Professor Anne B. Smith was Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago College of Education and formerly the Director of the Children’s Issues Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre at the university. She wrote and carried out research about children for many years. Although originally trained as an educational psychologist, Anne’s research in her later years was framed within sociology of childhood, children’s rights, and socio-ecological theoretical perspectives. It emphasised children as social actors, interpreters and participants in the events and experiences of their lives.
Anne Smith wrote in the field of Childhood Studies to highlight the undervaluing of children in modern societies. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Oulu Finland in 1998, and became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006.
Anne Smith passed away in 2016. See below for tributes to her life and works: