Dr. Louisa Smith is a Research Fellow at School of Social Sciences. Louisa’s research interests centre on the relationship between experiences of disability across the life course, complexity, social policy and social change. Her research works across the disciplines of sociology, disability studies and policy studies. Louisa leads the Care Connections stream of the Connections for life with Dementia, Global Challenge Keystone project. Louisa uses creative and arts based methods to engage people with complex support needs, disabilities and dementia, and those who provide care.
Prior to arriving at AHSRI in 2018, Louisa worked at UNSW, Sydney as a Lecturer and Education and Training Lead at the Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program. In 2015 Louisa (and other chief investigators from UNSW, La Trobe, Monash and QUT) was awarded an ARC Linkage, Lost in Transition: Improving the lives of young people with complex support needs. Louisa’s innovative inclusive teaching has been recognised with a citation from the Australian Association of University Teaching (2017) and a UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Education (2016). Louisa approaches all research and teaching as means of fostering social inclusion and belonging, through co-production, arts based methods and knowledge translation at all stages of the process.