Christine Smith

Lecturer/ Professional Practice Co-ordinator

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Education and Social Sciences

01482 466878

Christine Smith is passionate about the transformative potential of community and education in creating the conditions to produce greater social justice and in combating new formations of inequality.

She is an experienced practitioner and has undertaken a variety of lead roles across the voluntary, community and statutory sector since the 1980s.

Christine focuses on the the role of higher education in the professional formation of youth and community educators as part of her research.

She is an active contributor across a number of networks including TAG Professional Association for Lecturers in Youth and Community Work and the Education Training and Standards Committee.


Research Interests

  • Informal and community education

  • Girls' work, citizenship and political literacy

  • Child Poverty, social policy, and equalities


Smith C and McAdam S, 'Community Collaboration and Consideration'. Radical Community Work Journal, volume 2:3 (2017)

Smith A, Smith C and Trelfa J, ‘The development of popular, informal and community education, and youth and community work in UK', in Seale M (ed), Trade Union Education, Transforming the World, New Internationalist (2017)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Foundations for Academic and Professional Practice

  • Research Methods and Methodology

  • Professional Practice Placement 1,2 and 3

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PG Cert in Education

  • HEA Fellow

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Education, University of Plymouth (2015- )

  • PG Certificate in Education, University of St Mark and St John (2014)

  • MA in Community Education with JNC professional Qualification in Youth and Community Work, Demontfort University Leicester (2008)

  • BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration, Plymouth Polytechnic (1987)

  • Diploma in Community Work, Plymouth Polytechnic (1987)

External roles

  • Chair Elect of the National Professional Association of Lecturers in Community and Youth Work (2015- ).

  • External Examiner, Open University, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies (2016-2020)

  • External Examiner, University of Teesside, BA (Hons) Youth and Community and MA Community Development and Youth Work, maternity cover (2015-2016)

  • External Examiner, Ulster University, BSc (Hons) Community Development (2017-2020)

  • TAG/PALYCW Rep on Education Training Standards Committee (2017)

Professional highlights

  • Programme Leader, MA Youth and Community Worker, University St Mark and St John (2010-2015)

  • Principal Youth Officer, Plymouth City Council (2003-2006)

  • Senior Officer, Staff Development, Quality Assurance and Training, Plymouth City Council (2002-2003)