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 Philip Smith

Philip Smith

Research Associate, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences


I am a Research Associate in the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), currently working on the Child Welfare and Inequalities Project (CWIP).  The study explores the relationship between poverty and social work practice, by examining how social workers understand and acknowledge poverty as part of their assessments and decision-making work with families.  

My research interests also centre on the educational experiences of young people in alternative forms of schooling provision and the roles and identities of professionals who work in these settings. I have also worked on projects with young people in the care system, in relation to their schooling experiences, and the creative arts.  My background is in youth and community work and childhood studies and I have experience of using a range of qualitative research methods, including creative and participatory methods and those from the ethnographic tradition.


Education and Qualifications

  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
  • PGDip/MSc Youth and Community Work, Manchester Metropolitan University

Academic positions

2019 - present: Research Associate, CASCADE, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2015-2018: Research Assistant, CASCADE, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University





My research interests include:

  • Children and young people
  • Professional roles and identities
  • Poverty and child welfare
  • Youth and community work
  • Pupil referral units and exclusions
  • Creative and participatory research with young people