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Dr Karen Smith


Karen Smith

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8183
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4


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 study of childhood inequality and in the discourses of childhood which shape law and policy for children. Over the past year I have been mainly been focused on collaborative research on refugee children, young people and families.