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Dr Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith

Senior Lecturer

University Teaching Officer


Office Phone: 01223 767 229


Julie Smith is the Chief Examiner for the MPhil in International Relations and Politics. She is a Fellow of Robinson College, where she is a Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies.  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.

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 in 1997, Julie taught in the International Relations and European Studies Department of the Central European University in Budapest.

Research Interests

Julie’s research focuses primarily on the history and politics of European integration. She works on a wide range of European issues, including European Parliament elections, institutional reform, the UK’s relations with the EU. Her current research focuses on the role of parliaments in the EU and on budgets and parliaments. She is the Principal Investigator for the ESRC-funded Cambridge  component of the OPAL project on the roles of national parliaments in Europe post-Lisbon, organised within the Open Research Area, and runs the Cambridge team of INCOOP, a Marie-Curie Initial Training Network.  She will also lead the Cambridge team in a new Erasmus network – PADEMIA – which will be launched in Autumn 2013.  In addition to her work on the EU, she has written on various aspects of Liberalism, including the history of the Liberal International.


Julie lectures and supervises for Pol 8, a final year PPS/HSPS paper on European Politics and teaches a module on European Integration for the MSt in International Relations.   In addition she supervises dissertations on a wide range of European topics, including the UK’s relations with the EU, asylum and immigration policy, EU energy policy, and institutional reform.

Key Publications

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Co-editor and contributor, Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union (forthcoming 2014)
  • ‘Between ideology and pragmatism: Liberal party politics at the European level’ in Acta Politica Special Issue on Europarties (forthcoming late 2013/early 2014)
  • ‘Between solidarity and separation - the EU in a time of crisis’ in  Western Europe 2014 (Routledge: forthcoming Autumn 2013)
  •  Special Issue of International Affairs on Britain and Europe Forty Years on, editor and contributor, including article:
  • Towards a More Comprehensive, Strategic and Cost-effective EU Foreign Policy: The Role of National Parliaments and the European Parliament, with Ariella Huff and Geoffrey Edwards (European Parliament, 2012)
  • ‘Towards consensus? Centre-right parties and immigration policy in the UK and Ireland’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 3, April 2008, pp. 414-430
  • In addition, Julie is Series Editor of the New Horizons in European Politics Series for Edward Elgar.