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Sociology: People


Fiona Smyth

Fiona Smyth
Fiona Smyth
Edinburgh UK

Research interests:

Travel and identity; the narrative construction of identities; women travellers; performativity of travel practices; travel writing, particularly diaries and letters, and travel photography. Children’s reading; higher education, skills and assessment.


Prof. Liz Stanley


AHRC fees award

University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science Studentship 


PhD Sociology 2009, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

MPhil/MA (Res) 2001, School of Communications, Dublin City University

BA (Hons) 1998, School of Communications, Dublin City University

Previous research:

Research Assistant 2003-2005 National Centre for Research in Children's Literature

Research Assistant 1999 Family Pathways Project, Harvard University/Cambridge Hospital


A Survey of Young People's Reading: Teenage Opinions. (2009). The Journal of Reading, Writing & Literacy. 3: 21-39. ISSN: 1743-0534 (with Sophie Mackay and Sally Maynard ).

A Survey of Young People’s Reading in England: Borrowing and Choosing Books. (2008). Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 40: 239-253. DOI: 10.1177/0961000608096714 (with Sophie Mackay and Sally Maynard).

A survey of young people's reading: thinking about fiction. (2008). New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 14: 45-66. ISSN: 1740-7885 (with Sally Maynard and Sophie Mackay).

Constructing place, directing practice? Using travel guidebooks. (2008). Edinburgh Working Papers in Sociology, 28. ISBN: 1900522233

Young People’s Reading in 2005: The Second Study of Young People’s Reading Habits. (2007). London: Roehampton University. ISBN 978-1-906102-01-2 (with Sally Maynard et al.)

Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories of a City. (2007). Journeys, 8: 1-2. ISSN 1465-2609.

Negotiating Social Constraint: Power and Agency in Women’s Travel Narratives. Manuscript in preparation.