Profile

Linda Smith
Title: Dr
First Name: Linda
Surname: Smith
Position: Lecturer in Social Work
Telephone: 01224 263201
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4686-0906

Professional Background

Linda joined RGU in April 2015 after working at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, for 15 years where she was a senior lecturer and co-ordinator of the Social Work IV programme. Previously, after qualifying as a social worker she worked as a community social worker with disadvantaged rural communities, as a social worker for FAMSA (Family and Marriage Society) and as a manager in the SA Council for Child Welfare. Her commitment to critical and radical social work developed from within the context of the oppressive South African Apartheid system. She has participated in structures and processes of South African Social Work Education, Policy Development, Student Wellbeing, Research Ethics and Transformation. She was active in ASASWEI (Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions), in the trade union movement and is a member of SWAN (Social Work Action Network).

Academic Background

BA (SW); BA (Hons) Psychology; MSc (Social Work); PhD

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Structural inequality, oppression, racism
  • Radical and critical social work
  • Social justice and social change
  • Community work and critical pedagogy
  • Ideology, knowledge and discourse
  • Transformation
  • Attachment and intergenerational transmission of loss and trauma

Recent Publications

Harms Smith, L. (2015). ‘Blaming-the-poor’: Strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies. International Social Work. (In Press)

Harms Smith, L. (2015). What should Social Work learn from “The fire that burns in the heart of society”. Critical and Radical Social Work, 3(1): 19-34

Harms Smith, L. (2013). Amandla Ngawethu: The power is ours! In: Hassle, Sven (2013) (Ed), Social Work Social development: Volume III Global Social Transformation and Social Action: The Role of Social Workers. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishers (In Press)

Harms Smith, L. and Nathane-Taulela, M. (2013). Art towards critical conscientization and social change during social work and human rights education, in the South African post-apartheid and post-colonial context. In: Sinding, S. And Barnes, H. (2013). Social work, beyond borders, Social work artfully. Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. (In press)

Smith, L. And Alexander, P. (2013). Marikana: Explosive anger. Critical and Radical Social Work Journal. 1(1), 135-136

Ferguson, I. and Smith, L. (2012) Education for change: Student placements in campaigning organizations and social movements in South Africa. British Journal of Social Work. 42 (5), 974–994 (ISI Journal)

Harms Smith, L. (2012). Working with policy and politics: Commentary 2. In: Banks, Sarah and Nohr, Kirsten (Eds). (2012). Practising social work ethics around the world: Cases and commentaries. Abingdon, Britain: Routledge.

Harms Smith, L. (2010). Pursuing a vision for social justice: ethical dilemmas and critical imperatives in the South African context. In: Rommelspacher, Birgit; Staub- Bernasconi, Silvia; & Zavirsek, Darja (Eds).(In print). Ethical dilemmas in social work. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Smith, L. (2008). South African social work education: critical imperatives for social change in the post- apartheid and post-colonial context. International Social Work, 51 (3), 371-383