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Professor James Smith Appointed as Vice-Principal International

Congratulations to Professor James Smith who has been appointed as Vice-Principal International, with responsibility for shaping and leading the University's international engagement strategy.

James has served as Assistant Principal Global Development since 2011 and was instrumental in the 2010 launch of the University’s Global Development Academy. He is Co-Director of the Centre of African Studies within the School of Social and Political Science and also holds a Personal Chair in African and Development Studies. 
"Much of what I have learnt to be good practice around collaboration, the relationship between teaching and research, and good external engagement comes from my time in SPS so I hope that the School will continue to play a central role in not only advancing our international agendas but also thinking critically about the implications of our aspirations and activities."
James has played a key role in launching a cluster of Edinburgh degree programmes that focus on aspects of international development. He also contributes to the delivery of international student work experience programmes, interdisciplinary doctoral training initiatives and the mentorship of early career colleagues.

He has collaborated with international organisations including Oxfam, the UK Department for International Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

James Smith