Ciara is Research Support Officer for various FP7 and H2020 projects involving or coordinated by the Department of Information Governance and Policy, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Science, University of Malta. These include for example CITYCoP, CARISMAND, MAPPING and EVIDENCE. Ciara previously worked as a researcher for consultancies, charities and universities for around eight years and continues to undertake applied research for other organisations, such as the National Commission for Further and Higher Education, Malta.
Her experience spans a range of subject areas and approaches. Most recently, she worked as a researcher for SERIO, a commercially focused research consultancy, based at Plymouth University, UK. Commissions she worked on came from clients such as the UK National Screening Committee, UK Fairness Commission, Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and Plymouth Culture Board. She also contributed research resources to the Unlocking Potential business support programme in Cornwall.
Ciara started her research career working for Liverpool John Moores University, following her BA in Human Geography at the same institution in 2003. There she worked on a HEFCE project researching young asylum seekers in Liverpool and an Impacts08 study of young people’s perceptions of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, whilst also gaining her MA in Research Methodology and Social Policy at University of Liverpool in 2006. Her voluntary sector research experience spans four charities including Barnardo’s, RNLI, Refugee Action and CAADA.