Katherine A Smith

Katherine SmithDoctoral Researcher

Email: katherine.smith@sheffield.ac.uk



BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Durham University
MA Research Methods (Politics and International Relations), Durham University
Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work, University of East London


Katherine Smith is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sheffield. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MA in Research Methods (Politics and International Relations), from the University of Durham. Katherine is a JNC qualified youth worker: before beginning her doctoral research, she worked for 3 years in the public sector, predominantly across local authority and housing association youth services, delivering and managing youth programmes. In 2017 she was awarded a studentship for her doctoral studies from the European Union Horizon 2020 funded EURYKA project (‘Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities‘ PI: Prof Maria Grasso / website / Twitter).

Her interests lie in political participation, young people’s politics, inequality, and comparative politics. Her PhD research addresses the role of inequality on young people’s (dis)engagement with politics, both in terms of declining participation in formal politics and changing patterns of informal political participation and activism.

PhD Research

PhD Title: A crisis in democratic participation? The impact of inequality on the political (dis)engagement of young people

Supervisors: Prof Maria Grasso and Dr Liam Stanley

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