- Professor James Smith
- Professor of African and Development Studies: Assistant Principal, Global Development Academy
- African StudiesSchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
- 58 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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1995 MA (Hons) Geography and Environmental Science (University of Dundee)
1998 MSc Geography and Development (University of the Witwatersrand)
2001 PhD Environment and Development (University of the Witwatersrand)
I held a tutorship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, worked with Oxfam Southern Africa for a while, and held a research fellowship in the ESRC Innogen Centre at Edinburgh University before moving to the Centre of African Studies, initially as a Lecturer, in 2005. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and appointed Co-director of the Centre of African Studies in 2008. In 2010 I was promoted to a personal chair in African and Development Studies and am Assistant Principal of the new Global Development Academy at Edinburgh. I am also Director of Developing Country Research in the ESRC Innogen Centre and hold Senior Visiting Fellowships at the Development Policy and Practice at the Open University and the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
I have been an advisor on DfID's Research Into Use programme and am currently a senior advisor to the ESRC-DfID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development and a trustee at the international NGO, Practical Action. I have experience working with donors, development agencies and NGOs including DfID, IDRC, CIDA, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam and the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
I have held visiting positions at universities in Africa and Europe. I am a member of the Africa Panel of the British Academy. I am a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy and am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I am involved in the University's new Academy of Government, contributing to teaching on international development.