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Mary Ryan

Specialist - Environmental Economics/Rural Development

Research Interests

Environmental and natural resource economics:

  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Adoption of farm level measures 

Rural Development

  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Development supports


Rural Development Programme Coordinator

Current Projects

  • Harmony – High Status Waterbodies: – Managing and Optimising Nutrients (DAFM)
  • COSAINT – Cattle exclusion from watercourses (EPA)
  • Farm ECOS – Farm Biodiversity Enhancement measures (DAFM)
  • Risk AquaSoil– climate change and adaptation (Interreg)
  • FOROWN – Forest owner ECOVALUE – Valuing Forest Ecosystems (DAFM)
  • Sustainability of Irish Farms (Teagasc)
  • CEDRA Plus: A Collaborative Approach to the Delivery of Enterprise Supports and Skills in Rural Areas (Teagasc)
  • FLINT – Farm Level Information for New policy Topics (FP7)


  • PhD (Env Economics) NUI Galway
  • M.Agr. Sc Env) UCD
  • B. Agr.Sc (Forestry) UCD
  • H Dip (Financial Mgt) WIT
  • Grad Dip (Public Mgt) NUI

Professional Membership

  • European Association of Agricultural Economists
  • Agricultural Economics Association
  • Society of Irish Foresters

Daly, K., Breuil, M., Buckley, C., O’Donohgue, C., Ryan, M., Seale, C. (2017). A review of water quality policies in relation to public good benefits and community engagement in rural Ireland. European Countryside, ISSN (Online) 1803-8417, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0006. 

O'Donoghue, C. NUIG, Ryan, M, Leavy, E., Clavin, D. and Heery, D. Dept. Foreign Affairs Dublin (2017). Policy incentives and the organic value chain in Ireland.  In: 11th International European forum on System dynamics and innovation in food networks, Austria, 13-Feb-2017, 23 pages 

Micha, E., Roberts, W., Ryan, M and Daly, K. (2017). Phosphorus management in High Status River Bodies: A scenario participatory approach for effectiveness evaluation of mitigation options.  In: XV EAAE Congress, Parma, Italy, 29-Aug-2017, ID 48  35875 

Ryan, M, Finn, J.A., Dillon, E. and Brennan, N. (2017). Farm sustainability for better policy evaluation with FADN.  In: EU FP7 End of Project Report - editors: Krijn Popper and hans Vrolijk, Brussells, 12-May-2017, 72 pages

O’Donoghue, C. and Ryan, M. (2017) Inter-temporal Microsimulation Modelling: Forestry Planting Decisions. In: O’Donoghue, C. Farm Level Microsimulation Modelling. Palgrave MacMillan, London.  

Ryan, M. and O'Donoghue, C. (2016). Socio-economic drivers of farm afforestation decision-making. Irish Forestry. Vol 73, pp 96-121  ISSN 0021-1192  35445 

Ryan, M., Hennessy, T., Buckley, C., Dillon, E., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K. and Moran, B. (2016). Developing farm-level sustainability indicators for Ireland using the Teagasc National Farm Survey. Irish Journal of Agriculture and Food. Vol 55(2) Pp 112-125  ISSN 0021-1192   

Ryan, M., O'Donoghue, C. and Phillips, H. (2016). Modelling financially optimal afforestation and forest management scenarios using a bio-economic model. Open Journal of Forestry Vol. 6 pp 19-38  ISSN 2163-0429 

Brennan, N., Ryan, M., Cullen, P., Hennessy, T. and Dillon, E. (2016). Going beyond FADN: The use of additional data to gain insights into extension service use across European Union Member States. Studies in Agricultural Economics. 18. http://dx.org/10.7896/j1630.

O’Donohgue, C., Devisme, S., Ryan, M., Gilepsie, P. and Conneely, R., (2016) Farm Economic Sustainability in the EU - A Pilot Study. Studies in Agricultural Economics. 18. http://dx.org/10.7896/j1630.

Bullock, C., O'Callaghan, C., Ni Dhubhain, A., Iwata, Y., O'Donoghue, C., Ryan, M, Upton, V., Byrne, K. A., Irwin, S., O’Halloran, J. and Kelly-Quinn, M. (2016). A review of the range and value of ecosystem services from Irish forests. Irish Forestry Vol. 73, pp 65-95  ISSN 0021-1192 

O'Donoghue, C., McKinstry, A., Green, S., Fealy, R., Heanue, K, Ryan, M, Connolly, K., Desplat, J.C., Horan, B. and Crosson, P. (2016). A Blueprint for a big data analytical solution to low farmer engagement with financial management. International Food and Agribusiness Management. Review Vol. 19 Issue A, pp 131-153 

Latruffe, L, Finn, J., Ryan, M., Desjeux, Y.,Bockstaller, C., Kelly, E. (2016) Measurement of sustainability in agriculture: a review of indicators Studies in Agricultural Economics. 18. http://dx.org/10.7896/j1630 (available online Jan 2017).

Ryan, M and O'Donoghue, C. (2016). Heterogeneous economic and behavioural drivers of the farm afforestation decision.  In: 18th BIOICON conference, Kings College, Cambridge, UK, 14-Sep-2016,  23 pages.

Micha, E., Roberts, W., Ryan, M and Daly, K. (2016). Effective Phosphorus Management in High Status River Bodies: management practices and pollution mitigation options. Conference Proceedings.  In: IWA Regional conference on diffuse pollution and catchment management, Dublin City University, 23-Oct-2016, pg 229.

Lynch, John M., Hennessy, T., Buckley, C., Dillon, E., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K., Moran, B. and Ryan, M (2016). Teagasc national farm survey 2015 sustainability report. Teagasc 9781841706313. 30 pages.

Ryan, M, Buckley, C., Dillon, E., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K., Hennessy, T., Moran, B. and Kelly, E.  (2015). The most economically efficient farms produce lowest GHG emissions per kg of product. Eurochoices Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp 26-27, April  ISSN 1478 0917

Howley, P., Buckley, C., O'Donoghue, C. and Ryan, M (2015). Explaining the apparent 'irrationality' of farmers' land use behaviour: The role of productivist attitudes and non-pecuniary benefits.  Ecological Economics Vol. 109, pp 186-193  ISSN 0921-8009 

Upton, V., Ryan, M, O'Donoghue, C. and Ni. Dhubhain, A (2015). Combining conventional and volunteered geographic information to identify and model forest recreational resources. Applied Geography Vol. 60, June, pp 69-76  ISSN 0143-6228.

Ryan, M, McCormack, Michele, O'Donoghue, C. and Upton, V. (2014). The role of subsidy payments  in the uptake of forestry by the typical cattle farmer in Ireland from 1984 to 2012. Irish Forestry pp 92-112  ISSN 0021-1192 

Upton, V., O'Donoghue, C. and Ryan, M (2014). The Physical, Economic and Policy Drivers of Land Conversion to Forestry In Ireland. Journal of Environmental Management 132(2014) pp 79-86  ISSN 0301-4797 

Howley, P., Hynes, , O'Donoghue, C., Farrelly, N. and Ryan, M (2012). Farm and farmer characteristics affecting the decision to plant forests in Ireland. Irish Forestry Vol. 68: Nos. 1&2, pp 33-43  ISSN 0021-1192 

Howley, P., Ryan, M and O'Donoghue, C. (2012). Forestry in Ireland: an examination of individual's prefereneces and attitudes towards the non-market benefits of forests. Irish Geography pp 1-12  ISSN 0075-0778. 

McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Ryan, M (2011). Missed opportunity or cautionary steps?. European Countryside 0  ISSN 1803-8417

Breen, J, Clancy, D., Ryan, M and Wallace, Michael. (2010). Irish Land Use Change and the decision to afforest: An Economic Analysis. Irish Forestry Vol 67 pp 6-20  ISSN 0021-1192. 

2 PhD students completed
4 PhD students (current)