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Seamus Taylor

Applied Social Studies
Maynooth University


Seamus Taylor is a Lecturer in Social Policy .He joined the Department of Applied Social Studies in 2009.Seamus studied Social Science (Social Policy and Sociology ) in University College Dublin where he graduated from the BSocSc programme with a double 1st class honours degree . He has an MA in Social Policy from the University of London ( Goldsmiths College ) where he graduated with distinction .He is currently undertaking doctoral research on hate crime policy making and practices .He has worked in the social research division of the ESRI , Dublin (1983-84), Social Worker at the London Irish Centre (1984-87 ) , Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Policy ,Equality and Diversity at Haringey Council (1987 -1999 ), Director of Strategy at the Commission for Racial Equality (Britain) (2000-2004) and Director of Equality and Diversity at the Crown Prosecution Service (England and Wales ) (2004-2009) . Seamus joined the Department of Applied Social Studies in 2009 ,where he contributes to and teaches on the BSocSc ,BACYW, MSocSc ,MACYW and DSocSc programmes .He coordinates the Masters in Social Science (Rights and Social Policy ) and is a year coordinator on the BSocSc programme.He lectures on undergraduate modules in Introduction to Social Policy, Social Policy and the Life Stages ,Equality Studies and Criminal Justice Studies and Masters level courses in Equality and Inclusion and Criminal Justice Studies.His research interests include ; the analysis of hate crime policy and practice with a current focus on Disablist Hate Crime , issues of equality and diversity in the criminal justice system , analysis of legal and policy approaches to addressing equality in the public sector, analysis of the social policy making process and exploring the linkages between redistribution and recognition based inequalities.His publications are in the areas of equality and diversity policy making and practice , critical analysis of hate crime policy and practice , racist crime and race equality policy and practice in the criminal justice system. His book with Dr Amanda Haynes and Jennifer Schweppe (UL) ,Haynes, Schweppe and Taylor , Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime : An Irish Perspective , London : Palgrave Macmillan is due for publication in 2016.Seamus has involvements with a range of organisations in the NGO and statutory sectors in Ireland and Britain over many years.These include serving as a trustee of the Runnymede Trust (Britain ) think tank on race equality and cultural diversity, serving as a commissioner on the independent Commission on the future of Multi Ethnic Britain which reported in 2000 , chairing the Irish community census campaign in Britain in the lead up to the 2001 census which included an Irish ethnic group question for the first time . He is currently independent chair of the London Hate Crime Scrutiny and Involvement Panel (CJS) and chair of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. He has served as honorary president of Maynooth University mature students society, as a member of the recent Curriculum Commission which reviewed the undergraduate curriculum and is currently a member of Maynooth University Governing Authority.

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