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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


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 2006 2019

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


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

asylum seeker
1 Citation (Scopus)
asylum policy

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

women's studies
sexual violence
research method
2 Citations (Scopus)

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


Activities 2010 2019

Stories of asylum support and campaigning

Kate Smith (Invited speaker)
5 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Narratives of vulnerability: Rethinking Stories about the Figure of the Refugee

Kate Smith (Speaker)
7 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Children's Rights and Asylum Housing

Kate Smith (Invited speaker)
24 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

‘Women speak out: Stories about Female Genital Mutilation’.

Kate Smith (Keynote speaker)
19 Jun 2018

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, ...