Dr. Patrick Regan

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Dr. Patrick Regan

Associate Director, Environmental Change Initiative for ND-GAIN
Professor, Political Science & Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Patrick Regan is the Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) for ND-GAIN. In this role, Regan leads academic scholarship around ND-GAIN by amplifying faculty engagement in climate adaptation, identifying funding opportunities to enhance the University’s climate research capacity, directing scholarly output and products, as well as other responsibilities to promote the shared goals of ND-ECI and ND-GAIN.

Regan is a Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at Notre Dame and a Faculty Fellow in the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace. His primary research has focused on the role of external actors in managing armed conflict. He studies how interventions shape conflict, paying particular attention to the interaction between military interventions and diplomatic mediation in civil wars. Regan is also exploring the conditions under which water scarcity driven by climate changes influences the likelihood of observing armed conflict. A key part of this research involves the role of social adaptation to the climate stressors.

He is the author of four books, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2014), Sixteen Million One: Understanding Civil War (Paradigm, 2010), Civil Wars and Foreign Powers (Michigan, 2000), and Organizing Societies for War (Praeger, 1994). He has published a number of research articles in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, among others. 

Regan was most recently (fall 2015) a visiting scholar at China’s Sichuan University’s Center on Ecology, Environment and Sustainability and a Fulbright research fellow at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway. He was also the 2013 president of the Peace Science Society.