Emma joined the Centre for Education Studies in 2017 having previously held Chairs at the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester. Before joining academia she worked for six years as a secondary school chemistry teacher and special educational needs co-ordinator in the South Wales valleys.
Emma researches social justice issues in the field of education. She is particularly interested in the role that policy can play in reducing inequalities and closing gaps in participation and achievement at all levels of education. She is also interested in research methodology especially the use of large-scale secondary data sets to address questions about educational equity.
Her research has been funded by the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and the European Union and her most recent book 'Key Issues in Education and Social Justice' will be published by Sage in 2018. She is also a co-editor of the BERA SAGE Handbook of Educational Research (2017) and The SAGE Handbook of Comparative and International Education (to be published in 2019).
Emma teaches the module 'Education and Social Justice' on the BA Education Studies programme and is keen to supervise students who are interested in researching education policy and inequality in the national and international context.
- Smith, Emma, White, Patrick, 2018. Where do all the STEM graduates go? Higher education, the labour market and career trajectories in the United Kingdom. Journal of Science, Education and Technology
- Smith, Emma, White, Patrick, 2017. A ?great way to get on'? The early career destinations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates. Research Papers in Education, 32 (2), pp. 231-253
- Smith, Emma, 2017. Shortage or surplus? A long-term perspective on the supply of scientists and engineers in the USA and the UK. Review of Education, 5 (2), pp. 171-199
- Smith, Emma, 2016. Can higher education compensate for society? Modelling the determinants of academic success at university. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (7), pp. 970-992
- Douglas, Graeme, McLinden, Mike, Robertson, Christopher, Travers, Joseph, Smith, Emma, 2016. Including pupils with special educational needs and disability in national assessment : comparison of three country case studies through an inclusive assessment framework. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 63 (1), pp. 98-121
- Smith, Emma, Nelson, Jeanette, 2015. Using the opinions and lifestyle survey to examine the prevalence and characteristics of families who home educate in the UK. Educational Studies, 41 (3), pp. 312-325
- Smith, Emma, 2015. What happened to the Beacon schools? Policy reform and educational equity. Oxford Review of Education, 41 (3), pp. 367-386
- Smith, Emma, White, Patrick, 2014. What makes a successful undergraduate? The relationship between student characteristics, degree subject and academic success at university. British Educational Research Journal, 41 (4), pp. 686-708
- Smith, Emma, 2018. Key issues in education and social justice. London ; Thousand Oaks, California, Sage
- Smith, Emma, 2017. Introduction. Wyse, D.; Selwyn, N.; Smith, E.; Sutter, L. E. (eds.), The BERA/SAGE handbook of educational research, London, Sage Publications Ltd
- Smith, Emma, 2017. Secondary data. Coe, R.; Waring, C.; Hedges, L. (eds.), Research Methods and Methodologies in Education, London, SAGE Publication Ltd 2017
- Smith, Emma, Douglas, G., 2017. Special educational and school accountability : an international perspective. Allan, Julie; Artiles, Alfredo J. (eds.), World yearbook of education 2017 : assessment inequalities, London, Routledge
- Smith, Emma, 2015. Education and social justice in England. Manitius, Veronika; Berkemeyer, Nils; Hermstein, Björn; Bos, Wilfried (eds.), Zur Gerechtigkeit von Schule : Theorien, Konzepte, Analysen, Mu¨nster, Westf Waxmann