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Mary Ryan

Researcher - Environmental Economics / Rural Development Programme Coordinator

Research Interests

  • Extension, adoption and cost effectiveness of farm-level environmental mitigation measures
  • Rural viability, Knowledge Transfer & Supports for Food, Tourism and Recreation development
  • Farm forest economics and ecosystem services

Current Projects

  • Coordinator of the multi-disciplinary EPA/DAFM funded WaterMARKE (Mitigating Agricultural impacts through Research and Knowledge Exchange) project
  • Teagasc National Lead in the H2020 funded LIFT (Low Input Farm and Territorial) project and the DAFM funded FarmECOs project
  • Teagasc (and forestry) lead in the EPA funded SeQUEsTER (Scenarios Quantifying land Use & Emissions Transitions towards Equilibrium with Removals) project and the CoFoRD ForRec (Forest Recreation) project
  • Teagasc lead in DAFM (CoFoRD) funded ForRec (Forest Recreation) project
  • Partner in the InterReg funded Risk AquaSoil project
  • Partner in the SEAI funded Bio-Circle project, focusing on the forest bio and circular economy. 

Completed external projects:

  • FLINT – Farm Level Information for New policy Topics (FP7)
  • FOROWN – Forest Owners (DAFM – CoFoRD))
  • Cosaint – Cattle Exclusion from Watercourses (EPA)
  • Harmony – High Status Waterbodies – Managing and Optimising Nutrients (DAFM - Stimulus)
  • ECOVALUE – Valuing Forest Ecosystems (CoFoRD)
  • FIRMEC – Forestry in Ireland – Modelling its Economics (CoFoRD)


  • 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

View Google Scholar Profile 

Kilcline, K., Ní Dhubháin, Á., Ryan, M., Heanue, K., O’Donoghue, C. 2021 Addressing the challenge of wood mobilisation through an innovation systems lens. Forest Policy and Economics.  

O’Donoghue, C., Buckley, C., Chyzheuskaya, A., Green, S., Howley, P., Hynes, S., Ryan, M.  2021. The Spatial Impact of Economic Change on River Water Quality. Land Use Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105322

O’Donoghue, C., Hynes, S., Kilgarriff, P., Ryan, M. Tsakiridis, A. 2020. Assessing preferences for rural landscapes: An attribute based choice modelling approach. Bio-based and Applied Economics 9 (2).  https://oaj.fupress.net/index.php/bae/issue/view/638

Norton, D. Hynes, S., Buckley, C., Ryan, M., Doherty, E. 2020.An assessment of the value of Ireland’s agroecosystem services by water catchment. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 120B (2) 123-151. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3318/biolenviprocria.120b.issue-2.

Duffy, C., O’Donoghue, C., Ryan, M., Kilcline, K., Upton, V., Spillane, C. 2020. The impact of forestry as a land use on water quality outcomes: An integrated analysis. Forest Policy and Economics 116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102185

Cullen, P., Ryan, M., O’Donoghue, C., Hynes, S., Ó hUallacháin, D., Sheridan. H. 2020. Impact of farmer identity and attitudes on participation in agri-environment schemes. Land Use Policy. 95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104660

Kilgarriff, P., Ryan, M., O’Donoghue, C., Green, S., Ó hUallacháin, D. 2020. Livestock Exclusion from Watercourses: Policy Effectiveness and Implications. Environmental Science and Policy. 106 58-67 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.01.013

Duffy, C., O’Donoghue, C., Ryan, M., Kilcline, K., Upton, V., Spillane, C. 2020. The impact of forestry as a land use on water quality outcomes: An integrated analysis. Forest Policy and Economics 116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102185

Duffy, C., O’Donoghue, C., Ryan, M., Styles, D., Spillane, C. 2020. Afforestation: Replacing Livestock Emissions with Carbon Sequestration. Journal of Environmental Management. 264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110523

Ryan, M. and O’Donoghue C. 2019. Developing a microsimulation model for farm forestry planting decisions. International Journal of Microsimulation 12 (2)    https://www.microsimulation.org/IJM/V12_2/ijm.00199.pdf

Lynch J., Donnellan, T., Finn, J.A., Dillon, E., Ryan, M. 2019. Potential development of Irish agricultural sustainability indicators for current and future policy evaluation needs. J. Env. Mgt. 230-434. sciencedirect.com/S0301479718310806

Daxini, A., Ryan, M., O'Donoghue, C., Barnes, A., Buckley, C. 2019. Using a typology to understand farmers’ intentions towards following a nutrient management plan. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. 146 280-290. sciencedirect.com

Upton, V., Ryan, M., Heanue, K., Ní Dhubháin, Á. 2019. The role of extension and forest characteristics in understanding the management decisions of new forest owners in Ireland. Forest Policy and Economics. 99, 77-82. reader.elsevier.com

O’Donoghue, C., Chyzheuskaya, A., Grealis, E., Finnegan, W., Goggin, J., Hynes, S., Kilcline, K, Ryan, M. 2019. Measuring GHG Emissions across the Agri-Food Sector Value Chain: the Development of BIO- a Bio-Economy Input-Output Model. International Journal on Food System Dynamics 10 (1) (55-85). http://dx.doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v10i1.04

Bragina, L., Micha, E., Roberts, W., O'Connell, K., O'Donoghue, C., Ryan, M., Daly, K. 2019. Spatial and temporal variability in costs and effectiveness in phosphorus loss mitigation at farm scale: A scenario analysis. Journal of Environmental Management 245 (330-337).  sciencedirect.com/S0301479719307005

Daxini, A., Ryan, M., O’Donoghue, C., Barnes, A.P. 2019. Understanding farmers’ intentions to follow a nutrient management plan using the theory of planned behaviour. Land Use Policy. 85, 428–437. sciencedirect.com/S0264837718318131