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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Anne-Marie Smith


Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood and Education Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom



I joined the School of Education at Liverpool JMU in 2021, as senior lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies, after ten years teaching in Childhood and Youth Studies at Bangor University. Prior to beginning a career in higher education, I worked as a translator, a language teacher (French, Spanish and EFL) in London and Mauritius, and as a children’s participation project worker in Liverpool.



Smith AM. 2014. Old Fieldwork, New Ethnography: Taking the Stories Out of the Bag Qualitative Inquiry, 20 :699-708 DOI

Smith A-M. 2007. The children of Loxicha: Exploring Ideas of Childhood and the Rules of Participation Children, Youth and Environments, 17 :33-55

Smith A-M. 2010. Paving the way for pupil voice: school councils campaigning for fair trade in Liverpool Cox S, Robinson-Pant A, Dyer C, Schweisfurth M. Children as Decision Makers in Education: Sharing Experiences across cultures Continuum Press 978-1-4411-2207-0 DOI

Smith A-M. 2009. The children of Loxicha: Participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric? Thomas N. Children, Politics and Communication – Participation at the Margins Policy Press. Bristol 978-1847421838 Publisher Url


My interest in socio-cultural ideas of childhood and children’s participation rights across different societies developed from my doctoral ethnographic fieldwork with street children in southern Mexico, as well as study trips with students to Romania and Uganda.
As a researcher and writer, I am interested in autoethnography and methodologies that are creative and participatory. I have written about the emotional experiences of doing fieldwork, published in Qualitative Inquiry, and have supervised doctoral students carrying out fieldwork in different countries.
More recently I have developed an interest in writing for personal and professional development in education. As a qualified Poetry Therapy Practitioner, I lead workshops for students and staff in schools and higher education contexts.
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