Dr Paul Bolger is manager of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, Ireland. He has a BSc Degree in Environmental Science, holds a PhD in Chemistry and a Masters in Business Administration. He has worked across academia, industry and government for over 20 years developing long term research solutions for global sustainability challenges.
He is currently Principal Investigator on the Imagining 2050 research project which is engaging with civic society using innovative approaches to co-develop pathways to a low carbon and climate resilient future. He is also Principal Investigator on NEWTRIENTS research project which uses a circular economy approach to produce value-added products from dairy industry wastewater
Dr Bolger is an EPA 2019 Fulbright Scholar and will examine how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is being utilised at sustainability research institutes at Duke University, Cornell University, Colombia University and Arizona State University to achieve more robust and sustainable research outcomes, and to examine the skills needed by researchers for successful transdisciplinary collaboration.
Dr Bolger lectures on wastewater treatment and circular economy in UCC. He established the UCC Climate Lab within the Environmental Research Institute in 2015. He is An Taisce Climate Ambassador and Chair of Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland from 2011-2015. He runs a science club in his local primary school.