Ciara McCorley began a structured Ph.D. programme in comparative African politics in the autumn of 2008 which was fully funded by the Irish Social Sciences Platform. She received her BA with honours in 2004 from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh in Communication Studies, and earned her MA in 2008 from the University of Limerick in Peace and Development Studies.
In the interim period between these degrees, Ciara lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout Asia.
Ciara has been a visiting researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, at the Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, and at the Centre for Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University, all in Denmark. She has worked as a research analyst at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, Switzerland supporting a project on ‘The Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development’.
She now lives in Toronto, Canada.
When she's not working on her PhD, Ciara loves roller derby, music, running, reading and cooking.
• Ibreck, R., McCorley, C. and Lodge, T. (2013) (eds.) Special Issue: Social Movements and Political Change, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31 (2) April/May.
• McCorley, C. (2013) ‘Structure, agency and regime change: a comparative analysis of social actors and regime change in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31 (2).
• McCorley, C. (2013) 'Trade Unions and Political Change in Africa: Combining Functional and Genetic Approaches to Democratization' in Friedrich, W., Schwarz, C.H.,Voigt, S. (eds.), Trade Unions in the Democratic Process, Düsseldorf: Edition der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.
• Hujo, K., McCorley, C. and Al-Adhami, R. (2012) ‘Mineral Rents and the Financing of Social Policy: Options and Constraints’, Research and Policy Brief No 16, UNRISD: Geneva.
• McCorley, C. 'A Paradox of Victory: COSATU and the Democratic Transformation in South Africa', reviewed in African Studies Quarterly. (January 2014).