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Smith, Louisa Dr.

Research Fellow

Overview


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.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2018 Complexity Embodied: Using Body Mapping to Understand Complex Support Needs
    Published in   Forum: Qualitative Social Research
    2019 Times during transition for young people with complex support needs: entangled critical moments, static liminal periods and contingent meaning making times
    Published in   Journal of Youth Studies

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Disability studies
    Youth studies
    Complexity approaches
    Qualitative research - in particular life history methods and arts based methods

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Co-designing and Testing a Talking Mats Intervention to Enhanced Shared Decision Making in Home Care with People wtih Dementia Blacklaw, Emma

Full Name


  • Dr Louisa Smith

Mailing Address


  • Level 1, Building 234, iC Enterprise 1

    Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2018 Complexity Embodied: Using Body Mapping to Understand Complex Support Needs
    Published in   Forum: Qualitative Social Research
    2019 Times during transition for young people with complex support needs: entangled critical moments, static liminal periods and contingent meaning making times
    Published in   Journal of Youth Studies

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Disability studies
    Youth studies
    Complexity approaches
    Qualitative research - in particular life history methods and arts based methods

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Co-designing and Testing a Talking Mats Intervention to Enhanced Shared Decision Making in Home Care with People wtih Dementia Blacklaw, Emma

Full Name


  • Dr Louisa Smith

Mailing Address


  • Level 1, Building 234, iC Enterprise 1

    Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia