T: 778-782-2011

Full CV and Bio

Richard Smith

Richard Smith's research focus is social inclusion (and exclusion) made possible by new media. He has a research interest in technology for education, privacy and surveillance in public spaces, online communities, and the wireless information society. Outside school, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, cycling, camping and canoeing.


  • 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



  • 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