Dr. Suzanne Smythe

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

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

Research Interests

I am a researcher and practitioner in adult literacy and adult education. My current research program is concerned with digital literacies, digital justice and equitable access to new technologies. I am interested in the digital democracy, 'automated inequalities' (Eubanks, 2017) and how the new literacies of the digital are transforming pedagogies and 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 and methodological boundaries?"

Graduate Programs

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.

Recently published

Smythe, S. (2018). Adult Learning in the Control Society: Digital Era Governance, Literacies of Control, and the Work of Adult Educators. Adult Education Quarterly, 68(3), 197 - 214. 

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 Highlights