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Katherine Smith received her doctorate from the University of Wales in 2009 and went onto a postdoc research fellowship in the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey. Following her research at Surrey, she began lecturing at the University of Manchester in 2010-11. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in the North of England - in North Manchester for her doctoral research, and Preston, Lancashire as part of her postdoc research. Her research interests include fairness and equality, social policy, class, Englishness, political correctness and humour. She is author ofFairness, Class and Belonging in Contemporary England (2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Extraordinary Encounters: The Ethnographic Interview and Authenticity ( in press, Berghahn).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Anthropology of Britain, fairness, class, belonging, policy, welfare, poverty, ethnographic fieldwork methods


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