Mark Ryan (PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary project (SHERPA), involving 11 partners from 6 European countries. This project is a European Union Horizon 2020 project (2018-2021, budget €3 million) and will focus on the ethical, social and human rights implications of smart information systems (data analytics and artificial intelligence) within a European context.
He has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the MARIO Project (Horizon 2020, budget €4 million, 2015-2018). This project assessed the difficulties of loneliness and isolation among people with dementia and the possibility of using service robots to ameliorate some of these issues.
He has published on the topics of the ethical implementation of service robots, but his primary research focus has been to the field of environmental ethics, culminating in his 2016 monograph: Human Values, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability.
Ryan, M. (2016) Human Value, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, London: Rowman & Littlefield International. Available here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783487974/Human-Value-Environmental-Ethics-and-Sustainability-The-Precautionary-Ecosystem-Health-Principle
Ryan, M. (2015) ‘Categorisation of literature for using robots within elderly care settings’, MARIO 2020 website, http://www.mario-project.eu
Beyan, T., Felzmann, H., Ryan, M., Beyan, O. (2015) MARIO D.1.2 Ethics Framework, here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283710486_MARIO_Project_D12_Ethics_Framework_v4
Felzmann, H., Beyan, T., Ryan, M., and Beyan, O. (2015) ‘Implementing an ethical approach to big data analytics in assistive robotics for elderly with dementia’, ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, 45 (3): https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2874279
Felzmann, H., Beyan, T., Ryan, M., and Beyan, O. (2015) ‘Implementing an ethical approach to big data analytics in assistive robotics for elderly with dementia’, Ethicomp 2015: https://iris.nuigalway.ie/live/!W_VA_PUBLICATION.POPUP?LAYOUT=N&OBJECT_ID=11098793
Ryan, M. (2014) ‘Book review of “The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability”’, in Plurilogue Philosophy Journal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/drfecu1ct77ne7i/The%20Politics%20of%20Actually%20Existing%20Unsustainability.pdf?dl=0
Ryan, M. (2013) ‘The precautionary principle, libertarianism and paternalism’, in Karen Druffel (ed.) Looking Within: Finding an Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Lens, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press: http://www.academia.edu/23587381/The_Precautionary_Principle_Libertarianism_and_Paternalism
Ryan, M. (2013) ‘Book Review of “Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines’, The European Legacy, 18 (5): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10848770.2013.804733