Dr Anne-Marie Smith

Dr Anne-Marie Smith
Dr Anne-Marie Smith
Lecturer in Education
01248 383610
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I joined the School of Education and Human Development in 2011 as a lecturer in Education (Childhood and Youth Studies). My doctoral research was concerned with cross-cultural understandings and perceptions of childhood and youth, with a focus on the political voice and participation of marginalised children and young people in southern Mexico. Before embarking and settling on a career in academia, I taught Spanish and French in London, Liverpool and Mauritius and worked in the field of Development Education, leading a participatory project with young people in school councils and the Schools Parliament in Liverpool.

My research interests are multidisciplinary and span the following areas:
Children’s voices, rights and agency; Sociological and cultural understandings of childhood and youth; Gender and identity; the use of transformative methodologies such as stories, autoethnography, narratives and poetic inquiry.

I have a long-standing interest in reflective and therapeutic writing and am currently developing new research to apply these approaches within pedagogical practice in Childhood Studies. Currently, I am in the final stages (completion July 2019) of training as Poetry/Bibliotherapy Practitioner with IaPoetry International. As part of this practice I lead Writing for Wellbeing workshops for staff at the University as well as in the wider community (Conwy and Bangor).

Current research projects

Children’s Rights in Education: exploring understandings and perceptions of children’s rights in practice
Understanding Participation / Children’s Rights [in development with Observatory @ Swansea]
Concepts of childhood: pedagogy and practice in Childhood Studies

Roles and Responsibilities

Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People:
Observatory @ Bangor Co-ordinator (partnership with Observatory @ Swansea)

BA Childhood & Youth Studies:
Deputy Course Director
Senior Tutor
Admissions Tutor

MRes Childhood and Youth Studies:
Course Director

Bangor Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood & Youth:
Annual conference co-ordinator (from 2016)

Research Supervision:

• Undergraduate projects (children’s rights, gender roles in childhood, concepts of childhood)
• MA and MRes dissertations (education/childhood and youth areas of study)
• EdD (1st supervisor): Charu Dada ‘A study of the educator’s conceptualisation of citizenship education in India’. Submitted January 2018
• EdD (1st supervisor): Angela John ‘Provision of academic support to children who have a prolonged absence due to a physical condition in mainstream schools in Wales and England. Submitted January 2018
• PhD (2nd supervisor): Jacob Finifrock ‘Trilingual education in Guizhou: a study of languages roles in education in rural school through the eyes of trilingual Kam teachers’. Submitted January 2018


BA Childhood & Youth Studies:
• XAE 1035 Children and Society (module leader)
• XAE 1027 Diversity, Rights and Culture (module leader)
• XAE 3036 Identities in Childhood (module leader)

MRes Childhood & Youth:
• XME 4042 Sociology of Childhood & Youth (module leader)
• XME 4102 MRes Dissertation (module leader)

MA Education:
XME4001 Research Methods in Education

Professional Membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2011)
Lapidus International Association (words for wellbeing organisation): Member
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE): Professional Member
British Sociological Association: Member of Childhood Studies group

Research Group

Researching Childhood: Pedagogy and Practice

Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People: Understanding Participation / Children’s Rights


Smith, A-M, Young, N. & Swerdlow, T. (in progress) ‘Expanding horizons or ruining Disney? An investigation of students’ experience of threshold concepts in Childhood Studies’ (working title)

Smith, A-M (2014) ‘Old Fieldwork, New Ethnography: Taking the stories Out of the Bag’, Qualitative Inquiry, 20 (5), 699-708.

Smith, A-M (2010): ‘Paving the way for pupil voice: school councils campaigning for fair trade in Liverpool’, in Sue Cox, Anna Robinson-Pant, Caroline Dyer and Michele Schweisfurth (eds) “Children as Decision Makers in Education”, Continuum Press.

Smith, A-M (2009): ‘The children of Loxicha: Participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?’ in Nigel Thomas (ed) Children, Politics and Communication – Participation at the Margins, Policy Press.

Smith, A-M (2007) “The children of Loxicha: Exploring Ideas of Childhood and the Rules of Participation” Children, Youth and Environments, 17 (3).

Smith, A-M (2007) ‘Los niños de Loxicha, México: exploración de algunas ideas sobre la niñez y de las reglas de participación’ in Yolanda Corona Caraveo and María Eugenia Linares Pontón (eds) Participación Infantil y Juvenil en América Latina, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana: México, pp179-216.


Bangor University Internship scheme 2014-15: Together with Dr N. Young we were successful in employing one of BA Childhood Studies undergraduates to run focus groups for our pilot research project exploring student perceptions and understandings of ‘threshold concepts’ in Childhood Studies.

Selected Conference Papers

10-12 November 2017, National Association of Writing in Education (NAWE) annual conference, York: (1) Writing for wellbeing (W4W) in Higher Education: Process v Prescription; (2) Writing for wellbeing: Finding Balance (workshop with Clare Scott, Lapidus)

11-13 November 2016, National Association of Writing in Education (NAWE) annual conference. Stratford-on-Avon: Autoethnographic Writing as Research and Therapy (workshop, with Dr Jeannie Wright University of Malta)
June 2016, International Conference on Bilingualism in Education, Bangor University: Different Languages, Different Education: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching and Learning in a Bilingual Environment (with Dr Nia Young)
25-26 June 2015, British Education Studies Association (BESA), Cardiff Metropolitan University: ‘Expanding horizons or ruining Disney? An investigation of students’ experience of threshold concepts in Childhood Studies’ (with N. Young & T. Swerdlow); ‘The Dragon in the Room: Pedagogical reflections on teaching and learning in a bilingual environment’ (with N.Young); ‘ “We trust you, don’t you trust us?”: Reflections on ethics and positionality in fieldwork in India’ (with C. Dada)

16-19 May 2012, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: ‘Memoirs of Fieldwork: Taking the Stories Out of the Bag’

19-25 July 2009, International Congress of Americanists (ICA), Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City: ‘Victims or participants? Reflections on a year in the lives of the children of Loxicha, Mexico’ (paper presented in Spanish)

10-12 September 2007, Socio-Legal Studies Association funded seminar ‘Children’s Participation in Research Processes: Putting Theory into Practice’, Centre for the Study of the Child, the Family and the Law, University of Liverpool: ‘Messy methodology and serendipity: Reflections from research with displaced children in Oaxaca City, Mexico.’

3-6 September 2007, European Sociological Association (ESA) 8th Conference, Research Network on the Sociology of Children and Childhood, Glasgow: ‘Layers of Children’s Participation: Choice, Obligation and Contexts of Childhood.’

21 November 2006, University of Swansea, Department of Childhood Studies Seminar Series ‘Children, Politics and Communication’: ‘The Children of Loxicha, Mexico: Challenging the Rules of Participation and Ideas about Childhood. ‘

4-6 July 2006, ‘Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation’ international conference, University of Sheffield Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth: ‘Children as political agents: Whose Discourse?’


PGCertHE (2010, Liverpool Hope University)
PhD ‘Translating Rights: Childhoods and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Oaxaca City, Mexico’ (ESRC Postgraduate Training Award no. R42200034390) (2005, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool)

MA (2000, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool)
PGCE, Modern Languages (1993, University of Greenwich)
BA, Applied Language Studies (1991, Thames Valley University)