Glenn Smith obtained his degree in Human Geography and Politics at the Liverpool John Moores University and his PhD in Health Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.
He then spent four and half years at the Department of Mental Health Sciences at University College London (UCL) conducting two oral history studies. The first study investigated the experiences of people who underwent and also administered aversion therapy and the second explored how naturists managed their sexuality when naturist. Glenns' current post at Imperial College London also uses oral history methods to understand how people from different ethnic backgrounds integrate the idea of organ donation into their lives alongside their cultural and religious beliefs.
Glenn was instrumental in starting up the first qualitative research group at Imperial College and is also a member of the social and cultural group of the government task force on organ donation.