Nicola Smith is a political economist whose work is broadly concerned with debates about globalisation and social justice.
PhD Political Science (Birmingham)
MA Research Methods (Political Science) (Birmingham)
Nicki studied at the University of Birmingham as both an undergraduate and postgraduate student, and she achieved her PhD on Ireland's experience of globalisation in 2003. Following her ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, in 2005-06 Nicola was the Principal Investigator of an ESRC-funded project on ‘Discourses of globalisation and European integration in the UK and Ireland’, for which Colin Hay was Co-Investigator. Nicki’s current research is concerned with issues surrounding globalisation and social justice with respect to uneven gendered and sexualised power relations, including a recent Leverhulme-funded research project on the political economy of male and transgender sex work in the UK and the Netherlands.
Nicki is Undergraduate Director and Director of the MA Programme in IPE for POLSIS, Undergraduate Lead and NSS Champion for the School of Government and Society, and also serves on the University Ethics Committee. Nicki was recently awarded the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning for the College of Social Sciences.
Pols G79 Globalisation and Governance
(Partly bought-out for teaching 2013-14)
I have co/supervised a number of PhD projects through to successful completion and am currently co/supervising the following projects:
Christian Hernandez (self-funded, FT) ‘Globalisation and Latin America’s Emergence’
Fran Amery (ESRC-funded, FT) ‘Discourses of Abortion in the UK and US’
Corina Filipescu (self-funded, PT) ‘Inventing the Idea of Europe: The Romanian Construction of the Idea of Europe versus the Western Idea of Europe’
I welcome applications from potential PhD students in the fields of international political economy, globalisation, global ethics, small states, discourse analysis, and gender and sexuality studies.
Other professional appointments
2013-present: External Examiner (International Relations), University of Bristol
2011 - present: External Examiner (Politics), Oxford Brookes University
2009 -2010: Co-Convenor of the Centre for Sex Work Research and Policy (CSWRP) UK
2006 - present: Editorial Associate of the journal ‘British Politics’
2007 - 10: Co-Director (with Donna Lee) of the BISA Working Group on Small States
2005 - 08: Membership Secretary of the Global Studies Association
Associate member of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and the Higher Education Academy; active member of CSWRPUK and CSWRPEU.
N. Smith (forthcoming 2014) Queer Sexual Economies (Basingstoke: Palgrave)
Smith, N. (2005) Showcasing Globalisation? The Political Economy of the Irish Republic (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
M. Laing, K. Pilcher and N. Smith (eds) (forthcoming 2014) Queer Sex Work (London: Routledge)
Cameron, A., J. Dickinson and N. Smith (eds) (2013) Body/State (Farnham: Ashgate)
Widdows, H. and N. Smith (eds) (2011) Global Social Justice (London: Routledge)
Journal Special Issues
Smith, N. and M. Laing (eds) (2012) ‘Working Outside the (Hetero)Norm? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Sex Work’, Sexualities, 15: 5
Smith, N. and H. Hoffler (eds) (2009) ‘Global Social Justice in Theory and Practice’, Journal of Global Ethics, 5: 2
Lee, D. and N. Smith (eds) (2008) ‘The International Political Economy of Small States', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 97
N. Smith and D. Lee (forthcoming 2014) 'What's Queer About Political Science?' British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
C. Hay and N. Smith (2013) 'The Story of a North-Sea Bubble: The Strange Demise of the Anglo-Liberal Growth Model in the UK and Ireland', European Political Science Review. 5: 3
Smith, N. (2012) ‘Body Issues: The Political Economy of Male Sex Work’, Sexualities, 15: 5
Smith, N. (2011) ‘The International Political Economy of Commercial Sex’, Review of International Political Economy , 18: 4
Lee, D. and Smith, N (2010) 'Small State Discourses in the International Political Economy’, Third World Quarterly , 31: 7
Hay, C. and N. Smith (2010) ‘How do Policy-Makers Really Understand Globalisation? The Internal Architecture of Anglophone Globalisation Discourse in Europe’, Public Administration , 88: 4
Smith, N. (2009) ‘Global Social Justice – A “Matter of Human Survival”: An Interview with Clare Short’, Journal of Global Ethics , 5: 2
Lee, D. and N. Smith (2008) ‘The Political Economy of Small African States in the WTO’, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs , 97. [Selected as one of five classic articles to celebrate the journal’s Centenary in 2010]
Bates, S. and N. Smith (2008) ‘Understanding Change in Political Analysis: On the Need to Bring Space into Theoretical Positions and Empirical Analyses', Political Studies Review (2008), 6: 2
Smith, N. and C. Hay (2008) ‘Mapping the Political Discourse of Globalisation and European Integration in the UK and Ireland Empirically’, European Journal of Political Research , 47: 3
Smith, N. (2006) ‘Mapping Processes of Policy Change in Contemporary European Political Economies: The Irish Case’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations , 8: 4
Hay, C., N. Smith and M. Watson (2006) ‘Beyond Prospective Accountancy: Reassessing the Case for British Membership of the Single European Currency Comparatively’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations , 8:1
Hay, C. and N. Smith (2005) ‘Horses for Courses? The Political Discourse of Globalisation and European Integration in the UK and Ireland’, West European Politics , 28:1
Smith, N. Pace, M. Lee, D. (2005) ‘Size Matters: Small States in International Relations’, International Studies Perspectives (2005), 6:3
Smith, N. (2004) ‘Deconstructing “Globalisation” in Ireland’, Policy & Politics , 32:4
Smith, N. (2002) ‘The Irish Republic – “A Showpiece of Globalisation”?’, Politics , 22:3