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I took up the post of Research Fellow: asylum and migration (children and family wellbeing) in the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, at the University of Huddersfield in September 2015. I also work as a practitioner manager at WomenCentre, Calderdale and Kirklees developing collaborative and participatory services and projects with women seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants. I was awarded a PhD for my thesis entitled "Challenging dominant narratives: Stories of women seeking asylum" (ESRC funded) in February 2015. My research interests centre broadly on the areas of migration, asylum and refugee studies. This includes contesting the inequalities and injustices that coincide with asylum and immigration policies and practices.
I have a strong commitment to qualitative and participatory methods, developing projects and research that contributes to the well-being of women, children and families. I am particularly interested in the construction of narratives, including dominant narratives as they intersect with the stories of women and children. My current work is concerned with constructions of vulnerability and the politics of vulnerability in relation to migration, as well as theories and practices of resistance.
Smith, K (2017) ‘Asylum support for children and young people living in Kirklees - Stories of mothers.’. In: Children and Childhoods: Seeking Asylum, 18 September 2017, Brian Jackson Centre, Huddersfield
Lockwood, K., Smith, K. and Woodiwiss, J. (2017) ‘Moving forward :opportunities and challenges’. In: Feminist narrative research : opportunities and challenges. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 207-212. ISBN 978-1-137-48567-0
Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. and Lockwood, K. (2017) Feminist narrative research: opportunities and challenges . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137485670
Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. and Lockwood, K. (2017) ‘Doing feminist narrative research’. In: Feminist narrative research : opportunities and challenges. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-137-48567-0
Smith, K (2017) ‘Women, asylum and resistance: A feminist narrative approach to making sense of stories’. In: Feminist narrative research: Opportunities and challenges. London: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 179-202. ISBN 978-1137485670
Smith, K (2017) ‘Women speak out Stories about Female Genital Mutilation’. In: Maternity Conference, 20 June 2017, University of Huddersfield
Smith, K (2017) ‘Working with women affected by Female Genital Mutilation and their role in speaking about and against Female Genital Mutilation’. In: Introduction to FGM/Forced Marriage/Honour Based Abuse (Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board), Thursday 18 May, 2017, Halifax, Calderdale
Smith, K (2017) ‘Narratives of Vulnerability and the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme’. In: Engage Research Festival, 25-28 April 2017, University of Huddersfield
Smith, K (2017) ‘Vulnerability: Rethinking stories about the refugee’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 April, Manchester
Smith, K (2017) ‘New and enduring vulnerabilities: Rethinking stories about 'the refugee.’. In: Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)Security: Experiencing (in)securities, March 2017, University of Leeds
Smith, K (2017) ‘Despite repeated failings, private firms continue to run asylum housing’ The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032
Smith, K (2017) ‘Rethinking stories of migration with children, women and families’. In: Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, Annual Conference 2017. Improving lives: making a difference with childhood, youth and family research., January 2017, University of huddersfield
Smith, K (2016) ‘Women Speak Out: Stories from women who have been affected by Female Genital Mutilation.’. In: Safeguarding An introduction to Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence, Friday 9 December, 2016, Halifax, Calderdale
Smith, K (2016) ‘Resisting narrative borders: Stories of women seeking asylum.’. In: Borderlands - Biennial gender Research Conference, Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, University of Hull
Smith, K (2016) ‘Telling stories of resistance and ruination: Women seeking asylum’ Journal of Resistance Studies , 2 (2), pp. 33-64.
Smith, K (2016) ‘Degrading living conditions for asylum seekers are fuelled by privatisation’ The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032
Smith, K (2015) Open Letter to members of the House of Lords regarding the Immigration Bill 2015 - Second Reading 22nd December, 2015. Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research (Unpublished).
Smith, K (2015) Social workers welcome refugees to the UK joint statement and call for action by the Association of Professors of Social Work (APSW), British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUC SWEC) and Social Work Action Network (SWAN).. APSW, BASW, JUC SWEC and SWAN .
Smith, K. and Lockwood, K. (2015) Asylum support for children and young people living in Kirklees: Stories of mothers Kirklees: WomenCentre
Smith, K (2015) Women and migration. Introduction to migration Leeds, UK: Migration Yorkshire
Smith, K (2015) ‘Stories Told By, For, and About Women Refugees: Engendering Resistance’ ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies , 14 (2), pp. 461-469. ISSN 1492-9732
Smith, K (2014) ‘A human rights approach to training and campaigning to end Female Genital Mutilation’. In: The University of Huddersfield Midwifery Society presents .. FGM Conference, Monday 15 September 2014, University of Huddersfield
Smith, K (2014) Challenging dominant narratives: stories of women seeking asylum Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Smith, K (2014) ‘The Voice of the Child and Female Genital Mutilation’. In: Driving forward quality and improvement in Children and Family Services., 15th September 2014, University of Huddersfield
Smith, K (2014) ‘Making sense of stories: Narratives of women seeking asylum’. In: Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters, 19th - 20th June 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Smith, K (2014) ‘Narratives of resistance. Listening to women seeking asylum in the UK’. In: Displaced Women: Multilingual Narratives of Migration in Europe. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 27-44. ISBN 978-1443855280
Smith, K (2013) ‘'Stories told by, for and about women refugees'. In: Women's Stories, Women's Lives. A Feminist Research Symposium.’. In: A Feminist Research Symposium, 8th March 2013, University of Huddersfield
Smith, K (2013) ‘Harmful practice: Detention and women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom’. In: Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 18-39. ISBN 9781443849685
Smith, K. and Jones, A. (2012) ‘Experiences of Asylum Seeking Women and Their Children in United Kingdom Detention Facilities: A Matter for Rights Enforcement’ Scientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. New Series. Sociology and Social Work Section , 2 (5), pp. 138-153. ISSN 2066-8961
Smith, K (2011) ‘The experiences of women seeking asylum in the UK: A literature review’. In: Understanding the Social World Conference 2011, 13th - 15th July 2011, University of Huddersfield
Warwick, I., Neville, R. and Smith, K. (2006) ‘My life in Huddersfield: Supporting young asylum seekers and refugees to record their experiences of living in Huddersfield’ Social Work Education , 25 (2), pp. 129-137. ISSN 0261-5479
I have made numerous submissions to the United Nations and I have contributed to parliamentary inquiries, national consultations and policy briefings about women, children and families subject to immigration laws in the UK. Contributions include:
I have been involved with securing funding, organising and running a number of conferences, seminars and workshops.
I am interested in supervising students whose interests lie in the areas of migration, in particular women and/or children seeking asylum and refugees.
I teach on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules on asylum and migration and related issues affecting women, children and families. I facilitate a number of full and half-day ‘masterclasses’ with qualified professionals. I also contribute guest lectures on the topics of asylum, migration and narrative.
I am an experienced practitioner with more than two decades of experience at WomenCentre, Kirklees developing collaborative and participatory services and projects with women, families and children seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants. An advisor on asylum and migration issues, I collaborate with multiple stakeholders. I am contracted to work in partnership with different migration specialist organisations at a regional and national level on a range of training, resources and projects.