Geri Smyth


  • United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I’m a Professor in Education at the University where I have worked since the 1993 merger of Jordanhill College with the University.   My research focuses on social justice in education, specifically on bilingualism and plurilingualism among teachers and pupils but also on issues around gender, race,  ethnicity and refugee studies.   My research translates directly into my teaching both locally and internationally, with undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as with educational practitioners.   I work multinationally and with a range of humanities and social science disciplines.   I am currently the co-Editor of the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Research Interests

  • Respondent voice
  • Bilingualism and Plurilingualism
  • Ethnography
  • Diversity in the Teaching Profession
  • Linguistic, Ethnic and Cultural Diverstiy in Education
  • Social Justice in Education

Teaching Interests

My main teaching concerns support for bilingual learners in the classroom.   This is provided for BA, BEd and PGDE programmes.   I am Course Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Supporting Bilingual Learners.   I also provide teaching input on ethnographic research methods and writing for publication to postgraduate research students and I contribute to the MSc in Educational Psychology on issues around diversity and social justice in education.   I have been a visiting lecturer in several international settings including, most recently, Canada, Australia and Malta.

Research Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Open University

Master of Arts, Open University

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

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Research Output

Methodologies for Researching Cultural Diversity in Education: International Perspectives

Smyth, G. (ed.) & Santoro, N. (ed.), 1 Sep 2014, London. 138 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Rhetoric versus reality: how do teacher professional standards shape the development of culturally responsive practitioners?

    Santoro, N. & Kennedy, A., 2014, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Thesis

    Parenting styles and social-emotional competence of pre-school children in Abuja, Nigeria

    Author: Adeyemi, A. E., 22 Oct 2015

    Supervisor: Marwick, H. (Supervisor) & Smyth, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    • 1 Journal or guest editorship

    European Journal of Teacher Education (Journal)

    Geri Smyth (Editor)
    2008 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship


    Enhanced professional status and employment prospects of refugee teachers

    Geri Smyth (Participant), Henry Kum (Participant), Ian Menter (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEducation, Professional practice, training and standards