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Full CV and Bio

Richard Smith

Technology & social inclusion; public surveillance; games/online communities; the wireless information society.  


  • 1994 Ph.D. Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
    Dissertation: Innovation in Telecommunication Services
  • 1986 M.A. Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
    Thesis: Federal Government Advertising in Canada
  • 1981 B.A. Mass Communication, Carleton University, Canada.

Currently Teaching


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  • Flew, T. and Smith, R. 2014. New Media: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Toronto.
  • Flew, T. and Smith, R. 2011. New Media: An Introduction. Oxford University Press, Toronto.
  • Gow, G. A., & Smith, R. (2006). Mobile and Wireless Communications: An Introduction. London: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.
  • Lewis, B., C. Massey, and R. Smith. (2001) A Tower Under Siege: Education and Technology Policy in Canada, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Balka, E., Smith, R. (2000) Women, Work and Computerization: Charting a Course to the Future. Kluwer, Norwell, MA.

Book Chapters

  • Richard Smith, Paulina Chow-White, Graeme Webb, Renee Cheung, Karen Fung, and J. Patrick Truman, “The Missing Link: Immigrant Integration, Innovation, and Skills Underutilization in Vancouver,” in Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City Regions, Neil Bradford and Allison Bramwell, Editors. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2014, pp. 248-272.
  • Smith, R. (2012). “The promise and problem of mobility: Power, agency, and cell phones,” in J. Greenberg and C. Elliott, Communication in Question: Competing perspectives on controversial issues in communication studies. 2nd Edition. Nelson. Toronto.
  • Jennifer Cordeiro, Helen Novak Lauscher, Celine Cressman,Smith, Ari Goelman, and Kendall Ho, “Harnessing Innovation to Support Medical Residents in Education and Practice: An Exploration of NeedPreference,” in Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation for eHealthand Practice, Ho, K.; Jarvis-Selinger, S.; Lauscher, H.N.; Cordeiro, J.; Scott, R. (Eds.) 2012, 2012, XIV, 440 p. 89 illus., 43 in color.
  • Smith, R. and K. Warfield (2008). The Creative City: a matter of values. Creative cities, cultural clusters and local development. P. Cooke and L. Lazzeretti. London, Edward Elgar: 287-312.
  • Chee, F. and Smith, R. (2007). Online gamers and the ambiguity of community: Korean definitions of togetherness for a new generation. In M. Consalvo & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), Internet Researcher Annual, Volume 4. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Smith, Richard. (2006). New media industry in Vancouver. Proceedings of the “Colloque De L’Association d’Économie Politique (AÉP): La Compétitivité Urbaine À L’ère De La Nouvelle Économie : Enjeux Et Défis, Montréal, QU – November 5, 2005.
  • Smith, R. (2007). Cell in the city: Is cellular phone use eroding the distinction between publicprivate space? In J. Greenberg and C. Elliott
    (Eds.), Communications in question: Canadian perspectives on controversial issues in communication studies. Toronto: Thomson-Nelson.
  • Chee, F., Vieta, M., & Smith, R. (2005). Online gaming and the interactional self: Identity interplay in situated practice. In J. P. Williams, S. Q. Hendricks & W. K. Winkler (Eds.), Gaming as culture: Social reality, identity and experience in role-playing, collectible, and computer games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.
  • Chee, F., & Smith, R. (2005). Is electronic community an addictive substance? An ethnographic offering from the everquest community. In S. Schaffer & M. Price (Eds.), Interactive convergence in multimedia – probing the boundaries (Vol. 10): The Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Smith, R. (2004). ‘A Model for the Study of Clustering: A Case Study from New Media Firms in Vancouver. In L. Morel-Guimaraes (Ed.), Key Success Factors for Innovation and Sustainable Development. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Smith, R., McCarthy, J., & Petrusevich, M. (2004). Cluster or Whirlwind? The New Media Industry in Vancouver. In D. Wolfe & M. Lucas (Eds.), Clusters in a Cold Climate: Innovation Dynamics in a Diverse Economy (pp. 195-221). Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press and School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.
  • Lorimer, R., & Smith, R. (2004). Mass Media and Technology. In L. Tepperman & J. Curtis (Eds.), Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Bryant, S., & Smith, R. (2001). Computers and the Internet. In P. Attallah & L. R. Shade (Eds.), Communication in Canada. Toronto: Nelson.
  • Smith, R. (2002). Techmaps: a tool for understanding social capital for technological innovation at a regional level. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada: From Family Businesses to Multinationals. J. J. Chrisman, J. A. D. Holbrook and J. H. Chua. Calgary, University of Calgary Press.
  • Lewis, B., R. Smith, and C. Massey, Policy processes for technological change, in Case studies on information technology in higher education, L.A. Petrides, Editor. 2000, IDEA Group Publishing: Hershey, PA.
  • Davis, Charles. H. and R. K. Smith, (1995) “Management of Technology and Technological Change in Canada” in Minden, K. and Wong Poh-Kam eds., Developing Technology Managers: Comparative Pacific Rim Strategies, M.E. Sharpe, Chicago.
  • Leiss, William. L., R. K. Smith, (1990) “Industrial Policy and Management of Technology,” in L. Salter and David Wolfe, eds., Management of Technology: Social Science Perspectives, Garamond Press, Toronto. (French edition, 1993). pp. 119-136.

Journal Articles

  • Richard Smith and Patrick Pennefather, “Managing Innovation at the Centre for Digital Media,” Journal of Innovation Economics and Management, Vol 13, No 1, 2014, pp. 151-161.
  • Smith, R. So what? Why study mobile media and communication?Media & Communication January 2013 1: 38-41.
  • Mauricio Camargo, Raphael Bary, Nathalie Skiba, Vincent Boly, and Richard Smith. 2012. Studying the implications and impact of smartphones on self-directed learning under a Living Lab approach. International Journal of Product Development. Vol. 17, Nos. 1-2, pp. 119-138.
  • McMahon, R. , O’Donnell, S. , Smith, R. , Walmark, B. , Beaton, B. , Simmonds, J. (2011). Digital Divides and the ‘First Mile’: Framing First Nations Broadband Development in Canada. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 2(2) . Retrieved from:
  • Chow-White, Peter A., Chee, Florence and Smith, Richard K., Data Mining User Generated Content: Transforming Play and Leisure in Online Social Gaming into Business Analytics (September 12, 2011). Available at SSRN:
  • Felczak, M., Smith, R., Glass, G., Communicating with (Some) Canadians: Communication Rights and Government Online in Canada, Canadian Journal of Communication 34(1), 2009.
  • Britton, John N. H., Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle & Smith, Richard (2009). Contrasts in Clustering: The Example of Canadian New Media. European Planning Studies, 17 (2), 211-234. Retrieved January 28, 2009, from
  • B Crow, K Sawchuk, R Smith, Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices,Journal of Communication, Vol 33 (2008) 351-356.
  • Michael Felczak, Rowland Lorimer, Richard Smith (2007) From production to publishing at CJC online: Experiences, insights, and considerations for adoption, First Monday, Volume 12 Number 10 – 1 October 2007
  • Smith, R. (2004). Online scholarly publishing in canada: Technology and systems for the humanities and social sciences. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29(3/4).
  • Lewis, B., Jenson, J., & Smith, R. (2003). The Global and the Local:  Policy and Policy Processes for Education. International Electronic Journal For Leadership in Learning, 7(10), n.a.
  • Smith, R. (2003). Scenarios “lite” – lessons from the field. Journal of Futures Studies, 7(4), 37-44.
  • Maria Bakardjieva and Richard Smith (2002). The work of education in an age of electronic interaction. SIMILI. November.
  • Jenson, J., Lewis, B., & Smith, R. (2002). No One Way: Working Models for Teachers’ Professional Development. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 10(4), 481-496.
  • Lorimer, R., Smith, R., & Wolstenholme, P. (2000). Fogo Island Goes Digital:  Taking a Scholarly Journal On-line, the Case of Canadian Journal of Communication, 25(3), 1-19.
  • Maria Bakardjieva and Richard Smith (2000) The Internet in Everyday Life: Computer Networking from the Standpoint of the Domestic User, New Media & Society, V3 N 1. pp. 67-84
  • Smith, R. and M. Ahmed (2000). “Dance with your collaborators.” Research*Technology Management. September-October.
  • Smith, R. K., Takanashi, A. and Ahmed, M.U. (1999) “International collaboration for technological change in the 21st century”, Int. J. Technology Management, Vol. 18, No. 3/4, pp. 285-292.
  • Brian Lewis, Richard Smith and Christine Massey, “Mirroring the Networked Society” Government Policy, Higher Education, and Telelearning Technology in Canada. (1999). Canadian Journal of Communication. V 24 N (319-336).
  • Rowland Lorimer and Richard Smith, (1999) “Electronic Publishing:  Canadian Journal of Communication Initiative,” LOC CIT, Vol. 7, No. 1. (April) (Electronic publication, no page number).
  • Rowland Lorimer, Richard Smith and Paul Wolstenholme, (1999) Web Server Statistics for the Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol 24, No. 2, pp. 1-4.
  • Borwein, Jonathan and Richard Smith. (1997) Electronic Scholarly Publishing: Two views from the trenches. Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 22, No. 3/4, pp. 135-152.
  • Chen Jin and, Geng Xuesong and Richard Smith, (1997) “Technical Innovation Audit: Framework and Sino-Canada Comparison,” Science Research Management, Vol 6, pp. 21-28.
  • Smith, Richard K. (1995) “Emerging tools for team collaboration: desktop videoconferencing experience and insight,” FID News Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 4. pp. 121-127.

Book Reviews

  • Richard Smith. Book Review. The Social Life of Information, by J.S. Brown and P. Duguid. Harvard University Business School Press, 2000.Knowledge, Technology, and Policy. Vol 15, # 4, Winter 2003
  • Richard Smith  (1998) Book Review. Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change, Joe Tidd, John Bessant, and Keith Pavitt. John Wiley & Sons, New York , 1997. Journal of Engineering Technology Management, Vol 15, 111-112.


  • Smith, R. Mobile Museums. A report for Canadian Heritage Information Network. Available online at
  • Brian Lewis, Richard Smith, Christine Massey, Rory McGreal, Julia Innes. (1998) “Technology Mediated Learning: Current Initiatives and Implications for Higher Learning,” prepared for the Council of Ministers of Education (Canada), Toronto.
  • Rowland Lorimer, Jim MacInnes, and Richard Smith, (1996) Monograph Titles in Canada, 1974-1993: The Titles Analysis Project: Phase 2. Final Report. Centre for Studies in Publishing.
  • Smith, Richard, R. DeWit, C. Massey, J. Bachher, (1995) Financing Innovation: A Review of the Issues. Science Council of British Columbia.
  • Minden, Karen, M. Sickmeier, R. Smith, W. Poh-kam, R. Hoemson, T. Rawa, (1994) “Managing Collaborative R&D in the Pacific Rim,” Canada-ASEAN Policy Paper, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Richard Smith (1994) Collaborative research and development in Canada: An overview of the policy issues. Report prepared for the Asia Pacific Foundation, Research Branch. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Richard Smith, Karen Minden, Marie Sickmeier, (1994) Managing Collaborative R&D in the Pacific Rim, Workshop Report. Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Vancouver.
  • Smith, Richard K., (1992) Telecommunications Training in North America. Background paper for the Advanced Telecommunications Institute working group, SFU/BCTel. Burnaby, Canada.
  • Richard Smith (1990) Technology Transfer at B.C.’s Three Universities: A Comparative Overview. John Mele & Associates. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Other
  • Smith, R. (2012). Broadband access equals better connections, Canadian Nurse. V108 N1, p. 44
  • Camargo, M., Bary, R., Boly, V., Rees, M., Smith, R.the implications and impact of smartphones on learning dynamics: The role of self-directed learning
    (2011) 2011 17th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, ICE 2011 – Conference Proceedings, art. no. 6041267, . ://
  • Curated public presentation at the InterUrban Gallery, “Surveilling Public Space: Perspectives on Spectacle,” November 18-21, 2009.
  • Maria Bakardjieva and Richard Smith, “Making Room for the Internet”, IFIP WG9.1 Seventh International Conference on Women, Work and Computerization. June 8-11, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  • Technology & social inclusion
  • Public surveillance
  • The wireless information society
  • Seniors and the internet