My research interests include environmental assessment methodologies; material flow analysis, ecological footprint, environmental impact assessments, backcasting and ecological economics.


Principal Investigator, Environmental Protection Agency funded research: FUSE4i: F-gas Use and Environment, An Improved Indicative Inventory for Ireland.

Principal Investigator: Understanding Mercury in Ireland and Working Towards Net Zero: Developing a Metabolic Inventory of Mercury-Added Products and Mercury Containing Wastes in the Built Environment (BE-MAP) - Funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Environmental lead: ISCYCLE Inclusive Sustainable Cycling (ISCycle): Inclusive E-bike Uptake and Sustainable Use, funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Environmental Lead: Mainstreaming Circularity Mainstreaming Circular Economies Through Collaboration and Co-Creation (MainCirc), Funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency.

Recent papers:
Ryan‐Fogarty, Y., Coughlan, D., Fitzpatrick, C. 2021 Quantifying WEEE arising in scrap metal collections: Method development and application in Ireland, Journal of Industrial Ecology doi: 10.1111/jiec.13101
McMahon, K., Ryan-Fogarty, Y., Fitzpatrick, C. 2021, Estimating job creation potential of compliant WEEE pre-treatment in Ireland, Resources, Conservation and Recycling doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105230
Leissner, S., Ryan-Fogarty, Y., 2019. Challenges and opportunities for reduction of single use plastics in healthcare: A case study of single use infant formula bottles in two Irish maternity hospitals. Resources, Conservation and Recycling doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104462
Ryan-Fogarty, Y., Becker, G., Moles, R., O’Regan, B., 2017. Backcasting to identify food waste prevention and mitigation opportunities for infant feeding in maternity services. Waste Management doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2016.12.029
Ryan-Fogarty, Y., O’Regan, B., Moles, R., 2016. Greening healthcare: systematic implementation of environmental programmes in a university teaching hospital. Journal of Cleaner Production doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.03.079

Research Interests

Material Flow Analysis, Hazardous Materials, E-Waste, Mercury, F-Gases