Dr Páraic Ryan


Dr Paraic Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at University College Cork and a Conjunct Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Prior to joining UCC Paraic was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway for two years, where he was nominated by his students for the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Before this he held the position of Research Academic at the word-renowned Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPR), at the University of Newcastle Australia, where he worked in climate adaptation engineering for three years. Paraic also has a number of years industry experience, having worked in Civil Engineering Consultancy.

Paraic holds an undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering from NUIG, and a PhD, an MSc and a PGD form Trinity College Dublin. His main research interests are in risk and uncertainty modelling, material deterioration and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. His current research projects include the EPA sponsored PESTMAN project, where he is responsible for co-ordinating a quantitative environmental health risk assessment, and the ESIPP project where Dr Ryan co-supervises two PhD students working on modelling the water-energy nexus. Paraic is also the PI on the EPA sponsored CIViC project, which examines the vulnerability of Irish critical infrastructure to climate change. He is currently one of the 17 international members of IABSE Task Group 6.1: Effects of Climate Change on Infrastructure.

Research Interests

  • Risk and uncertainty modelling across a range of applications
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Long term material and structural performance
  • Environmental health risk modelling
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Probabilistic cost benefit analysis and life cycle cost
  • Modelling critical infrastructure vulnerability to extreme events and multiple hazards


Selected Publications 

  1. Ryan, P.C., Stewart, M.G., Spencer, N & Li, Y. (2014). Reliability Assessment of Power Pole Infrastructure Incorporating Deterioration and Network Maintenance. Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety 132:(December 2014).
  2. Ryan, P.C., & Stewart, M.G. (2017) Cost-benefit Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation for Power Pole Networks. Climatic Change V143:519–533 (August 2017)
  3. Ryan, P. C. & O’ Connor A. (2013). Probabilistic Analysis of the Time to Chloride Induced Corrosion for Different Self-Compacting Concretes. Construction and Building Materials, 47 (2013) 1106-1116.
  4. Ryan, P. C. & O’ Connor A. (2016). Comparing the Durability of Self-Compacting Concretes and Conventionally Vibrated Concretes in Chloride Rich Environments. Construction and Building Materials. Vol. 120
  5. Healy, M.G., Ryan, P.C., Fenton, O., Peyton, D.P., Wall, D.P., Morrison, L. (2016) Bioaccumulation of metals in ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) following the application of lime stabilised, thermally dried and anaerobically digested sewage sludge. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 2016;130:303–309. 

See Paraic’s Google Scholar Profile for full details of publications.

Professional Activity

Dr Paraic Ryan is an active member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), sitting on IABSE Task Group 6.1: Effects of Climate Change on Infrastructure, and acts as the UCC Student Liaison Officer for the Institute of Structural Engineering. He is an on the editorial board of the Journal of Bridge Engineering for Frontiers of the Built Environment, in addition to acting as a reviewer for a range of other international journals (Construction and Building Materials, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Climatic Change etc.). Paraic also works closely with industry partners such as the ESB, TII etc. on the majority of his research projects, ensuring the practical grounding of his research. In this context, Paraic was invited to give a talk on “Quantifying Climate Change Risks for Critical Infrastructure” to national critical infrastructure stakeholders and managers at the DCCAE Cross Sectoral Seminar on Critical Infrastructure and Water Resources last year.  

Teaching Activity

Dr Ryan delivers the following modules 

CE1003            Introduction to Civil and Structural Engineering

CE2001            Solid and Structural Mechanics I

CE3002            Solid and Structural Mechanics III 

Paraic also co-ordinates and the Engineering Transition Year Programme at UCC.



Páraic Ryan

Contact Details:


Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering


BE in Civil Engineering 2006 (NUIG) MSc in Civil Engineering 2007 (TCD) PGD in Statistics 2010 (TCD) PhD Engineering 2013 (TCD)

Research Area:

Risk and Uncertainty Modelling, Climate Adaption Engineering, Long Term Performance of Materials and Structures



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork