Bio

Teaching

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). My current teaching is around policy development. I have broader teaching interests is residential child care, ethics and social work theory and a particular interest in professional education.

Biography

I was a practitioner and manager in residential child care settings for almost 20 years before entering academia. My first academic post was at the University of Strathclyde, where I set up and taught a Masters programme in residential child care. In 2005, I moved to the University of Edinburgh as lecturer, and subsequently, senior lecturer, in social work. I served as head of social work there from 2013 - 2017. I joined the University of Dundee as Professor of Social Work in 2017.

Research

I have a broad range of research and writing interests. I have published three books on residential child care and an edited volume on moral panics. An edited text (with Viv Cree), 'Social Work in a Changing Scotland' will be published early in 2018. My research interests lie in the areas of care and upbringing, social pedagogy, social work ethics and theorising social work. I have a particular current interest in historical abuse in residential child care.

I would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of the above areas, or more broadly, through negotiation.

Publications

Smith, M & Cree, VE 2018,

Introduction. in M Smith & VE Cree (eds), Social Work in a Changing World. Student Social Work, Routledge, Abingdon.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2018,

Ethics for Social Work. in VE Cree & M Smith (eds), Social Work in a Changing Scotland. Student Social Work, Routledge, Abingdon.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ingram, R & Smith, M 2018,

Relationship-based practice: emergent themes in social work literature. IRISS Insights, no. 41, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, United Kingdom.

Research output: Book Anthology



Grootegoed, E & Smith, M 2018,

'The emotional labour of austerity.: How social workers reflect and work on their feelings towards reducing support to needy children and families' British Journal of Social Work. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcx151

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M & Burnett, R 2018,

'The origins of the Jimmy Savile scandal' International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol 38, no. 1/2, pp. 26-40. DOI:
10.1108/IJSSP-03-2017-0029

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2018,

Social Work in Scotland. in J Harris & V White (eds), A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. 2 edn, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom. DOI:
10.1093/acref/9780198796688.001.0001

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Mc Culloch, P & Smith, M 2017,

'Creating spaces for change: engaging civil society to harness change in criminal justice practice' European Journal of Probation, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 231-247. DOI:
10.1177/2066220317743182

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Cameron, C & Reimer, D 2017,

'From attachment to recognition for children in care' British Journal of Social Work, vol 47, no. 6, pp. 1606-1623. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcx096

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Cree, VE & Clapton, G 2017,

'Moral panics and social work: A response to David Pilgrim' Critical and Radical Social Work, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 223-229. DOI:
10.1332/204986017X14919883274449

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Cree, V, Macrae, R, Sharp, D, Wallace, E & O'halloran, S 2017,

'Social Suffering: changing organisational culture in children and families social work through critical reflection groups- insights from Bourdieu' British Journal of Social Work, vol 47, no. 4, pp. 973-988. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcw087

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cree, VE, Clapton, G & Smith, M 2017,

Standing up to Complexity: Researching Moral Panics in Social Work. in W Lorenz & I Shaw (eds), Private Troubles or Public Issues?: Challenges for Social Work Research. Routledge, London.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2017,

Residential childcare in faith-based institutions. in BR Crisp (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work. Routledge International Handbooks, Routledge, Abingdon.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2017,

'A cautionary tale regarding ‘believing’ allegations of historical child abuse' Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 62-76. DOI:
10.1080/17496535.2016.1246586

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Mc Culloch, P & Smith, M 2017,

Rethinking Criminal Justice in Scotland. in S Barrow & M Small (eds), Scotland 2021. Bella Caledonia/Ekklesia, Edinburgh, pp. 161-166.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2017,

Professional identity in the care and upbringing of children: towards a praxis of residential child care. in SA Webb (ed.), Professional Identity and Social Work. 1 edn, Routledge, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M & Woodiwiss, J 2016,

'Sexuality, innocence and agency in narratives of childhood sexual abuse: implications for social work' British Journal of Social Work, vol 46, no. 8, pp. 2173-2189. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcw160

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2016,

'Editorial' International Journal of Social Pedagogy, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 1-5. DOI:
10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2017.01

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cree, VE, Macrae, R, Smith, M, Knowles, N, O'Halloran, S, Sharp, D & Wallace, E 2016,

'Critical reflection workshops and knowledge exchange: findings from a Scottish project' Child and Family Social Work, vol 21, no. 4, pp. 548-556. DOI:
10.1111/cfs.12177

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2016,

Telling Stories? Adults' Retrospective Narratives of Abuse in Residential Child Care. in R Burnett (ed.), Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse. Oxford University Press, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cree, V, Clapton, G & Smith, M (eds) 2016,

Revisiting Moral Panics. Moral panics in theory and practice, Policy Press, Bristol.

Research output: Book Anthology



Macrae, R, Cree, VE & Smith, M 2016,

'The Role of Practitioner Research In Developing Cultures of Learning In Children and Families Social Work' Practice: Social Work in Action, vol 28, no. 3, pp. 181-197. DOI:
10.1080/09503153.2015.1074669

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cameron, C, Reimer, D & Smith, M 2016,

'Towards a theory of upbringing in foster care in Europe' European Journal of Social Work, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 152-170. DOI:
10.1080/13691457.2015.1030360

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2016,

'Editorial' Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 193-196. DOI:
10.1080/17496535.2016.1194548

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Cree, VE, Clapton, G & Smith, M 2015,

'Standing up to Complexity: Researching Moral Panics in Social Work' European Journal of Social Work, vol 19, no. 3-4, pp. 354-367. DOI:
10.1080/13691457.2015.1084271

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2015,

'Something lost along the way: changing patterns of leadership in Scottish residential schools' Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, vol 14, no. 2, pp. 1-16.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cree, VE, Clapton, G & Smith, M 2015,

Preface. in VE Cree, G Clapton & M Smith (eds), Revisiting Moral Panics. Moral Panics in Theory and Practice, Policy Press, Bristol, pp. xi-xvi.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M, Clapton, G & Cree, VE 2015,

Moral panics and beyond. in VE Cree, G Clapton & M Smith (eds), Revisiting Moral Panics. Moral Panics in Theory and Practice, Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 261-269.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2015,

'Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth: developing evidence-based international practice' British Journal of Social Work, vol 45, no. 3, pp. 1073-1076. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcv013

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M & Cree, VE 2014,

'Social Work and Pornography: some ethical considerations' Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 8, no. 4, pp. 317-331. DOI:
10.1080/17496535.2014.889735

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cree, VE, Clapton, G & Smith, M 2014,

'The Presentation of Child Trafficking in the UK: an old and new moral panic' British Journal of Social Work, vol 44, no. 2, pp. 418-433. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcs120

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cree, VE, Clapton, G & Smith, M 2014,

'Moral Panics, Jimmy Savile and Social Work: a 21st century morality tale' no. 4.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2013,

'Forgotten connections: reviving the concept of upbringing in Scottish child welfare' Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 13-29.

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Clapton, G, Cree, VE & Smith, M 2013,

'Moral Panics, Claims-Making and Child Protection in the UK' British Journal of Social Work, vol 43, no. 4, pp. 803-812. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bct061

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Clapton, G, Cree, VE & Smith, M 2013,

'Moral Panics and Social Work: towards a sceptical view of UK child protection' Critical Social Policy, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 197-217. DOI:
10.1177/0261018312457860

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Fulcher, L & Doran, P 2013,

Residential Child Care in Practice: Making a Difference. Social Work in Practice, Policy Press, Bristol.

Research output: Book Anthology



Smith, M, Wilkinson, H & Gallagher, M 2013,

'‘It's What Gets Through People's Radars Isn't It’: relationships in social work practice and knowledge exchange' Contemporary Social Science, vol 8, no. 3, pp. 292-306. DOI:
10.1080/21582041.2012.751499

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2013,

'Supporting children’s upbringing: connecting across the generations' Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, vol 26, no. 4, pp. 16-22.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Gallagher, M, Wosu, H, Stewart, J, Cree, VE, Hunter, S, Evans, S, Montgomery, C, Holiday, S & Wilkinson, AH 2012,

'Engaging with Involuntary Service Users in Social Work: findings from a knowledge exchange project' British Journal of Social Work, vol 42, no. 8, pp. 1460-1477. DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcr162

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Wilkinson, H, Gallagher, M & Smith, M 2012,

'A Collaborative Approach to Defining the Usefulness of Impact: lessons from a knowledge exchange project involving academics and social work practitioners' Evidence & Policy, vol 8, no. 3, pp. 311-327. DOI:
10.1332/174426412X654040

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Gallagher, M, Smith, M, Hardy, M & Wilkinson, H 2012,

'Children and Families' Involvement in Social Work Decision Making' Children & Society, vol 26, no. 1, pp. 74-85. DOI:
10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00409.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2012,

'Social Pedagogy from a Scottish Perspective' International Journal of Social Pedagogy, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 46-55.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M, Cree, VE & Clapton, G 2012,

'Time to be Heard: the Scottish Government and the Construction of a Myth of Historical Sexual Abuse' Scottish Affairs, vol 78, no. Winter, pp. 1-24.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2011,

'Reading Bauman for Social Work' Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 2-17. DOI:
10.1080/17496535.2011.546175

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Clapton, G, Smith, M & Schinkel, M 2011,

Skilling Up: Educating & Training for Residential Child Care. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Gallagher, M, Smith, M, Wilkinson, H, Cree, VE, Wosu, H, Stewart, J & Hunter, S 2011,

'Engaging with families in child protection: lessons from practitioner research in Scotland' Child Welfare, vol 90, no. 4, pp. 117-134.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2010,

'Victim Narratives of Historical Abuse in Residential Child Care: Do we really know what we think we know?' Qualitative Social Work, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 303-320. DOI:
10.1177/1473325010367816

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2010,

Gender in Residential Child Care. in B Featherstone, C-A Hooper, J Scourfield & J Taylor (eds), Gender and Child Welfare in Society. John Wiley & Sons Inc., Chichester, pp. 247-273. DOI:
10.1002/9780470684771.ch40

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2010,

'A brief history of (residential child care) ethics' Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, vol 9/2, pp. 2-10.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2010,

Camphill Schools in the context of Scottish residential child care. in R Jackson (ed.), Focus on Camphill: new perspectives, research . Floris Books, Edinburgh, pp. 136-154.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2009,

Rethinking Residential Child Care: Positive Perspectives. Policy Press, Chicago.

Research output: Book Anthology



Smith, M 2009,

'Social work as social education' European Journal of Social Education, vol 16/17, pp. 229-239.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M 2008,

Educational Outcomes and Social Justice in Scottish Residential Care. in SA Moore & RC Mitchell (eds), Power, Pedagogy and Praxis. Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching, no. 1, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 219-233.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Smith, M 2008,

'Historical abuse in residential child care: an alternative view' Practice: Social Work in Action, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 29-41. DOI:
10.1080/09503150701872265

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Smith, M & Whyte, B 2008,

'Social Education and Social Pedagogy: reclaiming a Scottish tradition in social work' European Journal of Social Work, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 15-28. DOI:
10.1080/13691450701357174

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Petersen, RB, Siedlak, SL, Lee, H, Kim, Y-S, Nunomura, A, Tagliavini, F, Ghetti, B, Cras, P, Moreira, PI, Castellani, RJ, Guentchev, M, Budka, H, Ironside, JW, Gambetti, P, Smith, MA & Perry, G 2005,

'Redox metals and oxidative abnormalities in human prion diseases' Acta Neuropathologica, vol 110, no. 3, pp. 232-238. DOI:
10.1007/s00401-005-1034-4

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