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Profile pictureDr Julie Smith

Julie Smith is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Robinson College, where she is a Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Politics. She was Deputy Director of the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge for five years until the Centre’s merger with Politics in 2009. Julie also served as Head of the European Programme at Chatham House from 1999 until 2003.

Julie's research and publications focus on a wide range of European issues, including: elections to the European Parliament, institutional reform, EU enlargement, and the UK's relations within the EU, including bilateral and trilateral. She is responsible for the Cambridge part of the EU-funded INCOOP project on inter- and intra-institutional cooperation within the Union and part of the MERCURY network. She is currently working on British political parties and Europe.


Deputy Director

Profile pictureDr Geoffrey Edwards

Geoffrey Edwards is Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Emeritus Reader in European Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He gained his PhD from the London School of Economics. He held research posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a number of other institutions, including the Federal Trust and Chatham House.

Since moving to Cambridge, he has particularly involved in graduate teaching both at the Master’s and PhD levels. His particular research interests are the EU's foreign, security and defence policies as well as the EU’s institutional development.

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Talk: 'Recent developments in EU energy and climate policy' by Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE)

Oct 15, 2018

We are delighted to announce the upcoming talk by former POLIS PhD student Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE) on Thursday 18 October 2018, 1-2pm, in room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

New blog post by Sebastian Steingass on the LSE Brexit blog

Feb 22, 2018

In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU, writes Sebastian Steingass in his latest blog post published on the LSE Brexit blog

E-IR blog post by Vladimir Kmec: Brexit and the Consequences for International Peacebuilding

Jan 16, 2018

The UK’s departure from the EU might arguably leave not only the UK but also the EU more inward-looking and less engaged in world affairs

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