For eight years Sean worked in the Department of Children & Youth Affairs where he took lead responsibility for the relvaluation of programmes for children and young people. He joined the School of Law at UL in June 2016, and in October 2016, Sean was appointed as UL Adjunct Professor in Youth Justice.
Sean's previous career history includes working in the Irish Youth Justice Service in the Dapartment of Justice & Equality, Barnardos Ireland, FACE. the prison resettlement service.
Sean graudated from the University of Central England (Ba (Hons) Sociology, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work in 1988 and is a CORL registered social worker. He completed a doctorate in governance (Queen's University Belfast) in 2015, his thesis formed the basis of this project.
In addition to academic publications Sean has authored national reports designed to improve the effectiveness of youth justice programmes and targeted youth programmes.
Sean's interest areas include youth cirme and youth justice (with a particular emphasis on serious crime and criminal networks), "wicked" and complex policy problems, programme evaluation, research and evaluation methodologies, governance in public services, practical theory, and evidence-informed policy making.