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Ciara Beausang

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Ciara graduated from University College Cork in 2015 with a BSc in Environmental Plant Biotechnology. She completed an MSc in Food Security at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Ciara commenced her PhD at University College Dublin in 2017. Her research examined the environmental consequences of using agricultural feedstocks for anaerobic digestion in Ireland via life cycle assessment. Ciara joined the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research Centre at Grange Co. Meath in November 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. The focus of her research is the economic and environmental sustainability of biogas production from grass and grass-based products.


2015: BSc Environmental Plant Biotechnology, University College Cork

2016: MSc Food Security, University of Edinburgh

2021: PhD Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin



Beausang, C., McDonnell, K., & Murphy, F. (2021). Assessing the environmental sustainability of grass silage and cattle slurry for biogas production. Journal Of Cleaner Production298, 126838. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126838

Beausang, C., McDonnell, K., & Murphy, F. (2020). Anaerobic digestion of poultry litter – A consequential life cycle assessment. Science Of The Total Environment735, 139494. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139494

Beausang, C., Hall, C., & Toma, L. (2017). Food waste and losses in primary production: Qualitative insights from horticulture. Resources, Conservation And Recycling126, 177-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.07.042