Lauren Smith

Research Fellow

Personal Statement

Lauren Smith is a Research Associate in the School of Education and the Department for Computer and Information Sciences. She is interested in issues around access, equity and inclusion in education and information, critical approaches to education and librarianship, information behaviour, information literacy, public libraries, political participation and citizenship. She is particularly interested in the role of news and the media on people's political perspectives, values and beliefs, and the influence of misinformation/disinformation.

She is currently researching issues around homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and has been involved in research into issues of equity and social justice in relation to widening access to higher education. She is also writing research proposals in the field of information behaviour. Her PhD focused on young people's political information experiences and how young people evaluate news and political information to develop their worldviews.

Research Interests

Lauren's research interests centre broadly around the relationship between information, education and social justice.


    Research areas

  • critical pedagogy, democratic engagement, political agency, information literacy, phenomenography, qualitative research, social justice, critical thinking, public libraries, school libraries, information ethics, freedom of information, public services, bullying, homophobia, widening access, widening participation, equity, censorship, misinformation, post truth, information processing, media literacy
  1. Radical librarians collective gathering 2016, Brighton

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  2. Information literacy as a tool to support political participation

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

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  1. iFutures 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Angry far right posts are dominating political Facebook

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

  3. The problem with knowledge: Knowledge after austerity and Brexit

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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