Dr Ciara Bracken-Roche


New House


Dr. Ciara Bracken-Roche is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Law at Maynooth University, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa for 2020. She completed her PhD (Queen's University) under Dr. David Lyon, MA (Warwick), and BSc (Toronto).

Dr. Bracken-Roche sits on the Inter/national FOI Research Council of the Centre for Access to Information and Justice at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a member of the advisory board for a new publication called The Study Up, "a peer-reviewed publication featuring critical, investigative research using freedom of information (FOI) and access to information (ATI) disclosures as data." She is also a long standing member of the Surveillance Studies Network, the International Studies Association, and WIIS-Canada.

Ciara's current project explores the adoption and use of drone technologies in Canada and Ireland with a specific focus on their application by policing and public safety agencies. The project will create new knowledge about the relationship between police use of these technologies/techniques of governance and existing legal, social and technological norms. 



Research Interests

Dr. Bracken-Roche's most recent project, “Drones and big data: Governance techniques and their implications for policing in contemporary Canadian society,” was funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council as Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Valerie Steeves. Her current research program investigates the contribution of unmanned aerial systems to the rapid expansion of security, policing, and commercial surveillance in Canada and Ireland. And throughout her academic career, her ongoing research interest has been about the relationship between governance and technology, and the social implications of technocratic governmentality.

She is interested in critical criminology, critical security, and surveillance studies as disciplines, and happy to work in this interdisciplinary spaces both theoretically and methodologically. Another stream of research in which Dr. Bracken-Roche contributes is methods and methodology in surveillance studies and critical criminology/ security/ sociology.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Bracken-Roche will be teaching the following modules for the 2019-2020 School Year: 
LW 164 Introduction to Criminological Theory (UG)
LW 689 An Introduction to the Surveillance Society (MA)

Dr. Bracken-Roche is happy to take on students in the following areas: security, surveillance, technology-mediated policing practices, data and technocratic governance, privacy, civil liberties, critical media, and risk and governmentality studies.