MSSc. Criminology (QUB)
PGC. Learning and Teaching (DIT)
Mairéad Seymour is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences. She holds degrees in social sciences (BSocSc. UCD), criminal justice management (MSc. QUB), and criminology (PhD QUB) and a postgraduate qualification in third level learning and teaching (PGC. DIT). She was appointed to the position of lecturer in the School in 2003 and to Senior Lecturer in 2008. Previously she worked at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and the Centre for Social for Social and Educational Research (DIT). She has acted as Principal Investigator on a number of funded projects and has undertaken research for the Department of Justice and Equality, the Probation Service, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Irish Research Council (formerly IRCHSS), the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Business in the Community. Her book ‘Youth Justice in Context: Community, Compliance and Young People’ (Routledge 2013)explores the notion of compliance in relation to offender supervision in comparative jurisdictions and from the perspectives of young people and the youth justice professionals who supervise them.
Mairéad currently supervises PhD theses on probation-led conferencing for young offenders, prisoner reintegration, and the perspectives and experiences of parents in the youth justice system. Her research interests encompass youth justice, probation, community supervision, offender compliance, prisoner reintegration, desistance, procedural justice and comparative criminal justice. She welcomes queries from prospective candidates interested in pursuing MPhil or PhD research in these areas.
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Youth crime, youth justice, probation, community supervision, offender compliance, prisoner reintegration, desistance, procedural justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and comparative criminal justice.
Sinead Freeman (PhD.) Surviving on Remand: a Study of how Young People Cope in Remand Custody in Ireland(PhD Viva completed April 2009)
Mary Kilkenny (MPhil.) The Transition to Adulthood and Independence: A Study of Young People Leaving Residential Care (MPhil Viva completed October 2012)
Sylvia Brand (PhD.) Prisoner Reintegration in the Community (ongoing)
Maria Lahiff (PhD.) The Role, Requirements and Context of Parental Responsibility in the Youth Justice System (ongoing)
Norma Kennedy (PhD.) Reducing crime and repairing harm: The role of the family conference in responding to youth crime (ongoing)
Seymour, M. (with U. Convery) (2015) ‘Children, Crime and Justice’, in Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. and Butler, M. (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge.http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138019430/
Seymour, M. (with Tolan, G.) (2014) ‘Increasing the Potential for Diversion in the Irish Criminal Justice System: The Role of the Garda Síochána Adult Cautioning Scheme’, Irish Journal for Applied Social Studies, 14(1): 60-71. http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol14/iss1/7/
Seymour, M. (with C. Kelleher and A. Halpenny) (2014). Promoting the Participation of Seldom Heard Young People: A Review of the Literature on Best Practice Principles. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs. http://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/publications/Participation_of_Seldom_Heard_Young_People.pdf
Seymour M. (2013) Youth Justice in Context: Community, Compliance and Young People. Abingdon: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415628426/
Seymour, M. (2013) ‘Homelessness’ in K. Lalor& P. Share (eds.), Applied Social Care:An Introduction for students in Ireland (3rd edition). Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
Seymour M. (2012) ‘The Youth Justice System’ in Hamilton, C., Social Work and Social Care Law. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
Seymour M. (with S. Freeman) (2010). ‘“Just waiting”: The nature and effect of uncertainty on young people in remand custody in Ireland’. Youth Justice 10 (2): 126-142.
Seymour M. (2009) (with P. Mayock) ‘Ireland’ in P. Hadfield, ed., Nightlife and Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Seymour M. (2009) (with J. Breen, U. Manning, I. O’Donnell and D. O’Mahony) ‘The Republic of Ireland’ in J. Junger-Tas, I.H. Marshall, D. Enzmann, M. Killias, M. Steketee and B. Gruszczynska, eds., Juvenile Delinquency in Europe and Beyond: An International Perspective on Key Issues and Causes. New York: Springer.
Seymour, M. (with M. Butler) (2008) Children on Remand in Ireland. Dublin: Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Seymour, M. (2007) ‘Homelessness,’ in Y. Jewkes and J. Bennett, eds., The Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
Seymour, M. (2006) (with C. Hamilton). ‘ASBOs: Institutionalised Intolerance of Youth?’ Youth Studies Ireland, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 61-76. http://youthworkireland.ie/images/uploads/general/YouthStudiesIreland_Vol_1_No._1.pdf
Seymour, M. (2006) ‘The Recurring Cycle: Pathways of Homelessness, Crime and Imprisonment’, The Prison Service Journal, No. 166, pp. 17-21.
Seymour, M. (2006) ‘Transition and Reform: Juvenile Justice in the Republic of Ireland’ in J. Junger-Tas and S. Decker, eds., International Handbook of Juvenile Justice pp.117-144. Dordrecht: Springer Publishing.
Seymour, M. (2006) ‘Report on Alternatives to Custody’ (32 pp.). Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust and Community Foundation Ireland.http://www.iprt.ie/files/alts_to_custody_report.pdf
Seymour, M. and Costello, L. (2005) ‘A Study of the Number, Profile and Progression Routes of Homeless Persons before the Court and in Custody in Dublin’ (156 pp.). Dublin: Probation Service (Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform). http://www.probation.ie/pws/websitepublishingdec09.nsf/attachmentsbytitle/CSERHomeless+Report/$file/CSERHomeless+Report.pdf
Seymour, M. (2004) ‘Homeless Offenders in the Community: The Issues and Challenges for Probation Supervision’, Irish Probation Journal, Vol.1, No. 1, pp.3-13.
Seymour, M. (2006) ‘Alternatives to Custody in Ireland’, Rehabilitation in Irish Prisons - Are We For Real? Working Notes, No. 53 pp. 10-16. Dublin: Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice. http://www.workingnotes.ie/component/zoo/item/alternatives-to-custody-in-ireland?category_id=64
Seymour, M. (2007) The Whitaker Committee Report 20 Years On – Lessons Learned or Lessons Forgotten? Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust. http://www.iprt.ie/files/whitakerreport2007.pdf
Seymour, M. (2007) ‘Homelessness and Offending: Marginalisation, Segregation and the Challenges to Social Inclusion’ in Proceedings from the 10th Annual Conference of the Association for Criminal Justice - Community, Custody and Aftercare: The Journey Towards Social Inclusion (pp.19-24). http://www.acjrd.ie/files/2007_Conference_Report_-_Community,_Custody_and_Aftercare.pdf
Lalor, K., Ryan, F., Seymour, M. & Hamilton, C. (2007). Young People and Crime: Research, Policy and Practice. Conference Proceedings. Centre for Social and Educational Research: DIT.
Funded Research Awards
School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences Research Awards (DIT) (2015-16), (2016-17).
Irish Research Council New Foundations Award: Offender Compliance on Community Supervision (2014-15)
Fiosraigh PhD programme, Dublin Institute of Technology (Norma Kennedy) (2014).
IRCHSS Research Development Initiative Scheme: Promoting the Participation of Seldom Heard Young People A Review of the Literature on Best Practice Principles (2010).
Supporting Academic Research Achievement (SARA), Directorate of Research and Enterprise, DIT Fund: Youth Justice in Context: Community, Compliance and Young People (2010).
DIT Research Support Fund: 4th Irish North-South Criminology Conference (2008).
Technological Sector Research: Strand I Post-Graduate R&D Skills PhD Programme (Maria Lahiff) (2007).
Office of the Minister for Children: Young People on Remand (2006).
Faculty of Applied Arts DIT (Special Research Fund): Implementing the Children Act (2001) in the Republic of Ireland (2005).
Technological Sector Research: Strand I Post-Graduate R&D Skills PhD Programme (Sylvia O’Reagan-Brand) (2005).
Irish Penal Reform Trust and Community Foundation Ireland: Alternatives to Custody (2005).
Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform: International Self-Report Delinquency Study II (ISRD II) (with Prof. Ian O’Donnell UCD &Mr. David O’Mahony QUB) (2005).
The Probation Service: The Number, Profile and Progression Routes of Homeless Individuals before the Courts and in Custody (2003).
Chairperson of the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences (LLS) Research Committee (2014 – present)
DIT Research Ethics Committee (2008-2012) (2014 – present)
School of LLS Staff Representative Academic Council (2012 – 2015)
School of LLS Staff Representative College of Arts and Tourism Board (2012 – 2015)
Board Member Centre for Social and Educational Research DIT (2008-2012)
College of Arts and Tourism Postgraduate Research Committee (2008-2012)
Member of the Programme Board MA Criminology