Peter Smith

Dr. Smith’s research interest is children’s social development, and he was Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmith’s from 1998 to 2011. He received his B.Sc at the University of Oxford and his PhD from the University of Sheffield; following his doctorate he continued at the University of Sheffield, obtaining a Personal Chair in 1991, before moving to Goldsmiths College in 1995. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Association of Psychological Sciences, and the Academy of Social Sciences. His most extensive research has been on bullying and violence in schools, where he has led a number of research projects. He was the Chair of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Cyberbullying Action (COST ACTION IS0801) from 2008-2012, and was PI of a project Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Pupil Safety and Wellbeing, financed by the Indian-European Research Networking in the Social sciences initiative (2012-2015). He is currently co-PI of a project Comparative study of cyberbullying in Qatar and the UK: risk factors, impact on health and solutions, financed by the Qatar National Research Fund (2013-2016). Publications include the edited collections (with Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Ken Rigby) Bullying in Schools: How Successful can Interventions be? (Cambridge University Press, 2004); (with Dr. Qing Li and Dr. Donna Cross) Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); (with Dr. Georges Steffgen) Cyberbullying through the New media: Findings from an International Network (Psychology Press, 2013) and (with Dr. Keumjoo Kwak and Dr. Yuichi Toda) School Bullying in Different Cultures: Eastern and Western Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is also author of Understanding School Bullying: Its Nature and Prevention Strategies (Sage, 2014), and Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2016). In 2015 he was awarded the William Thierry Preyer award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, by the European Society for Developmental Psychology.