School of Social and Political Science

Fiona Smyth

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Prof. Liz Stanley


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University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science Studentship


PhD Sociology 2009, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

MPhil/MA (Res) 2001, School of Communications, Dublin City University

BA (Hons) 1998, School of Communications, Dublin City University


A Survey of Young People's Reading: Teenage Opinions. (2009). The Journal of Reading, Writing & Literacy. 3: 21-39. ISSN: 1743-0534 (with Sophie Mackay and Sally Maynard ).

A Survey of Young People’s Reading in England: Borrowing and Choosing Books. (2008). Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 40: 239-253. DOI: 10.1177/0961000608096714 (with Sophie Mackay and Sally Maynard).

A survey of young people's reading: thinking about fiction. (2008). New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 14: 45-66. ISSN: 1740-7885 (with Sally Maynard and Sophie Mackay).

Constructing place, directing practice? Using travel guidebooks. (2008). Edinburgh Working Papers in Sociology, 28. ISBN: 1900522233

Young People’s Reading in 2005: The Second Study of Young People’s Reading Habits. (2007). London: Roehampton University. ISBN 978-1-906102-01-2 (with Sally Maynard et al.)

Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories of a City. (2007). Journeys, 8: 1-2. ISSN 1465-2609.

Negotiating Social Constraint: Power and Agency in Women’s Travel Narratives. Manuscript in preparation.

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Research interests

Travel and identity; the narrative construction of identities; women travellers; performativity of travel practices; travel writing, particularly diaries and letters, and travel photography. Children’s reading; higher education, skills and assessment.

Previous research

Research Assistant 2003-2005 National Centre for Research in Children's Literature

Research Assistant 1999 Family Pathways Project, Harvard University/Cambridge Hospital

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