Dr. Suzanne Smythe

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

  • Email: sksmythe@sfu.ca
  • Phone: 778-782-8882
  • Office: HC 104, Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver Campus

Coming November 2017
Smythe, S., Hill, C., MacDonald, M., Dagenais, D., Sinclair, N. & Toohey, K. Disrupting Boundaries in Education Research and Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of adult literacy and adult education and are concerned with policies and pedagogies of adult learning in community settings; this enfolds digital literacies and access to new technologies among low income adults, the literacy learning needs of adults who are newcomers to Canada, and the professional learning needs of adult educators in community settings.

I pursue these themes by drawing upon new materialism, ethnography, community-based research and policy network analyses, asking, "How might we envision new ways to teach, to learn, to carry out research when we work closely with communities, and when we contest disciplinary boundaries?"

I am also a Research Associate and member of the Research Advisory Committee at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives policyalternatives.ca in Vancouver, BC.

Research Highlights