Prof Maurice Devlin

Applied Social Studies, ALL Institute

Gaeilge agus fáilte

Jean Monnet Chair

Auxilia, North Campus, Maynooth University
(01) 708 3781


Maurice Devlin is Professor of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University, where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Youth Studies. Originally from County Derry, he is a graduate of the University of Hull (BA in Drama and English), University College Dublin (MA in English, MSocSc in Sociology),  Maynooth University (PhD in Sociology) and Trinity College Dublin (MSc in IT in Education). He was founding Joint Chair of the North South Education and Training Standards Committee (NSETS), the all-Ireland body for the professional endorsement of youth work training. He is the Irish correspondent for the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) and from 2010-2018 was Vice President for Europe (including the Russian Federation) of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Youth (RC34).


Year Publication
2010 Devlin, M. and Tierney, H. (2010) Standpoints: Attitudes of Young People and Youth Workers to Development and Global Justice Issues. : National Youth Council of Ireland. [Full-Text]
2009 Devlin, M. and Gunning, A. (2009) The Purpose and Outcomes of Youth Work. : Irish Youth Work Press.
2007 Devlin, M., Lalor, K. and de Róiste, Á. (2007) Young People in Contemporary Ireland. : Gill & Macmillan.
2006 Devlin, M. (2006) Inequality and the Stereotyping of Young People. : Equality Authority. [Full-Text]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2013 Devlin, M. (2013) 'Working with Young People: Discourse, Policy and Practice' In: Lalor, K. and Share, P(Eds.). Applied Social Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland (3rd edition). Dublin : Gill & Macmillan.
2012 Devlin, M. (2012) 'Youth Work in the Republic of Ireland' In: Youthnet(Eds.). Youth Work Policy and Delivery in Ireland: A North South Context. Belfast/Dublin : Youthnet/National Youth Council of Ireland.
2012 Devlin, M. (2012) 'Youth Work, Professionalism and Professionalisation in Europe' In: Coussée, F., Williamson, H. and Verschelden, G(Eds.). The History of Youth Work in Europe: Relevance for Today’s Youth Work Policy. Volume 3. Strasbourg : Council of Europe.
2011 Chisholm, L., Kovacheva, S., Merico, M., Devlin, M., Jenkins, D. and Karsten, A. (2011) 'Introduction: The Social Construction of Youth and the Triangle between Youth Research, Youth Policy and Youth Work in Europe' In: Chisholm, L., Kovacheva, S. and Merico, M(Eds.). European Youth Studies: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Innsbruck : M.A. EYS Consortium.
2010 Devlin, M. (2010) 'Youth work in Ireland: Some historical reflections' In: F. Cousée, G. Verschelden, T. Van de Walle, M. Medlinska and H. Williamson(Eds.). The history of youth work in Europe: Volume 2. Strasbourg : Council of Europe Publishing. [Full-Text]
2009 Devlin, M. (2009) 'Working with Young People' In: P. Share and K. Lalor(Eds.). Applied Social Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland (2nd edition). Dublin : Gill & Macmillan.
2009 Devlin, M. (2009) 'Theorising Youth' In: C. Forde, E. Kiely and R. Meade(Eds.). Youth and Community Work in Ireland: Critical Perspectives. Dublin : Blackhall Publishing. [Full-Text]
2009 Devlin, M. (2009) 'Foreword' In: C. Forkan, C. O'Regan, P. O'Sullivan(Eds.). An Evaluation of the Educational Action Research Project Athlone. Galway : Child and Family Research Centre, NUIG. [Full-Text]
2001 Devlin, M. (2001) 'Introduction' In: Ann O'Dwyer(Eds.). In From The Cold: Towards a Strategy for Rural Youth Work. : Kerry Diocesan Youth Service.
2001 Devlin, M. (2001) 'Commentary: Relevance beyond the Federation' Communications and Media Team, NYF' In: A Model of Local Youth Service. : National Youth Federation/Irish Youth Work Press.
2000 Devlin, M. (2000) 'Imagining Better Youth Work: Current Realities, Future Trends' In: The Future of Youth Work and Development Education: the DEFY Tenth Anniversary Conference, Development Education for Youth. Dublin
2000 Devlin, M. (2000) 'Introduction' In: Rural Youth Work in County Wexford. : Ferns Diocesan Youth Service/County Wexford Partnership.
1999 Devlin, M. (1999) 'The Need for Certification and Accreditation in Youth Work' In: Youthcert Annual Review 1998. : City of Dublin Youth Service Board/National Youth Federation.
1998 Devlin, M. (1998) 'Youth and Community Work and Early School Leaving' In: Prevention of Early School Leaving: The Youthstart Experience. Dublin : EU Youthstart National Support Structure.
1995 Devlin, M. (1995) 'Introduction' In: M. Payne(Eds.). European Dimensions in the Training of Youth Workers: Philosophical Starting Points, Concepts and Approaches. Koblenz : European Centre for Community Education.
1994 Devlin, M. and W. Lorenz (1994) 'Youth Work and Youth Work Training in Ireland' In: F. Siebel(Eds.). European Dimensions in the Initial Training of Youth and Community Workers. Koblenz : European Centre for Community Education.
1990 Crickley, A. and M. Devlin (1990) 'Community Work in the '80s - an Overview' In: Community Work in Ireland: Trends in the 80s; Options for the 90's. Dublin : Combat Poverty Agency.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2010 Devlin, Maurice (2010) 'Young People, Youth Work and Youth Policy: European Developments'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 5 :66-82. [Full-Text]
2009 Devlin, M. and Gunning, A. (2009) 'The Benefits of Youth Work: Young People's and Youth Workers' Perspectives'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 4 :40-55. [Full-Text]
2008 Devlin, M. (2008) 'Youth Work and Youth Policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: 'Still Haven't Found What We're Looking For''. YOUTH & POLICY, 100 :41-54. [Full-Text]
2005 Devlin, M. (2005) ''Teenage Traumas': The Discursive Construction of Young People as a 'Problem' in an Irish Radio Documentary'. YOUNG: NORDIC JOURNAL OF YOUTH RESEARCH, 13 :167-184. [Full-Text]
2003 Devlin, M. (2003) ''A Bit of the Other': Media Representations of Young People's Sexuality'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 12 :86-106. [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2011 Devlin, M. and Jenkins, D. (2011) ''Far fetched but worth the carriage': the fuzzy logic of the transnational curriculum project' NALDIC Quarterly, 9 .
2010 Devlin, M. (2010) 'Youth Drama: The Youth Work Act?' Youth Drama Ireland, 12 :12-15. [Full-Text]
2004 Devlin, M. (2004) 'Sex, Drugs and Stereotypes: Representations of Young People' Equality News, :17-19. [Full-Text]
2000 Devlin, M. (2000) 'Art and the Extraordinary: the Place of the Arts in Training for Youth and Community Work' In2 (Journal of the National Youth Arts Programme), 2 .
2000 Devlin, M. (2000) 'The Education (Welfare) Bill 1999' Irish Youthwork Scene, 27 . [Full-Text]
2000 M. Devlin and H. Tierney (2000) 'Youthcert: Promoting Certification and Accreditation of Community-based Youth Work Training' Irish Youthwork Scene, 29 . [Full-Text]
1999 Devlin, M. (1999) 'Youth Work: Changes and Challenges' Irish Youthwork Scene, . [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2009 (2009) Children, Young People and Social Practices Chairperson, thematic session at the Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland Waterford Institute of Technology, .
2009 (2009) The History of Youth Work: An Irish Perspective Invited paper, 2nd Workshop on the History of Youth Work in Europe Blankenberge, Belgium, .
2009 (2009) Where are Irish teenagers at? Keynote address, Annual Conference of the National Youth Council of Ireland Emmaus Centre, Swords, County Dublin, .
2009 (2009) From Inside Out to What's the Story? Chairperson, seminar on Arts and Youth Work, Fatima: A Cultural Archaeology exhibition National College of Art and Design, Dublin, .
2009 (2009) The Purpose and Outcomes of Youth Work Keynote address, Thinking Seriouosly about the Future of the Youth Service conference Belfast Castle, .
2009 (2009) Youth, Inequality and Stereotyping in Ireland Invited presentation to Department of Social Welfare, University of Ghent Ghent, Belgium, .
2009 (2009) Asking the Right Questions Keynote address at launch of Essential Guidelines for Good Youth Work Practice by CDYSB Department of Education and Science, Dublin, .
2009 (2009) Contemporary Images of Youth Presentation to postgraduate seminar, School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast, .
2001 (2001) National Youth Council of Ireland Seminar Dublin, 05/01/2001-05/12/2001.
2001 Anna Gunning (2001) Annual General Meeting of the National Youth Federation Clontarf Castle, Dublin, 06/01/2001-06/09/2001.
2001 David Treacy (2001) Meeting of Directors of Regional Youth Services, National Youth Federation Dublin, 11/01/2001-.

Technical Publication

Year Publication
2000 Devlin, M. (2000) Social Exclusion: New Terms, New Issues. TP
1999 Devlin, M. and Hunt, N. (1999) The Changing Face of Youth Work. TP
1999 Devlin, M. (1999) The Education (Welfare) Bill 1999. TP
1998 Devlin, M. (1998) Developing a Strategy for Rural-Based Youth Work in County Wexford. TP
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