Rev Paul Rooney
HEAD OF GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Geography and Environmental Science
0151 291 3933
Between 1996 â€“ 1999 I was the Project Officer for the Sefton Coast LIFE Project, an EU co-financed partnership to develop a conservation strategy and implement practical action for the sand dunes of the Sefton Coast, north west England. Previous to this I managed a series of coastal dune nature reserves with the award winning Sefton Coast Management Scheme.
I joined Liverpool Hope University in January 1999 and am currently the Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science. During 2004 â€“ 2006, and in addition to duties within the department, I was a â€˜Learning and Teaching Fellowâ€™ operating across the university with special responsibility for â€˜Supporting Student Successâ€™. In 2010 the university awarded me the title 'Enterprise Fellow' in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution to enterprise activities undertaken in the field of environmental management. I lead our MSc in Ecology and Environmental Management. This is a long established programme and is one of the best recruiting and most successful postgraduate programmes at Liverpool Hope.
I am a Chartered Environmentalist, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy / Advance HE
I am an environmental geographer with an international reputation and unparalleled expertise in the ecology, geomorphology and conservation management of coastal sand dunes, researching, publishing and providing practical advice in this field. I acted as an expert witness leading opposition evidence for the public body Scottish Natural Heritage at the 2008 public inquiry for the Donald Trump Menie Links development and the 2019 public inquiry opposing a similar development at Coul Links. I established the Sand Dune Network in 2006, and direct this initiative with the aim of assisting the conservation of coastal sand dunes as dynamic landscapes. My current (2020) research projects on dunes include being a co-investigator in a NERC funded project 'Landscape-scale environmental drivers of coastal dune mobility' and a research project funded by the R&A to explore the understandings of coastal change held by links (dune and cliff) golf clubs in the British Isles.
I am a permanent deacon (ordained minister) in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. Related to this I am a co-investigator leading the Ministry Research Project. This research project aims to improve the strategic planning and evidence-based decision-making relating to the deployment of the rich resource of permanent deacons and to evaluate the Archdiocesan Pastoral Associates Pilot Project.
- Steering Committee member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Coastal Systems
- Convenor of the North West England Geographical Section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and Vice-Convenor of their Academia Special Interest Group
- Conservation Committee Member at the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
- Holder of Natural England conservation licenses for the protected species Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis, the Natterjack Toad Epidalea calamita, all species of Bats and the Great Crested Newt Triturus cristasus
- Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor at Carmel College, St Helens, a Catholic Sixth Form College, rated as one of the top ten colleges in the country
- Trustee and Board Member of Nugent, a registered charity and a major service provider and employer providing residential special schools (including day places), children's homes (including a secure unit), care homes for adults and older people, a wide range of community support for people of all ages, supported living services and an adoption agency
- Member of the Management Committee of Animate, the Liverpool Archdiocese Youth Ministry initiative, and member of the Archdiocescan Ecumenism Commission
- Two decades of experience of external examining and course validation in a higher education setting, both nationally and internationally.
In 2020 I gained the 'Josephine Butler Volunteer of the Year Award' for my outstanding contribution to ecumenical initiatives and social action at Liverpool Hope University and with St Helens Street Pastors.