Ciara Smyth

Research Fellow

Dr Ciara Smyth is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, at UNSW Sydney. She has over 15 years’ applied policy and evaluation research experience, including project management, mixed method data collection, analysis and synthesis. She has particular interest in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services.


Conference Papers
Smyth C; Cass B, 2007, 'The costs of care/the benefits of care: a precarious balance? Considering the case of young carers', University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 July 2007 - 13 July 2007
Journal articles
valentine K; Smyth C; Newland J, 2019, '‘Good enough’ parenting: Negotiating standards and stigma', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 68, pp. 117 - 123,
Smyth CA, 2017, 'Maximising advantage in the preschool years: Parents’ resources and strategies', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 42, pp. 65 - 72,
Smyth C, 2016, 'Getting Ahead in the Preschool Years: An Analysis of a Preschool Enrichment and Entertainment Market', Sociology, vol. 50, pp. 731 - 747,
Smyth C; Craig L, 2015, 'Conforming to intensive parenting ideals: willingness, reluctance and social context', Families, Relationships and Societies, vol. 6, pp. 107 - 124,
Smyth C, 2014, 'Boost your preschooler's brain power! An analysis of advice to parents from an Australian government-funded website', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 45, pp. 10 - 18,
Craig L; Powell A; Smyth C, 2014, 'Towards intensive parenting? Changes in the composition and determinants of mothers and fathers' time with children 1992-2006', British Journal of Sociology, vol. 65, pp. 555 - 579,
Smyth C; Michail S, 2010, 'Exploring Young Carers’ Agency', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 10, pp. 36 - 50,
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2008, Out of home care for children in Australia: a review of literature and policy, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, Report 3/08,
Smyth C; Eardley , 2008, Out of home care for children in Australia: a review of literature and policy (final report), 3/2008
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2007, Out of Home Care for Children in Australia: A Review of Literature and Policy, Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, September 2006
Smyth C; Rawsthorne M; Siminski P, 2005, Women’s Lifework, Final Report, for the Commonwealth, States, Territories and New Zealand Ministers Conference on the Status for Women (MINCO)
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2005, Retirees’ Use of Superannuation Payments, Final Report for the Department of Family and Community Services, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, July 2005