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Dr. Yvonne Ryan Fogarty


Dr Ryan's research interests include environmental assessment methodologies such as industrial ecology, material flow analysis, ecological footprint, environmental impact assessments, backcasting and ecological economics. She has applied these methods on real world problems within industry, higher education campuses and healthcare facilities.

Her previous work on industrial ecology led to the development of material flow analysis of over 20 enterprises, particularly engineering, technology and agri-food companies, identifying their inputs, processes and waste products. She has worked extensively in the NGO and voluntary sector, particularly on sustainability in higher education and was Co-ordinator of the International Green-Campus Programme for Ireland. She developed environmental education tools as well as auditing and verification methods, beoming heavily involved with the implementation of environmental sustainability initiatives in Cork University Hospital. This sparked her research interest in seeking solutions to not only manage waste more effectively in healthcare, but means to ultimately prevent environmental impact. She subsequently co-authored an Irish Environmental Protection Agency Funded research project on healthcare policy and environmental sustainability.

Research Interests

Environmental Assessment Methods
-Industrial Ecology
Environmental Management
Environmental Policy
Green Healthcare
Education for Sustainable Development

Teaching Interests

ER4407: Environmental Management 1
ER4408: Environmental Management 2
ER4417: Environmental Impact Assessment
ER4405: Conservation Ecology

Professional Activities


  • Member, Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland


  • UL Environmental Committee,
  • UL Green-Campus Committee,
  • University of Limerick Hospitals Group: Waste Management Steering Committee,


  • An Taisce - Green-Campus Co-ordinator
  • Limerick Institute of Technology: Tipperary - Programme Specialist


  • Smarter Travel Workplaces Adjudicator


Book Chapter


A journey in sustainable development in an urban campus
Reidy, D., Kirrane, M., Curley, B., Brosnan, D., Koch, S., Bolger, P., Dunphy, N., McCarthy, M., Poland, M., Ryan-Fogarty, Y., O'Halloran
Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level DOI:

Conference Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal