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Professor James Smith

UoE Vice Principal International; Professor of African and Development Studies; Innogen Adviser

+44 (0)131 650 4315

International Strategy & Partnerships
University of Edinburgh, International Office
33 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9JS

James has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Science (University of Dundee, 1995), a Masters degree in Geography and Development (University of the Witwatersrand, 1998) and a PhD in Environment and Development (University of the Witwatersrand, 2001).

After his PhD, James held a tutorship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand and worked with Oxfam Southern Africa. He then held a research fellowship in the ESRC Innogen Centre at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the Centre of African Studies, initially as a Lecturer, in 2005. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and appointed Co-director of the Centre of African Studies in 2008.

In 2010 James was appointed Director of the new Global Development Academy at Edinburgh and appointed to a personal chair in African and Development Studies. He is also director of Developing Country Research in the ESRC Innogen Centre and holds a Senior Visiting Fellowship in Development Policy and Practice at the Open University.

James is an advisor on DfID's Research Into Use programme and has 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.

James contributes to several courses in the MSc in Africa and International Development, the MSc in African Studies and the MSc in Science, Technology and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. He also work closely with the Nairobi-based African Centre of Technology Studies in running capacity building workshops around science policy for African policymakers.

James supervises students working on development issues in Africa and elsewhere, and especially students working on the relationship between science, technology and development.

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