Dr. Suzanne Smythe

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

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

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

Research Interests

I am a researcher and practitioner in adult literacy and adult education. My current investigations are in digital literacies and access to new technologies among newcomer women and low income and homeless adults, with a focus on digital democracy, 'automated inequalities' (Eubanks, 2017) and approaches to participatory and speculative technology design. I am also interested in how the new literacies of the digital are transforming the work of adult educators in community settings.

I explore these themes and problems with new materiality, speculative inquiry, ethnography, community-based research and policy network analyses, asking, "How might we envision new ways to teach, to learn and to carry out research when we work closely with communities, and when we disrupt disciplinary boundaries?"

Community Engagement

I am a Research Associate and member of the Research Advisory Committee with the BC Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a board member of Collège Éducacentre, and a member of the Downtown Eastside Literacy Roundtable and the Burnaby Now Literacy Roundtable. I am the Faculty of Education liaison for a Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) in digital literacies at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House (funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education). 

New Materiality Seminar Spring 2018!

Drs. Iris van der Tuin, Deborah Youdell, Martin Lindley , Elizabeth de Freitas and Lisa Mazzei were guest speakers in our Spring series. Find videos of their lectures here.

Research Highlights

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