Cian is a DPhil candidate in Criminology at Wadham College. His doctoral research is exploring contemporary police communications and police-media relations in the UK, in light of the Leveson and Filkin Reports, and the development of new media technologies. It employs ethnographic methodologies, over two years of fieldwork in local newsrooms and police organisations in England and Wales. This project is supervised by Professor Ian Loader, and supported by an ESRC +3 studentship, and a Mitchell-RCUK scholarship.
Prior to undertaking the DPhil, Cian completed the BCL at Wadham College, and the LLB at Trinity College Dublin. In the past few years, he has also worked on various research projects in the areas of restorative justice, sexual violence, child protection, and policing policy and practice.
Cian has been the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and awards, including the Hackney BCL Scholarship at Wadham College, the Henry Hamilton Hunter Prize for graduating top of his LLB class, and was also elected to the prestigious Foundation Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin.
Before beginning his academic life, Cian trained and worked as a stone mason, specialising in architectural stone cutting, carving and restoration.
Aside from his current doctoral research focus on police-media relations, Cian's academic interests include the philosophy of Criminal law, Tort law, and punishment; legitimation strategies and practices by elite decision-makers in the criminal justice system; police governance and accountability; emerging complexities in contemporary "crime problems" and criminal justice interventions; inter-agency working within the criminal justice system; and the role of policing in child protection.
Cian is also interested in the organisational impact of new media technologies and the broader structural changes within the news media industry on crime and justice journalism.