Information Studies


Katharine Smales

Katharine Smales

I’m a PhD Candidate at UCL’s Centre for Publishing in the Department of Information Studies and Associate Lecturer on the Children’s Literature: Children’s Book Illustration MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research Summary

My PhD research explores how children aged four to eight-years-old and their families construct shared online/offline reading practices at home. I’m interested in how children and their families use digital technology to facilitate shared reading with others in increasingly networked home environments.

This qualitative study has an emphasis on digital ethnographic methods including innovative visual methods to surface the voice of the child as well as parents. I’m particularly interested in the ethical aspects of giving children sound information and gaining consent from children and parents to participate as co-researchers.

The primary question which focuses this research is:

Under what conditions are the online/offline shared reading practices of children aged four to eight-years old negotiated in their homes?


AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Research Studentship


Dr Samantha Rayner

Professor Annemaree Lloyd


I have guest lectured on the MA Publishing degrees at UCL, City and Bath Spa Universities.

Reaching Buyers and Readers of Children’s Books in the Digital Age, Publishing Masterclass, Kingston University, 4th December 2017.

The Stories We Tell Our Children... and what these stories tell us about ourselves. Herne Hill Literary Festival, 6th March 2019.