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Lorna Ryan joined the European Social Survey (ESS) in May 2008 as a Research Manager for the ESS Infrastructure Preparatory Phase. Previously she was a Senior Researcher at National University of Ireland Galway (2004-2006) and a Development Centre Research Manager (social science) at Dublin Institute of Technology (2000-2003).

She has been involved in EU social and research programmes (ESF & Framework Programmes) since 1994 in research, management and gender expert capacities.

She gained her PhD (Socilology) from the University of Kent and LLM (International Intellectual Property Law) from Brunel University. She is a registered Certified Practitioner - Data Protection (PC-DP). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She is the Acting Chair of Senate Research Ethics Committee (SREC) for the academic year 2019-2020.


Dr Ryan's research publications have been in the areas of research methodology and substantive areas of research include: social aspects of HIV/AIDS; gender and labour market participation; social research ethics and most recently, gender and science careers.

She has lectured on social research methods; research ethics; evaluation methods and social policy. She has contributed to the Department's undergraduate course: News & Society (2008/2009; 2009/2010), News & Documentary (2010) and New Media Challenges (2011/2012). Current research interests include EU research policy; mainstreaming gender equality and science communication.

Dr Ryan is a member of the university's Senate Research Ethics Committee (2009 -present) and its Gender Equality Working Group (2015) Between 2008 and 2014 she was a co-opted Council member of UACES - (University Association for Contemporary European Studies)


Books (2)

  1. Ryan, L. (2006). Gendering the school plan. ISBN 978-1-905785-15-5.
  2. Ryan, L. (1997). Reading "the prostitute". Ashgate Publishing.

Chapters (4)

  1. Ryan, L. (2019). Talking about governance: European Space Policy. A European Space Policy Past Consolidation, Present Challenges and Future Perspectives Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-57040-5.
  2. Ryan, L. (2016). 'Putting space more at the service of Europe and its citizens': The governance of European Space Policy and the scientific citizen. Theorizing European Space Policy (pp. 37–58). Maryland: Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-2130-7.
  3. Fitzgerald, R., Harrison, E. and Ryan, L. (2013). The ESS: a social science research infrastructure for Europe and beyond. In Kleiner, B., Renschler, I., Wernli, B., Farago, P. and Joye, D. (Eds.), Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences Seismo Verlag. ISBN 978-3-03777-133-4.
  4. Ryan, L. Researching minority ethnic communities: A note on ethics. In Egan, O. (Ed.), Minority Ethnic Groups in Higher Education ISBN 1-85918-159-7.


  1. Fitzgerald, R., Butt, S., Harrison, E., Ryan, L., Douhou, S., Salini, L. … Lynn, P. (2018). ESS Round 9: European Social Survey Round 9 Data.

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Journal articles (7)

  1. Ryan, L. (2019). Balancing Rights in the European Research Area: The Case of ERICs. European Intellectual Property Review, 2019.
  2. Ryan, L. (2017). Social media and popularising space: Philae Lander (@Philae2014) and the journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Space Policy, 41, pp. 20–26. doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2017.04.007.
  3. Ryan, L. (2015). Governance of EU research policy: Charting forms of scientific democracy in the European research area. Science and Public Policy, 42(3), pp. 300–314. doi:10.1093/scipol/scu047.
  4. Ryan, L., Cooper, P. and Drey, N. (2013). University Research Ethic Committees as learning communities: Identifying and utilising collabroatively produced knowledge in decision-making. Research Ethics Review, 9(4), pp. 166–174.
  5. Ryan, L. (2012). "You must be very intelligent...?": Gender and Science Subject Uptake. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 4(2), pp. 167–190.
  6. Ross, M.W. and Ryan, L. (1995). The Little Deaths. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 7(1-2), pp. 1–20. doi:10.1300/j056v07n01_01.
  7. Ryan, L. (1995). 'Going public' and 'watching sick people'-the clinic setting as a factor in the experiences of gay men participating in AIDS clinical trials. AIDS Care, 7(2), pp. 147–158. doi:10.1080/09540129550126678.


  1. Ryan, L., Warren, A. and Caldwell, L. (2003). Garda youth diversion project guidelines. Government of Ireland.