6 degrees of Cian O'Donovan
6 Degrees of Cian

Cian O’Donovan

Cian is an activist, technologist and academic. He researches and teaches at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, in Brighton, England. His research interests include the sociology of large scale technological change, energy policy and the role of institutions in innovation and social change. He teaches on courses on climate change policy and economics as well as innovation for sustainability. He has degrees in information and communication technology from Trinity College, Dublin and sustainability and management from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Cian was a campaigner and technology director for 38 Degrees, the UK’s largest people powered campaigning movement. There he successfully campaigned to halt the privatisation of swathes of England’s woodlands, took on the big energy companies and their big profiteering, and was constantly awed by hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members who acting together affected real change throughout the UK.

Cian worked on national and international climate change campaigning with 10:10, the UK based positively framed carbon reduction organisation. He has led large scale global days of action, managed online and social media operations and experienced the failings of science policy and global governance at the Copenhagen Climate Conference, a formative experience. He has significant experience with private sector start-ups, building and managing teams and new media platforms across Europe, Australia and North America for Setanta Media, the online arm of the Irish broadcaster.


Cian has lived in Brighton and London for the past decade and wants to ensure that for current and future generations, that move remains a choice, not an economic necessity. He tweets at twitter.com/cian.

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