mark k smith


I edit infed – a web resource used by more than a million people each year – and develop programmes, learning resources and virtual environments with Developing Learning Ltd.

Previously, I was the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at the YMCA George Williams College (which is linked to Coventry University) and a visiting professor in community education at the University of Strathclyde. Among my books are Creators not Consumers (1980, 1982), Organise! (1981), Developing Youth Work (1988), Local Education (1994), Informal Education (1996, 1999, 2005, 2020 with Tony Jeffs), The Art of Helping Others (2008, with Heather Smith), Youth Work Practice (2010, edited with Tony Jeffs), Journeying Together (2011, edited with Alan Rogers) and Youth Work and Faith (2015, edited with Naomi Stanton and Tom Wylie).

Educated at the Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead and the University of Lancaster, I went on to do a doctorate at the University of London and have worked in careers advice, youth and community work, projects and in higher education. Alongside this, I have chaired a tenants cooperative running two tower blocks in Bermondsey, been a foundation governor for a secondary school and, recently, a Resident Friend at Westminster Quaker Meeting House.

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Mark K Smith

Picture: Richard Hills