A native of Donegal, Dr Peter Doran is a life-long activist on peace and environmental issues. He lectures on environmental justice at Queen's University and has worked at the United Nations on climate change. He moved to Belfast with his family to lead environmental research with the Northern Ireland Assembly and later worked as a researcher and policy officer at Dáil Éireann. As a young man he spent a number of years in the Taizé Community, France, a world-renowned ecumenical monastery dedicated to post-war reconciliation. He later organised annual acts of reconciliation in Derry working with the Catholic and Church of Ireland Bishops and Cathedrals.