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 Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Research Associate, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

Available for postgraduate supervision


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) and the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) project.

My research interests also centre on the educational experiences and transitions 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

  • PhD, Cardiff University
  • 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
  • Alternative education provision
  • School exclusion
  • Educational transitions 
  • Creative and participatory research with young people