Dr. Brendan Flynn is a lecturer at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway since 1998. He is also Head of Discipline of Political Science within the school since September 2021. His PhD, on "Subsidiarity and the Evolution of EU environmental policy", and his MA (In European Politics), are both from the University of Essex. Brendan’s current research interests include maritime security and defence and security studies more broadly, but he retains an interest in environmental and security issues at the intersection of climate and energy trends. He teaches European politics and Ocean and Marine politics and has lectured at the Irish Defence Force’s Joint Senior Command and Staff Course. Recent research projects include The Evolution of Irish Defence Policy (2021-22) and the EPA funded EPIIC project (2016-2019), which examined environmental policy integration in an Irish context (see https://www.epa.ie/publications/research/socio-economics/research-290-environmental-policy-integration-innovation-and-change.php).