Dr. Joe Harrington
Position Title:

Head of School of Building & Civil Engineering


Munster Technological University

Research Group:



BE, MS, PhD, CEng FIEI, EurIng

Employment History

(2004 – Present)
Head of School of Building & Civil Engineering, Munster Technological University (formerly CIT)
(1992 – 2004)
Lecturer in Civil Engineering, CIT


Dr. Joe Harrington is Head of School of Building & Civil Engineering at the Munster Technological University (MTU) and is responsible for the School’s teaching & learning, research and engagement activity. He was educated at University College Cork and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

Dr. Harrington has 30 years of teaching and research experience and leads the Sustainable Infrastructure Research & Innovation Group at the MTU. He has published widely with over 100 publications. His research interests include sediment behaviour, modelling and management in the river, estuarine and coastal environments. Dr Harrington has led and coordinated on behalf of the MTU a wide range of national and internationally funded research projects including the large scale multi-partner EU-Interreg funded CEAMaS, PHOS4You and SURICATES projects.

He has served as External Examiner for Undergraduate Programmes across the Higher Education Sector in Ireland. He has also served as external examiner on Research Master and PhD Theses both in Ireland and internationally. He has served on a wide range of Engineers Ireland Professional Accreditation Panels and QQI Programme Validation Panels, in addition to serving on a wide a range of committees and working groups in the MTU.

Dr. Harrington is currently a member of the EPA Dumping at Sea National Advisory Committee and a member of the Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland and recently served as a member of Council of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.

Research Areas

Sediments; Sediment Behaviour & Management; Sediment Loading; Rivers; Water; Wastewater; P-recovery; Sustainability; Dredging; Beneficial Use; Circular Economy; Economic Modelling; Ecosystem Services; Infrastructure; Climate Change.

An overview on deficit and requirements of the Irish national soil phosphorus balance
Published : May 2022
Phos4You Partnership, Final Report of the Phos4You partnership
Published : May 2022
What are the desired properties of recycling-derived fertilisers from an end-user perspective?
Published : July 2022