STUDENT research spotlight

At CCIR, we're incredibly proud of our students and the work they do.


It's an amazing privilege to be able to observe our students grow intellectually and personally over the course of their time at CCIR—to see how, through their studies, and their interactions with one another and with their mentors, their academic passions deepen; how gradually they then come to their own as original and creative thinkers in their field; and how all of this comes to fruition in sophisticated final research projects. 

In our Student Spotlight series, our goal is quite simply to document, and to celebrate, the diverse intellectual journeys that our students undertake during their time at CCIR.   

At CCIR, Zoe Smith-Holladay conducted her research on the history of the Black Panther Party. For this interview, she will share her thoughts on the Black Panther, race and racism, and BLM movement in the US.

the History of Black Panther Party

At CCIR, Isabella is exploring ethical and ontological issues at the foundations of the philosophy of artificial intelligence.


During her interview, Isabella talks about the unique intellectual perspective that philosophy has allowed her to achieve, and how she aims to use the tools and resources provided by her studies as a way to analyze and tackle real-world issues. 

Philosophy and AI

"Something beautiful that studying philosophy has given me is the ability to be really rational. That kind of questioning and awareness of my place in the world is something that thus far only philosophy has given me... Dr. McClelland has been absolutely fantastic in not only teaching me the most foundational philosophical skills and frameworks, but also in providing that practical obligation that is really for me what makes this so exciting."

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(London, United Kingdom)

Siming's research at CCIR looked at the ethical and social ramifications of blockchain in business

In this podcast, Siming retraces his intellectual journey at CCIR—and he recounts how he learned to connect the dots between his prior interests in financial technology, philosophy, and computer science, how that allowed him to stumble upon a hitherto unexplored issue in business ethics the philosophy of technology, and how that eventually enabled him to write a published philosophy paper . 


"Through my discussions with my mentor, I developed a deep understanding of my subject. The course led me to contemplate the ethics and responsibilities of business and gave me a new perspective on entrepreneurship."


(Oakville, Canada)

Computer vision is an exciting new field of Artificial Intelligence that has emerged in recent years whose central concern is how to train computers to recognise, understand, and interpret visual data.


At CCIR, Ayush looked into how computers might learn to recognise the subtle emotions that we express through our hands and our gestures—and what impact  such technology might have on society at large. In this interview, he shares his the experiences and insights he obtained in this process. 

Computer Vision and ai

"I would definitely say that every student should consider doing research of some kind—not just because the stuff you're working on is cool—but because it is always great to put something out there that you work on. If you're doing passion projects, you should make that passion project a reality through research."


(North Carolina, USA)

In her research at CCIR, Audrey decided to look into the broader background of Brexit. In her final paper, she traced the history of the United Kingdom's relationship with Europe and argued that the UK was in fact from the very beginning already a rather indecisive, if not completely reluctant, member of the European Union.

In this interview, she shares her insight, thoughts, and research experiences.

brexit and beyond

"The nice thing about [doing research at CCIR] is that you get the time you need to understand the sources, to go into depth and into what they mean—and so you actually learn something from them...This course was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad that I was able to take it. I enjoyed all of the classes as well as the research I got to do, and I think that it was brilliantly taught and facilitated. I learned a great deal and would highly recommend this course."


(Emerald Hills, USA)