ENVP30010 Environmental Management

Academic Year 2021/2022

Environmental management is about controlling human activities that have a significant impact on the environment. However, different philosophies of environmental management and its relationship to human development yield different solutions. Understanding the issues surrounding natural resource management and combining these with current policies for environmental management can provide valuable tools for reducing human impact on the environment.

This course will focus on the use of market based instruments (MBIs) for environmental management and sustainable development. It will compare the regulatory approaches of environmental management to those employing MBIs at different special scales and examine the types of policy instruments that can be utilised for environmental management (e.g. EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Environmental Tax Reform etc.). It will examine the institutional and agency frameworks necessary for the successful implementation of MBIs.

This course aims to provide students with a grounding in economic approaches to environmental management for addressing modern sustainability issues. There will be a thorough introduction to the theoretical rationale for the use of MBIs in environmental resource management, as well as the institutional arrangements that underpin them. A number of case studies will be utilised to shed light on the problems of designing and introducing effective environmental management policies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of the course, you should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for the use of MBI in environmental management; Describe and explain the policy framework necessary for environmental management at different spatial scales; Outline the key institutional challenges facing the implementation of MBIs for natural resource management; Outline and evaluate key policy approaches for environmental resource management at different spatial scales (local, regional, national and European Union).

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative Topics Covered:
1. Course introduction and outline
2. Sustainable Development / Limits to Growth
3. Environmental Management Approaches
4. Ecosystem services and Environmental Management
5. New Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPI)
6. Participants in Environmental Management
7. The need for Environmental Management: Globally and in Urban Area
8. Integrated Environmental Management
9. Environmental Management Instruments 1
10. Environmental Management Instruments 2
11. Regulation and Environmental Management
12. Class presentations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module include group work; traditional lectures; critical writing and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PEP30120 - Topics in Urban & Reg Planning

Environmental Management (GEOG30390), Environmental Management (PEP30130)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group project and presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQs Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Individual assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In-class feedback will be provided on the group presentations. Online feedback will be provided on the group submissions

Reading List

Anja Kollmuss & Julian Agyeman (2002) Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior?, Environmental Education Research, 8:3, 239-260.

Barrow, Chris (2006). Environmental Management for Sustainable Development, Routledge: London

Berry, P. M., T. P. Dawson, P. A. Harrison, and R. G. Pearson.(2002). Modeling potential impacts of climate change on the bioclimatic envelope of species in Britain and Ireland. Global Ecology and Biogeography 11:453-462.

Brereton, F, Clinch, P. and Ferreira, F. (2008) ‘Happiness, Geography and the Environment’. Ecological Economics. 65 (2), pp 386 – 396.

Davies, A., Fahy, F., Taylor, D., 2005. Mind the gap: householders attitude and actions towards waste in Ireland. Irish Geography Vol. 38 (2), pp. 151–168.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (2007), National Forestry Inventory: Republic of Ireland Results, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Wexford.

Elliot, J.A., (2013), An Introduction to Sustainable Development: Fourth Edition, Routledge, London.

EPA, (2008), Chapter 11 Land Use, Ireland’s Environment 2008, EPA: Wexford.

Ferreira, S. and Moro, M. 2011. “Constructing Genuine Savings Indicators for Ireland, 1995-2005.” Journal of Environmental Management, (92), pp 542 – 553.

Heritage Council, (2010), Proposals for Ireland’s Landscapes 2010, The Heritage Council: Dublin.
Rogers, P. et al. (2008), An Introduction to Sustainable Development, Earthscan, London.

OECD: Alternatives to Traditional Regulation

United Nations Environment Programme (2005). Talk the Walk: Advancing Sustainable Lifestyles Through Marketing and Communications, United Nations Environment Programme, UN Global Compact and Utopies.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 16:50