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The Team


Profile pictureDr Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith (Baroness Smith of Newnham) is Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow in Politics and Graduate Tutor at Robinson College, Cambridge.  Since 2016 she has been Co-Director of the MSt in International Relations, the two-year part-time Masters programme co-organised by POLIS and the University’s Institute for Continuing Education.  

Julie read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford, and took both her MPhil and DPhil in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She was a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and prior to coming to the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge in 1997, Julie taught in the International Relations and European Studies Department of the Central European University in Budapest.

An expert in European politics, Julie was Head of the European Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) from 1999 until 2003. She has been a member of the House of Lords since 2014 and a member of the Lords’ International Relations Committee since 2016.

Research Interests

Julie’s main research interests are in the history and politics of the EU, with a particular interest in the UK’s relations with the EU.  Her work has included European elections and referendums as well as the role of the European and national parliaments in the EU.  She has been the Cambridge PI for various collaborative projects, including the Erasmus + PADEMIA network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe and the INCOOP Marie Curie Initial Training Network on inter-institutional relations in the EU.  She is currently involved with VIADUCT, a Jean Monnet network on Enhancing Academic Dialogue between the EU and Turkey. In addition to her work on the EU, she has written on various aspects of Liberalism, including the history of the Liberal International. She was the Founding Editor of the Edward Elgar Series on New Horizons in European Politics (2011-17) and now edits a new series for Routledge: Europa EU Perspectives: Reform, Renegotiation, Reshaping.



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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'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'

Jan 17, 2019

During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018 participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS

'The EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit' with Karen E. Smith and Richard Whitman

Nov 30, 2018

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' by Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria)

Nov 28, 2018

Join us for your next European Centre event on Thursday, 29 November 2018, at 1pm. Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria) will speak on 'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' The event will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

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