IMISCOE Web Directory - Kate Smith
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.