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Research Interests

My research interests are in childhood, youth and education. I have a particular interest in educational attainment, creation and reproduction of social identity and social cohesion. 

I joined the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) in 2017 and have been involved in research on early intervention, programme development and evaluation. My current work in CESI is within the Innovation Zones programme of work, a community-university partnership to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Belfast, and the LINKS project exploring the role of early childhood development programmes to peacebuilding in lower and middle income countries affected by conflict.

I have also previously worked on an Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) RCT and process evaluation of an early years parenting programme, and a secondary data archiving project funded by the Children's Research Network. 

With a background in Sociology and Anthropology, I have experience across a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and previously worked on projects on multi-denominational religious education in the Republic of Ireland (TCD) and social identity in young people in Northern Ireland (PhD research, University of Aberdeen). 



I currently assist with the assessment and supervision of the MEd in Educational Studies.


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Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • Ambivalence in a Post-conflict Society: Young Catholics Growing Up in Northern Ireland

    Smith, A., 20 Jun 2018, The Contested Identities of Ulster Catholics. Burgess, P. (ed.). p. 239-259 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Barriers to Trust in a ‘Peace Process Generation’: Ambivalence in Young Catholics in Northern Ireland

    Smith, A., 05 Jul 2018, The Sociology of Compromise after Conflict. Brewer, J. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 75 101 p. (Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    68 Downloads (Pure)

    Children’s Agency in Multi-Belief Settings: The Case of Community National Schools in Ireland

    Faas, D., Smith, A. & Darmody, M., 05 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)