EPA research framework agreements

The EPA has also entered research framework agreements for specific areas of research:

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EPA-ESRI research framework agreement

The EPA/ESRI Environment Research Programme brings together a diverse set of research topics with the objective of assessing the ways in which the environment interacts with economic and social processes.

The latest (fourth) phase started in July 2022; the programme covers thirteen projects which can be grouped into the following themes:

  • health and the environment
  • behaviour and the environment
  • climate policy
  • environmental regulation, enforcement, and remediation

The third phase was carried out between July 2020 and July 2022, the programme covered ten projects on topics such as the link between water quality and human health; behavioural interventions to improve waste management; the design of a green, equitable and socially responsible agricultural subsidy scheme; and green VAT reform. 

Read the final report of the third phase: Research on the Environment, Health, Consumer Behaviour and the Economy

The second phase was carried out between 2018 and 2020 with 12 topics which can be grouped into five broad themes:

  • examining the impact of the environment on health and wellbeing;
  • characteristics of biodiversity data recorders;
  • using behavioural science to design and test behaviourally informed regulatory communications;
  • examining the drivers and consequences of green innovations and green investments;
  • investigating land use and spatial planning issues.

Read the final report of the second phase: Research on the Environment, Health, Consumer Behaviour and the Economy

The first phase was carried out between 2016 and 2018 with seven topics which can be groups under three headings, each capturing a different approach to gathering evidence:

  • assembling data from many sources to characterise policies that affect the environment;
  • transforming and combining existing data in new ways to allow analysis that is more robust; and
  • collecting new data that relate human behaviour to environmental conditions and outcomes.

 Read the final report of the first phase: Research on Aspects of Ireland’s Environment, Consumer Behaviour and Health

EPA-IPA research framework agreement

The EPA-IPA Research Programme was established in 2020 to conduct research on various aspects of Ireland’s environmental governance. The programme aims to support policy makers in ensuring a robust approach to environmental governance in Ireland.

Now in Phase 2 (2022– 2024), the programme will focus on:

  • Waste and Circular Economy Governance
  • Wider Environmental Governance & Implementation Science

Phase 1 (2020-2022) focused on experimental governance and water governance. Some of the outputs from Phase 1 include the following reports: