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Piers Reilly

Postgraduate Researcher

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Consumption and change , Business, management and leadership

Piers joined ARU in January 2022 as a PhD Researcher having previously worked in government and industry, advising on sustainability, security, and international law. His multidisciplinary research is examining the governance of the net zero carbon transition. 

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Piers joined the GSI from a career working across a range of topics, linked together via the themes of sustainability and security.

Most recently he designed and managed a project aiming to create a model for sustainability transitions in France, including the adoption of sustainable farming methods, creation of carbon neutral businesses, and a community outreach strategy designed to reduce adversarial dispute. 

Prior to this, Piers worked as an advisor on a specialised contract at the Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères where he advised on the topics of extrajudicial law, strategic autonomy, and environmental security.

Piers has also submitted advice to the EU Parliament on the future of the Dublin regulation, presented briefings to several governments on hybrid threat response strategies, and delivered pro bono advice to refugees and migrants.

His PhD research involves the creation and deployment of a governance framework designed to deliver a rapid transition to net zero carbon, utilising participatory action research strategies, transitions management methods, and techniques drawn from alternative dispute resolution.

Piers is particularly interested by interdisciplinary projects, taking knowledge and inspiration from a broad variety of research areas. 

Research interests
  • The Net Zero Transition 
  • Justice and Timeliness in Transitions
  • Governance, Sovereignty, and Democracy
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LLM (EU law) Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • LLB (hons) BPP University, London UK