Rónán Kennedy researches and teaches environmental law, information technology law, and the intersections between these. He has a background in information technology and information systems, including spending much of the 1990s working in the industry as a programmer, analyst and webmaster. His involvement in environmental protection include establishing the Ecology Society in what was then University College Galway as an undergraduate, and his membership of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage, including a period as chair of its board of directors. In 2016, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency on the nomination of the Irish Environmental Law Association.
He worked as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Ronan Keane, from 2000 to 2004. During this time, he was editor of “The Supreme Court of Ireland: A History”, first editor of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal from 2001 to 2003, and was involved in a number of initiatives to expand the use of information technology in the courts. Before coming to the Law Faculty in NUI Galway, he taught environmental law and public international law in the University of Limerick. He was the co-ordinator of the LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance from 2008 to 2014 and was Associate Head for Development and Promotion for the School from April 2009 to April 2010.