Charlotte Smedley

Lecturer
Adjunct Lecturer

Charlotte Smedley is a Lecturer in Social Work and Social Research and Policy at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Her research interests are the role of the media in representations of people seeking asylum and refugees, statelessness and disability.

Charlotte's PhD examined the role of media, policy and allied health training in the construction of the identity of people with a disability using discourse analysis to conduct this tripartite research. The key argument of the thesis was that despite the importance of the social model of disability the apparent dominance of the medical model reduced the voices of people with a disability scaffolding them into dominant stereotypes  which were not reflective of their articulated identities. 

Research Areas

  • Representations of disability in media, government and health professional discourse
  • Accessibility of the NDIS to people from culturally and linguistically diverse background a research project with Advance Diversity Services
  • The development of public attitudes towards people seeking asylum and refuge
  • Media representations of statelessness in SE Asia a research project with SNAP Statelessness Network Asia Pacific
  • Concepts of modern slavery and the market place

Teaching areas
Social Research and Policy, Social Work

Current teaching

  • SOCW1001 Introduction to Social Work
  • SOCW3006 Socio-legal issues in social work
  • SOCW3011 Level 3 social work placement
  • SOCW4014 Level 4 social work placement
  • SRAP2002 Policy Case Studies
  • SRAP3002 Social Research Project
  • SRAP3006 SRAP Workplace

Memberships

 

Publications 

Curry, O., Smedley, C., & Lenette, C. D. (2017). What is ‘successful’ resettlement? Refugee narratives from regional New South Wales in Australia. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Laney, H., Lenette, C. D., Kellett, A., Smedley, C., & Karan, P. (2016). ‘The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world’: International media responses to Australia’s asylum seeker policy.. Refuge: Canada’s journal on refugees, 32(3), 135-149. Retrieved from http://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/40323

Cooper, S., Olejniczak, E., Lenette, C. D., & Smedley, C. (2016). Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australian press: A critical discourse analysis. Media International Australia, 1-12.

Reports

Bates, S., Smedley, C., Wong, M., Kayess, R., & Fisher, K. R. (2014). Arthritis and disability (SPRC Report 26/14). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia. Retrieved from https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_and_Disability_2014.pdf

Bates., Raven., Fisher, K. R., Kayess., Newton., Lutz., & Smedley, C. (2013). Services Our Way project plan: SPRC Report Series (20/2013). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW. Retrieved from https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Services_Our_Way_evaluation_plan_FINAL.pdf

Griffiths, A., Bates, S., Smedley, C., Fisher, K. R., & Kayess, R. (2014). My Choice Matters evaluation Interim report: SPRC Report (19/2014). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW. Retrieved from https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/My_Choice_Matters_evaluation__Interim_Report.pdf

Jones, A., Bates, S., Fisher, K. R., Kayess, R., & Smedley, C. (2013). Arthritis and disability: research plan: SPRC Report (8/2013). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre. Retrieved from https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_and_disability_research_plan_2013.pdf

Purcal, C., Fisher, K. R., Jones, A., Lutz, D., Meltzer, A., Hill, T., . . . Smedley, C. (2014). Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework Summary Report: Social Policy Research Centre Reports (31/2014). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre UNSW. Retrieved from http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0017/311246/Supported-Accommodation-Evaluation-Framework-Summary-Report.pdf

Purcal, C., Smedley, C., Jones, A., Meltzer, A., Lutz, D., Fisher, K. R., . . . Kayess, R. (2015). Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework (SAEF): Drop-in Support (SPRC Report 11/2015). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW. Retrieved from http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SAEF_Dropin_Support__Final.pdf

 

Publications

Conference Presentations
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Wehbe A; Smedley C; Senaratna T, 2018, 'Bridging the Gap: experiences of people from CALD communities and accessibility to the NDIS', presented at DiverseAbility: NDIS Inclusion Conference, Parramatta, Australia, 19 April 2018 - 19 April 2018
2018
Wehbe A; Smedley C; Senaratna T, 2017, '‘Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): views and experience of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities’', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2017,, UNSW, Sydney, 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017
2017
Journal articles
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Curry O; smedley C; Lenette CD, 2017, 'What is ‘successful’ resettlement? Refugee narratives from regional New South Wales in Australia', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 16, pp. 430 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2017.1358410
2017
Laney H; Lenette CD; Kellett A; Smedley C; Karan P, 2016, '‘The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world’: International media responses to Australia’s asylum seeker policy.', Refuge: Canada’s journal on refugees, vol. 32, pp. 135 - 149, http://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/40323
2016
Cooper S; Olejniczak E; Lenette CD; Smedley C, 2016, 'Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australian press: A critical discourse analysis.', Media International Australia, pp. 1 - 12
2016
Reports
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Senaratna, T; Wehbe A; Smedley C, 2018, Accessing and participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): Views and experiences of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities, https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Q21sAfBae6tgDWNhbxGEF6OillMTqvA/view
2018
Purcal C; Smedley C; Jones A; Meltzer A; Lutz D; Fisher KR; Robinson S; Hill T; Kayess R, 2015, Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework (SAEF): Drop-in Support, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 11/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SAEF_Dropin_Support__Final.pdf
2015
Purcal C; Fisher KR; Jones A; Lutz D; Meltzer A; Hill T; Robinson S; Kayess R; Smedley C, 2014, Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework Summary Report, Social Policy Research Centre UNSW, Sydney, Social Policy Research Centre Reports, 31/2014, http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0017/311246/Supported-Accommodation-Evaluation-Framework-Summary-Report.pdf
2014
Griffiths A; Bates S; Smedley C; Fisher KR; Kayess R, 2014, My Choice Matters evaluation Interim report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, 19/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/My_Choice_Matters_evaluation__Interim_Report.pdf
2014
Bates S; Smedley C; Wong M; Kayess R; Fisher KR, 2014, Arthritis and disability, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 26/14, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_and_Disability_2014.pdf
2014
Bates ; Raven ; Fisher KR; Kayess ; Newton ; Lutz ; Smedley C, 2013, Services Our Way project plan, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 20/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Services_Our_Way_evaluation_plan_FINAL.pdf
2013
Jones A; Bates S; Fisher KR; Kayess R; Smedley C, 2013, Arthritis and disability: research plan, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 8/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_research_plan_June_2013.pdf, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_and_disability_research_plan_2013.pdf
2013