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Biography

I am a Research Fellow (Asylum and Migration) in the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research. Working also as a Practitioner Manager at WomenCentre UK, I have more than 20 years of experience developing collaborative, participatory and creative projects with women and families seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants. With significant experience in the field of migration, my expertise has developed through long-term research and direct professional practice, service delivery and management with migrant and refugee organisations.

My research focuses broadly on gender, migration, asylum and refugee studies. I am particularly interested in how migration is understood and experienced by women. I have published and presented widely on these topics, including co-editing “Feminist Narrative Research: Opportunities and Challenges” (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). Contributing to many invited presentations at national and international workshops and conferences, I submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in the United Kingdom, and the UN Day of Discussion - 'The Rights of All Children in the Context of International Migration', where the case of child migrants was clarified with the CRC Committee adopting a higher standard that means immigration detention is always a child rights violation.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Feminist narrative methodologies

  • Concepts of vulnerability and resistance

  • Participatory, visual and creative methods

  • Narrative constructions of asylum and migration

  • Policy and practice related to asylum

Membership

Migrant Families, Children and Youth Standing Committee of IMISCOE; British Sociological Association; Leeds Migration Research Network; and WomenCentre.

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output

New and enduring narratives of vulnerability: Rethinking stories about the figure of the refugee

Smith, K. & Waite, L., 3 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 45, 13, p. 2289-2307 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Rethinking stories of transnational mothering in the context of international study

    Lockwood, K., Smith, K. & Karpenko-Seccombe, T., 2019, In : Women's Studies International Forum. 72, p. 17-24 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Forced Migrants and Asylum Seekers: Multiple Discriminations

    Koko, G., Monro, S. & Smith, K., 21 May 2018, Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism. Matebeni, Z., Monro, S. & Reddy, V. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Feminist Narrative Research: Opportunities and Challenges

    Woodiwiss, J. (ed.), Smith, K. (ed.) & Lockwood, K. (ed.), 6 Aug 2017, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Introduction: Doing Feminist Narrative Research

    Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. & Lockwood, K., 6 Aug 2017, Feminist Narrative Research: Opportunities and Challenges. Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. & Lockwood, K. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 1-10 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    The Listening Guide in Feminist Narrative Research

    Kate Smith (Organiser), Kelly Lockwood (Organiser)
    14 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Reflections on I Poems: Analysing the stories of women seeking asylum

    Kate Smith (Invited speaker)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Inter-generational Feedback Sessions - IMISCOE PhD network

    Kate Smith (Discussant)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Stories of asylum support and campaigning

    Kate Smith (Invited speaker)
    5 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Kate Smith (Participant)
    14 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    The Listening Guide - Women's stories

    Kate Smith

    30/11/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities