Angèle Smith is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Affiliated Faculty Member of the graduate Gender Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her fieldwork, research, and teaching focus on the intersection of culture, identity and social relations of power with place, space and landscape. Specifically, she has published on citizenship, globalization, immigration, identity and belonging in Ireland and Canada.
Her primary research focuses on the experience of social and spatial marginalization. This work has been realized through a SSHRC funded research project (2006-10), in which she has undertaken a longitudinal research study of the process and experiences of Nigerian asylum seekers in Ireland, especially in relation to the conditions of their placement in accommodation centers by the Irish State.
As a co-investigator with the On the Move Partnership, Angèle looked at international and inter-provincial young adult tourism workers who are employed in Parks or Heritage Sites in Western Canada (from Banff, AB to Golden, BC) and the mobile lives of these workers as they negotiate their sense of identity in relation to their sense of this “destination” place.
Smith, A. and J. Staveley (2014) Toward an Ethnography of Mobile Tourist Industry Workers in Banff National Park. Anthropologica Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society. Vol.Vol. 56, No. 2, November 2014.
Smith, A. (2014) Neoliberal Landscapes of Migration in Ireland: The Space, Management and Experiences of Asylum Seekers, in Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture: Movements in Irish Landscapes. Edited by Diane Sabenacio Nititham-Tunney and Rebecca Boyd. 77-90. Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington.
Smith, A. (2013) Between, Betwixt and Belonging: Negotiating Identity and Place in Asylum Seeker Direct Provision Accommodation Centres, in Migrations: Ireland in a Global World. Edited by Allen White and Mary Gilmartin. 164-180. Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Smith, A. (2008) The Irish Citizenship Referendum (2004): Motherhood and Belonging in Ireland, in Immigration and Citizenship in Europe and the United States: Anthropological Perspectives. Edited by Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell. 60-77. Rutgers University Press.
Smith, A. and A. Gazin-Schwartz (editors) (2008) Landscapes of Clearance: Anthropological and Archaeological Perspectives. One World Series, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
Faculty page, University of Northern British Columbia
Social/Spatial Mapping of Asylum Seeker Centres in Ireland
Towards an Ethnography of Mobile Tourism Industry Workers in Banff National Park project website