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Janice Smith

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Building: George Eliot

Room: GE337

Contact: +44 (0) 24 7688 8213


Office Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm and Fridays 11-12pm

Area of Interest:

Janice is the module leader for the Student Placement Module and is also teaching on Researching Social Life. Her ethnographic research focused on the working-life experiences of professional women. Her main research interests include biographical and narrative research methods and its relationship with identities of gender, ‘race’ and class in the work place.



Janice Smith has been teaching Sociology at Coventry University for over ten years. She has also taught at the University of Leicester and the University of East London (UEL). During this time she has taught on a range of modules including, Introductory Sociology, Global Inequality and Development and Add+vantage modules. At the University of Leicester she taught Micro Sociology (Social Psychology) and Research Methods. Formerly a career guidance practitioner, she also taught trainee guidance practitioners at UEL.

Outside of work, Janice is a fan of athletics and tennis; she enjoys jogging, weight training, hiking and growing food. 


  • 2008 Ph.D. in Continuing Education, University of Warwick: ‘The working-lives of professional women in the careers guidance sector 1991 practitioners’
  • 1995  MA. in Continuing Education, University of Warwick
  • 1991  Diploma in careers Guidance (DCG) Trent Polytechnic


  • 285 ISS Researching Social Life; 390 ISS dissertation supervision; 392 ISS placement
  • Other duties: Departmental Ethics referrer


Selected Outputs:
  • Smith, J.L. (2011) Emotional labour and careers guidance practice. Phoenix. Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service. Issue 132, January. p.34.
  • Chapter (under review) How do career guidance practitioners talk about their social identities? in H. Reid and L. West (eds)  Constructing narratives of continuity and change.


  • 12/5/12 Constructing Narratives of Continuity and Change: Canterbury, Christchurch University. How do career guidance practitioners talk about their social identities?
  • 5/7/12  Ethnicity Matters. University of East London. What can we learn from black female leaders?
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