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Karen Smith

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice

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Email: karen.m.smith@ucd.ie

Biography

I joined the equality studies team in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in 2016 having previously worked in Dublin Institute of Technology for a number of years.  My academic qualifications are in law and social policy and my main research interests lie in the area of critical childhood studies and the government of childhood/government of child-adult relations. I am interested in the relationship between the government of childhood and broader questions related to power and inequality. My research to date has engaged with various areas of law and policy affecting children and families including child welfare and protection; education; youth justice; social protection; children's rights and participation. I have a particular interest in the application of governmentality theory to the critical examination of law and policy and in discourse theory and research.

My book on the government of childhood in the Western world was published by PalgraveMacmillan in 2014. An audio-interview with Dr. Patrick Ryan discussing this book is available here  http://shcyhome.org/2015/05/1827/

Follow me on twitter @mkarensmith1 


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2005.
Title: Open Postgraduate Award
Year: 2004.
Title: National Children's Strategy Research Fellowship
       

Conference Contributions

Karen Smith (2014) Constructing the Child in Need of Protection: Continuity and Change in Twentieth Century Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Twenty Years a-Growing: An International Conference on the History of Childhood in Ireland from the Medieval to the Modern Age, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin , 09-JUN-14 - 10-JUN-14.
Karen Smith (2015) Children's Rights and Agency: Foucauldian Perspectives. [Oral Presentation], Children and Childhoods, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, UK , 13-JUL-15 - 14-JUL-15.
Karen Smith (2015) Beyond the Discourse of Investment: Policy for Children in Need of Care and Protection. [Oral Presentation], Social Care and Social Policy: Seeking Social Justice in the Era of Austerity and Beyond, DIT, Grangegorman, Dublin , 13-FEB-15 - 13-FEB-15.
Karen Smith (2015) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Social Care and Social Policy: Seeking Social Justice in the Era of Austerity and Beyond, DIT, Grangegorman, Dublin , 13-FEB-15 - 13-FEB-15.
Karen Smith (2016) The Need for Sacrifice: School Attendance and the Government of Irish Families. [Invited Oral Presentation], Children and Childhood before and after the Revolution, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland Galway , 16-SEP-16 - 17-SEP-16.
Karen Smith (2016) Beyond the Discourse of Investment: Policy for Children in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Social Policy in Recession and Recovery, Carmelite Centre, Dublin , 01-JUL-16 - 01-JUL-16.
   

Education

Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: PhD Social Policy
       

Other Activities

External Examiner B.Soc.Sc. programme Dublin Business School
2013/14 - 2015/16 
Guest co-editor for a special issue of Administration (Vol. 64 Issue 2) on the theme of Reflections on Irish Social Care published in August 2016. 
Guest co-editor for special issue
 of the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies (Vol. 16 Issue 2) on the theme of Social Care, Social Policy and Social Justice published in September 2016.
http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol16/iss2/
 



Publications

Books

Karen M. Smith (2014) The Government of Childhood: Discourse, Power and Subjectivity. Basingstoke, UK: PalgraveMacmillan. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

Karen Smith (2012) 'Sociological Perspectives on Childhood' In: Máire Mhic Mhathúna and Mark Taylor (eds). Early Childhood Education and Care: an Introduction for Students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. , pp.38-47 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Karen M. Smith (2016) 'State¿Family Relations under Negotiation: Reforming School Attendance Law in the Irish Free State'. Journal of Family History, :1-21. [DOI] [Details]
Karen Smith (2016) 'Constructing the Child in Need of State Protection: Continuity and Change in Irish Political Discourse in the Twentieth Century'. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 9 (2):309-323. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Karen Smith (2012) 'Producing governable subjects: Images of childhood old and new'. Childhood, 19 (1):24-37. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Karen Smith, Anne Marie Shier, Margaret Fingleton and Kevin Murphy (2016) 'Guest Editors' Introduction: Social Care, Social Policy and Social Justice' Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies 16 (2) :1-3. [Details]
Fiona McSweeney, Karen Smith and David Williams (2016) 'Introduction: Reflections on the provision, organisation and management of social care in Ireland (Guest editorial for special issue)' Administration 64 (2) :1-6. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
                                                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of critical childhood studies. I am interested in the relationship between the government of childhood and broader questions related to power and inequality. My research to date has engaged with various areas of law and policy affecting children and families and I have a particular interest in the application of governmentality theory to the critical examination of law and policy. My current research focus is on the government of school attendance in Ireland.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Learning Through Research
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-AUG-18
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201600   SSJ50020     Social Justice: PhD Roundtable 2
201600   SSJ50040     Social Justice: PhD Roundtable 4
201600   SSJ50010     Social Justice: PhD Roundtable 1
201600   SSJ30150     Social Justice: Law & Social Justice Seminar 3
201600   SSJ50030     Social Justice: PhD Roundtable 3
201600   SSJ50050     Social Justice: PhD Roundtable 5
201600   SSJ10040     Social Justice: Law & Social Justice Seminar 1
201600   EQUL40350     Equality Studies: Achieving Egalitarian Change
201600   SSJ20010     Social Justice: Childhood Inequality