Professor Anne Smith’s programme of public lectures as the NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor for 2013 announced

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Emeritus Professor Anne Smith from the University of Otago’s College of Education holds the NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London for 2013.

Professor Smith is a highly respected specialist in childhood studies and children’s rights. She has been involved in research, advocacy, and policy-making on childhood issues in New Zealand for almost 40 years. Professor Smith will be based at SAS between April and June 2013. She will give a public lecture series during her time in the UK – at the Institute of Education, King’s College London, the Foundling Museum and SAS –  on children’s rights with special emphasis on the links between research on children‘s issues and government policy.

Professor Anne Smith has worked as an academic at the University of Otago, first in the Education Department and later as Director of the Children’s Issues Centre, and has been called on for advice by various governments, departments and ministries in her career. Her recent research has focused on improving the quality of early childhood education, children’s participation as citizens, and the prevention of violence against children. She has participated in a range of advisory groups, working parties and committees. Her career has been devoted to making New Zealand a better place for families and their children, and to advancing children’s well-being, rights in early childhood education, the family, schools, and in social welfare and legal systems.

NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship programme of public lectures, May-June 2013:

14 May 2013, 17:00 (arrive 16:30)
Research into policy and practice 1: Early childhood education
Institute of Education, Drama Studio, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Supported by Barnardo’s

29 May 2013, 18:00 (arrive 17:30)
Research into policy and practice 2: Changing the law on physical punishment
King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, Henriette Raphael Function Room, London SW1 1UL

5 June 2013, 18:00 (arrive 17:45)
Research into policy and practice 3: Child protection
Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

19 June 2013, 18:00 (arrive 17:30)
What kind of theory and research is relevant to the well-being and rights of children?
School of Advanced Study, University of London, Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Entry is free and all are welcome. For registration information, please visit

NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship programme of public lectures April-June 2013 flyer [PDF]

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Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Liza Fletcher at the NZ-UK Link Foundation by email at or by telephone at 07941 000 541.

2. The NZ-UK Link Foundation is a registered charity whose primary objective is to make “an ongoing substantial contribution to the intellectual, educational, vocational and academic underpinning of the bilateral relationship in a changing world”

3. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together 10 research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. 

4. Each year the School welcomes around 170 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. In addition to visiting fellowship programmes, the School offers professorial, honorary and senior research fellowships. Through the hosting of these fellowships, the School fulfils its overall aims of enriching the research infrastructure of its national and international subject communities and other stakeholders.