures. UK: Routledge. [Details]
2013 'Participation in (a time of) crisis'
Patrck Bresnihan (2013) 'Participation in (a time of) crisis' In: Problems of Participation. Reflections on Authority, Democracy and the Struggle for Common Life. Brighton, UK: ARN Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2017 Problems of Hope
Patrick Bresnihan, Claire Blencowe and Leila Dawney (Ed.). (2017) Problems of Hope Brighton, UK: ARN Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Geographies of Authority'
Julian Brigstocke, Patrick Bresnihan, Leila Dawney, Naomi Millner (2021) 'Geographies of Authority'. Progress in Human Geography, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Political ecologies of infrastructural and intestinal decay'
Patrick Bresnihan and Arielle Hesse (2020) 'Political ecologies of infrastructural and intestinal decay'. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, [full-text] [Details]
2018 'O comum mais-que-humano: do comum à comunalização'
Patrick Bresnihan (2018) 'O comum mais-que-humano: do comum à comunalização'. Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política, [full-text] [Details]
2016 'The bio-financialization of Irish Water: New advances in the neoliberalization of vital services'
Bresnihan P. (2016) 'The bio-financialization of Irish Water: New advances in the neoliberalization of vital services'. Utilities Policy, 40 :115-124 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 'Water, our relative: trauma, healing and hydropolitics'
Patrick Bresnihan (2018) 'Water, our relative: trauma, healing and hydropolitics'. Community Development Journal, [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Revisiting neoliberalism in the oceans: Governmentality and the biopolitics of ‘improvement’in the Irish and European fisheries'
Patrick Bresnihan (2017) 'Revisiting neoliberalism in the oceans: Governmentality and the biopolitics of ‘improvement’in the Irish and European fisheries'. Environment and Planning A, [full-text] [Details]
2017 'The (slow) tragedy of improvement: Neoliberalism, fisheries management & the institutional commons'
Patrick Bresnihan (2017) 'The (slow) tragedy of improvement: Neoliberalism, fisheries management & the institutional commons'. World Development, [full-text] [Details]
2015 'Escape into the city: Everyday practices of commoning and the production of urban space in Dublin'
Patrick Bresnihan and Michael Byrne (2015) 'Escape into the city: Everyday practices of commoning and the production of urban space in Dublin'. Antipode, [full-text] [Details]
2013 'John Clare and the manifold commons'
Patrick Bresnihan (2013) 'John Clare and the manifold commons'. Environmental Humanities, [full-text] [Details]
2013 'From land to sea: unsettling subjectivities'
Patrick Bresnihan (2013) 'From land to sea: unsettling subjectivities'. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, [full-text] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 RGS-IBG Conference of Geographers.
Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie (2021) RGS-IBG Conference of Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Carbon Storage, Enduring Ecologies, and the “Green” Transformation of Ireland’s Peat Bogs, RGS-IBG Conference of Geographers [Details]
2020 Decentering Data Centres.
Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie (2020) Decentering Data Centres. [Oral Presentation], EASST/4S (Society for Social Studies of Science), Prague [Details]
2020 Irish Political Ecology.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Irish Political Ecology. [Oral Presentation], European Sociological Association Conference, Maynooth University [Details]
2020 Bog Futures and the Politics of Repair.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Bog Futures and the Politics of Repair. [Invited Lecture], UCD Seminar Series, UCD, Dublin [Details]
2020 Toxic Flows: Scale, spatio-temporality, and the lived experiences of toxicity on bodies and the environment.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Toxic Flows: Scale, spatio-temporality, and the lived experiences of toxicity on bodies and the environment. [Invited Oral Presentation], Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, London [Details]
2020 Layers 3: Remnants, brownlands and wetlands.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Layers 3: Remnants, brownlands and wetlands. [Invited Oral Presentation], Creative Rathangan Layers, Rathangan, Kildare [Details]
2020 Just transition.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Just transition. [Invited Oral Presentation], EEAC Just Transition Online Conference, Dublin [Details]
2020 Bog Futures and the Politics of Repair.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Bog Futures and the Politics of Repair. [Invited Lecture], Maynooth Seminar Series, Maynooth University [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2021 Learning from Group Water Schemes: Community Infrastructures for Sustainable Development.
Patrick Bresnihan, Arielle Hesse and James Merricks-White (2021) Learning from Group Water Schemes: Community Infrastructures for Sustainable Development. Environmental Protection Agency, Clonskeagh, Dublin. [Details]
2019 Public engagement in water governance. Report to The Water Forum.
Patrick Bresnihan and Arielle Hesse (2019) Public engagement in water governance. Report to The Water Forum. An Forum Uisce, Ireland. [Details]
2016 Valuing Nature – Perspectives and Issues.
Patrick Bresnihan (2016) Valuing Nature – Perspectives and Issues. National Economic and Social Council, Dublin. [Details]
2015 The Dynamics of Environmental Sustainability and Local Development: Aquaculture.
Patrick Bresnihan (2015) The Dynamics of Environmental Sustainability and Local Development: Aquaculture. National Economic and Social Council, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2020 Rural and urban, green and red, against eco-austerity.
Patrick Bresnihan (2020) Rural and urban, green and red, against eco-austerity. Blog [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2020 Energy vacuums: Data centres, renewable energy, and rural politics.
Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie (2020) Energy vacuums: Data centres, renewable energy, and rural politics. Magazine Article [Details]