Robyn Smith is a doctoral researcher at Brunel University London. Prior to her PhD, Robyn was awarded scholarships to study for her BA (Western University) and MSc (University of Toronto) in Canada.
Robyn’s doctoral research uses 'co-production' approaches to explore the wellbeing of young refugees and asylum-seekers in London and to investigate how community sport, art and social action programmes might affect their wellbeing. Her research is funded by a College of Health and Life Sciences Bursary, and as part of this scholarship, Robyn also has teaching responsibilities at Brunel.
Robyn has over four years’ experience of working in collaboration with refugee, asylum seeking and migrant youth, in overlapping roles as a community researcher, youth practitioner and activist. During this time, she has worked with young people to co-produce a podcast series, to design/implement youth wellbeing programmes, and to develop recommendations for policy and practice.
Robyn is also passionate about promoting impactful research approaches amongst the postgraduate community, by delivering forums and workshops.