Robyn Smith joined Brunel in April 2019 as a Doctoral Researcher in the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (CHMLS), after being awarded fully-funded scholarships to study for her BA (Western University) and MSc (University of Toronto) in Canada. Robyn's doctoral research is funded by the CHMLS Bursary and supervised by Prof. Louise Mansfield and Dr. Emma Wainwright. Her research utilizes participatory approaches to explore how community sport and leisure programmes may contribute to the wellbeing of refugee and asylum-seeking youth in London. Robyn's research interests include: participatory and co-production based approaches; youth sport for development; and refugee and migrant wellbeing.
Robyn is a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the division of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, a Cumberland Lodge Fellow (2020-22) and youth worker, who is passionate about working in partnership with communities to co-produce impacful research. She is interested in supporting organizations, practitioners, and early career researchers to develop their skills and knowledge around utilizing participatory approaches and has organized numerous webinars, panels, and forums around this area.