As an environmental scientist Tara understands the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on people and their rights. Her focus is on solutions that are accessible to all. 

Policy Adviser

Tara is a proven thought leader on climate justice and environmental issues in the context of international development.

She has 20 years’ experience influencing and informing international and national policy making to ensure equity, gender equality, inclusion and environmental protection. A seasoned policy adviser past clients include the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, the OECD, The Elders, SIDA (the Swedish government’s development agency), the World Bank, the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland.

Tara worked as a climate negotiator at the UN for 10 years and acted as a reviewer of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5oC. She is a guest lecturer on several degrees and masters’ courses in Irish Universities and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development. Dr Shine is an alumnae of Homeward Bound, the global leadership programme for women in science.

Public Speaker

Tara’s knowledge, passion and interest in climate change, the environment and development issues has taken her across the seven continents of the world in many different capacities. She advises world leaders, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations globally.

Her understanding of the international climate change negotiations as well as the role that business and politics play in the complex geopolitics global decision making positions Tara as a sought after Public Speaker and Policy Adviser.

Tara holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a PhD in Geography from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She has contributed to research, policy and teaching in countries across Africa, Asia and Europe.


“As an adviser and thought leader Tara is committed to shaping lasting and transformative solutions on climate, sustainability and development that are fair and accessible to everyone.”

Jan Corfee-Morlot, PhD –  Adviser to the New Climate Economy and the OECD


Some of the world leaders and global organisations Tara has worked with on climate change and sustainable development.

“As a born Explorer, I enjoy getting out into the wild to explore the environment first hand.”



Tara took part in an expedition to Antarctica in January 2019 as part of Homeward Bound, a global leadership programme for women in science.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a global leadership programme for women scientists. The aim of each trip is to provide the participants opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise, form international networks and research collaborations to address climate change, and increase the visibility of women scientists in academia and industry.

Tara, one of the 80 women selected from all over the world, used this opportunity to raise awareness of the need to promote and encourage women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) in Ireland.

From the deserts of Mauritania to the rainforests of Borneo, Tara enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories and lived experiences. She is a qualified PADI Dive master with hundreds of dives completed in a underwater habitats around the world.

TV Presenter

On TV, Tara has presented programmes including A Wild Irish Year and Wild Cities for RTE, Brave New World with Stephen Hawking for Channel 4 the BBC’s  Expedition Borneo. Her discovery of Nile Crocodiles in West Africa was the subject of an acclaimed BBC 2 Natural World documentary, Lost Crocodiles of the Pharaohs.

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Social Entrepreneur

In 2018, Tara co-founded a social enterprise, Change by Degrees, which educates and inspires people to live more sustainability at home, at work and in their community. Tara and her co-founder, Madeleine Murray, are Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Awardees 2018; an accolade awarded for creating big ideas to solve Ireland’s social problems. Tara and Madeleine also co-founded Plastic Free Kinsale, a community initiative to reduce the use of single use plastics and Plastic Free 4 Schools, a programme for primary schools in Ireland.

“ Tara brings a wealth of professional experience and know-how to our work and marries it with a very real, heartfelt love of the environment and a desire to protect it. She sees opportunities and makes links where no one else does, helping people form a greater understanding of what it is to play our part in shaping a brighter, healthier and safer future.”




In this instructive and inspiring book, Tara reveals the environmental significance of a wide range of commonplace objects, from mobile phones to televisions, from pens and paper to drinking straws and wet wipes. She suggests how to make achievable, affordable and genuinely effective changes that will improve your life and benefit our planet. 


Available to pre-order now on Amazon and Book Depository.  Available in all good book shops from 16 April 2020.  For sneaky previews follow my twitter account or Change by Degrees on Instagram


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