Ciara McHugh

Junior Research Fellow

Ciara McHugh is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance.


Ciara McHugh’s research in international security studies took off in 2010 through an Andrew G. Mellon collaborative grant, while she was undertaking undergraduate studies at Marquette University in the US.

Since then, her work has expanded through a number of fellowships and research initiatives, focusing specifically on post-conflict civil society in a range of contexts including Rwanda, Cambodia and Northern Ireland.

After serving as an AmeriCorps member, she relocated to Northern Ireland in order to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast, where she currently explores gender sensitive police reform in SSR.