My research mainly focuses on linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity in education. This includes the educational experiences of children whose first language is not the language of the classroom and the ways in which linguistic and cultural capital of pupils and teachers is utilised and valued in education. I am interested in utilising methodologies which will enable the voice of participants to truly be reflected in the research findings and in giving consideration to power relationships in the research process. My research is predominantly ethnographic and increasingly uses an intersectional lens to investigate the data. I am co-convenor of the World Education Research Association International Research Network (WERA-IRN) on Intersectionality, Methodologies and Knowledge Mobilization for Social Justice in Education.
European Journal of Teacher Education (Journal) Editor2008
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BTG: Navigating the multilingual city: a case study of Glasgow past, present and future Cooke, Philip (Academic) Fantoni, Gianluca (Academic) Nickson, Dennis (Academic) Sime, Daniela (Academic) Smyth, Geri (Academic) The project advocates and fosters ‘multilingualism’ as a fundamental part of the ‘Future Cities’ the University of Strathclyde aspires to help design and implement. By bringing together academics at Strathclyde, public institutions, the private sector and ordinary citizens, the project aims to create synergies conducive to the goal of a general advancement in social cohesion and community engagement in Glasgow (and potentially in other cities), mainly by making use of the opportunities offered by multilingualism. To achieve this goal, the project uses a range of tools: a documentary film, a report, a workshop, conference papers. 01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2014 ESRC Seminar Comp: Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners Smyth, Geri (Principal Investigator) 01-Jan-2010 - 28-Jan-2013 Diversifying the Teaching Profession to Reflect and Respond to Diverse Learners Smyth, Geri (Principal Investigator) 01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2011 RiTes extension 2010 - 11 Smyth, Geri (Principal Investigator) 01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2011 RiTeS project extension 2008 - 2010 Smyth, Geri (Principal Investigator) 21-Jan-2008 - 31-Jan-2011 Refugee Teachers In Scotland: experiences and expertise - West of Scotland Wider Acess Forum Smyth, Geri (Principal Investigator) 01-Jan-2006 - 31-Jan-2008