Ciaran Hughes is a Research Associate in the School of Criminology, Politics & Social Policy, and his current research explores the independence of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
He worked as a researcher in the voluntary and community sector for a number of years after completing a degree in Sociology and Social policy and a Masters in Research Methods.
His current work builds on his PhD, ‘Networks, Social Capital and the Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland’, which he completed in 2015. The PhD thesis explored the changing relationship between the voluntary and community sector and government in Northern Ireland.
His other research interests are the role of the sector in peace building initiatives, the impact of the Brexit vote, community development and quantitative research methods.
During his PhD he also conducted research looking at support networks for ex-prisoners and was a research assistant on the Peace Monitoring Report.