Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:24:00 GMT

The School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences at Technological University Dublin, is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant part-time (2 days per week).  The successful candidate will assist on a specific research project and will work under the supervision the principal investigator, Dr Matt Bowden, Senior Lecturer. The project aims to explore the role of local and national politics in the issues of crime management, safety and security and particularly the role of politicians as brokers for local community concerns.  The post is funded by an internal TU seed fund to add to existing research activity under the principal investigator’s research programme. 

Duties of the post include:

  • Contribute to the research design and field studies in relation to the project.
  • Carry out field work in consultation with the Principal Investigator.
  • Record, analyse and write up the results of the field studies.
  • Prepare and present findings of research activity to colleagues for review purposes.
  • Help prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
  • Contribute to the preparation and drafting of research bids and proposals.
  • Contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
  • Work under supervision on an assigned research task.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that equipment is safe and maintained in working order.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager.
  • Actively comply with all TU Dublin policies and regulations, including those in relation to Research Ethics and Health and Safety.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:


  • An Honours Degree from an approved degree awarding institution or equivalent in sociology, criminology, social policy or cognate discipline (essential)
  • Evidence of familiarity with the subject matter and willingness to be/remain contemporaneous with the subject matter (essential)
  • Working knowledge of research techniques. (essential)
  • A Masters degree in criminology, sociology, social policy or cognate discipline
  • Evidence of an interest in areas of public safety, security, policing and / or crime prevention and criminal justice issues.
  • Demonstrate a level of experience with qualitative research especially.
  • A doctoral degree near in completion or willingness to register for a PhD.


•    Evidence of ability to analyse and write up data. (essential)

  • Demonstrated ability to collate research activity .
  • Evidence of experience of working in a research environment and or part of a research project / team. 

Skills, talents & abilities

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills (essential)
  • Commitment to high quality research (essential)
  • Project administration skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team

Salary will be at the first point on the Research Assistant scale €21,674 pro rata

To apply please send a CV to Dr Matt Bowden matt.bowden@dit.ie before 5pm on Monday 25th February 2019


Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:27:00 GMT

Angela Feeney, National Research Officer with Tusla will host a seminar on the topic ‘Developing a research function and culture within Tusla The Child and Family Agency' on Tuesday February 5th 2019 from 1 to 2pm in RD005, Rathdown House, TU Dublin City Campus, Grangegorman, Dublin D07 H6K8. All welcome, light lunch will be provided. Admission is free but prior registration is required. To register, click on the link below:


For queries contact Dr. Mairead Seymour mairead.seymour@dit.ie


Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:37:00 GMT

Dr Deirdre McGowan, Assistant Head of School as begun a one year term as president of the Irish Association of Law Teachers. Dr Brian Barry, Lecturer in Law is secretary to the association.


Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:34:00 GMT

Shireen Shortt will facilitate a seminar on ‘Speaking Back to Stigma: Participatory Media Practice with Young People in Dublin’s North-Inner City’ on Tuesday November 27th from 1 to 2pm in RD006, Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman campus.  The seminar is part of the monthly DIT Social Sciences Research Seminar Series. Light lunch will be provided. To register, click on the link below:


Shireen Shortt is a participatory media practitioner based in Dublin. Having studied film and broadcasting, then pursuing a career in that industry, she gravitated instead towards developing a more democratic media practice, prioritising self-representation. She began this work through practice-based doctoral study in the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice in the DIT, locating her work in two youth services in Dublin's north-inner city. She has continued to work in this capacity, developing her practice in the youth work sector. 

For further information, contact mairead.seymour@dit.ie


Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:08:00 IST

Angela Feeney, National Research Officer with Tusla will facilitate a seminar on the topic ‘Developing a research function and culture within Tusla The Child and Family Agency’ on Tuesday October 16th from 1 to 2pm in RD006, Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman campus. The seminar is part of the monthly DIT Social Sciences Research Seminar Series. Light lunch will be provided. To register, click on the link below:


For further information, contact mairead.seymour@dit.ie


Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:00:00 IST

Dr Deirdre McGowan, Head of Law, appeared in the RTE Documentaries No Country for Women broadcast on 19th and 20th June 2018. These documentaries traced the history of women's rights since independence and featured individual women's stories interspersed with expert analysis. The documentaries can be viewed on the RTE Player https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/no-country-for-women-30005310/


Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:10:00 IST

DIT Grangegorman was a fitting venue for the 2018 Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) its annual conference entitled ‘Legacies Matter’ on 18 th and 19 th May. The conference was organised locally by outgoing SAI Vice-President, Dr Matt Bowden. Papers were presented by colleagues including Dr Paddy Dolan, Dr Carmel Gallagher and Anne Fitzpatrick. One
hundred delegates attended over the two days. A keynote address was given by Associate Professor at TCD, Dr Damien Brennan on the Legacy of Institutional Confinement. Dr Brennan is subject leader for sociology at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin and a former practicing mental health nurse who trained at St. Brendan’s Hospital, Grangegorman.

Pictured (left to right): Dr Damien Brennan, Trinity College Dublin; Dr Matt Bowden, Dublin Institute of Technology; Dr Lucy Michael, Ulster University and President of  the Sociological Association of Ireland.


Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:10:00 IST

Annie Buckley, Founder and Director of Community-based Art / Prison Arts Collective and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at California State University will present a lunchtime seminar titled ‘Prison Arts Collective: Bridging the University, Community, and Institution’ from 1 to 2pm on Thursday 12 April in RD004, Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman campus. Light lunch will be provided.  All welcome.

Admission is free but prior registration is required:


The event is hosted by the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and the Dublin School of Creative Arts DIT with the support of the Irish Prison Education Association.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:56:00 GMT

Carmel Gallagher and Anne Fitzpatrick presented a paper entitled ‘Developing intergenerational learning partnerships involving older people and children’ - The Together Old and Young (TOY) Project at the 2nd Age - Friendly Universities (AFU) conference ‘Engaging Ageing 2018. New Frontiers of Ageing: Research, Policy and Practice’ on March 13/14th, 2018.


Another member from the TOY consortium, Vicki Titterington from Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) presented a paper entitled ‘Age together not apart - Connecting care homes and schools in building an age –friendly, age-connected Northern Ireland’ at the same conference.


The conference was hosted by Dublin City University Age-Friendly University Global Network and was attended by participants from Europe, USA, South America, Canada. The Irish members of the AFU include DCU, Trinity College, NUI Galway, Athlone Institute of Technology and the National College of Ireland.

The keynote address was given by Professor Alexandre Kalache, a former Director of the World Health Organisation’s global Ageing and Life Course Programme who was involved in the development of the Age-Friendly Cities initiatives.


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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:16:00 GMT

Dr. Amy Healy (Postdoctoral Research, European Social Survey Round 8), Mary Immaculate College at the University of Limerick will present on ‘Using the European Social Survey for Teaching and Research’ on Tuesday 20th March 2018 from 1 to 2pm in RD005 Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman. See link for further details: https://europeansocialsurvey.eventbrite.ie



Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:50:00 GMT

Speakers were from various backgrounds and they included Finbarr Bradley, risk management professor in UCD, Tony Donohoe from IBEC, Dr Lorna Carson, professor in Applied Linguistics in TCD and Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland. They all emphasised the crucial need for languages to become an integral part of our education, society and economy.

A special thanks to Susanna Nocchi, our colleague who is also Secretary for the One Voice for Languages group and co-organiser of a very successful and well attended launch.

One Voice for Languages is also on Facebook


Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:57:00 GMT

The next seminar in the Social Sciences Roundtable Series takes place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 in RD005 Rathdown House, Grangegorman Campus. Dr. Muireann O'Keefe from the LTTC will present her research on developing your scholarly identity on social media. 

Social media, such as Twitter, are increasingly part of work practices in higher education providing opportunities for promoting academic work and research while offering prospects for networking and learning. However, alongside opportunities, social media presents challenges about how to engage and represent oneself as a scholar and academic online.This seminar will present recent research into using social media for scholarly purposes and highlights the nuances and challenges that exist as we begin to engage in social media spaces. The seminar will initiate a discussion on how best to develop a scholarly identity on social media to effectively share and promote research.

All welcome. Tea/coffee sandwiches will be provided. Please forward to others in your network who may be interested. Registration in advance at: https://academictwitterandscholarlyidentity.eventbrite.ie

Enquiries to: socialsciences@dit.ie