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Sean Murphy

01642 342393
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Youth Work
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
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Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Youth Work, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 342393
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Sean has been at Teesside University since 2007, and is a well-established academic and tutor with a wealth experience of teaching, learning and course management.  He has developed key specialisms a range of topics, including Youth Work Practice, Childhood and Youth Studies, Children’s Rights, Globalization, Youth Work History, and Contemporary Youth Policy. He has significant experience of programme management, including course leadership of professional degree programmes, liaison with validating bodies and employer/sector engagement. He is currently programme co-ordinator for FdA Working with Children and Young People, supporting collaborative provision and sector skills development. He brings to lecture room a wealth of professional practice knowledge, with over 20 years Youth and Community Work experience, including work across Teesside, as well as posts in Manchester, Liverpool and Leicester.

Research interests

He has a range of specific research interests including:

  • Young Carers, and Care Leavers
  • Youth rights, citizenship and participation
  • Youth justice, and policing of communities
  • Irish and minority ethnic young people
  • Culture, identity and belonging
Membership of Research & Professional Bodies

He is an active member of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (PALYCW); and the National Youth Agency’s (NYA) Training and Advisory Group (TAG) member, and member of British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Enterprise interests

Consultancy Work
He has significant expertise in supporting staff development and facilitating change management in voluntary and community youth sector organisations. Recent commissioned to undertake "Future Linx" change and visioning work with Hemlington Linx. He has established YouthThink (which includes youth data and intelligence hub to support understanding of youth issues across Teesside and the North East.

External Examiner
He has a number of external academic roles, including External Examiner at Manchester University; and De Montfort University. 

Community/Employer active
He is still actively engaged as a Trustee on local youth and community organisations across including Teesside LINX Detached Project (Middlesbrough), and The Junction (Young Carers) Foundation (Redcar).


Recent publications

Murphy, S.F. (2017) The rise of a neo-communitarian project: A critical youth work study into the pedagogy of the National Citizen Service in England. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, p.204717341770776.

Murphy, S. (2017) [B]othered Youth: Stop and search, marginalisation and the policing of belonging (Book Chapter) in Blackman, S. (ed.) The Marginalisation of Young People in the UK. Polity Press.

Murphy, S. (2014), Bordered citizenship: National identities, transnational lives and the limitation of the UK’s National Citizen Service, Youth Voice Journal Online

Murphy, S. (2014) ‘Rethinking Stop and Search: Section 60 and the ‘ways of thinking’ about marginalised youth’ [Online] Available at:

Recent Conference Presentations/Papers

28-30 August 2014 - Conference paper: ‘The Birth of the Neo-Child: Reflections on changing constructions of childhood under neoliberalism’ at Social and Moral Fabric of Schooling 8th International Conference – Hull University.

26-28 June 2014 - Conference paper: National Citizen Service: A citizenship model for Broken Britain? at British Educational Research Association (BERA) event ‘What is Radical in Youth and 
Community Work Now? - Newman University – Birmingham.

12-13 June 2014 - ‘Where Now for Social justice?’ National Citizen Service: A citizenship model for Broken Britain? BERA event ‘What is Radical in Youth and Community Work Now? - Christchurch University.

Web blog

You may to visit Sean’s YouthThink blog - a web space which is dedicated to providing a critical commentary on young people in society.

View Sean Murphy's Publications on TeesRep