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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Dr Julie Smith (Baroness Smith of Newnham) is a Fellow in Politics and Graduate Tutor at Robinson College, Cambridge, and was Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University from 2013 to 2019. 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.


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.


Key publications: 

Recent Publications:

  • Co-editor and co-contributor to special section of Parliamentary Affairs on The Role of Parliaments in European Economic Governance after the Crisis (2017)
  • The UK’s Journey’s Into and Out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • ‘National Parliaments and the European Union – a View from Westminster’, in Davor Jancic, ed., National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation? (Oxford: OUP, 2017)
  • ‘David Cameron’s EU renegotiation and referendum pledge: a case of déjà vu?’, British Politics, September 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 3, pp. 324-46
  • The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), co-editor with Claudia Hefftler, Christina Neuhold & Olivier Rozenberg and contributor
  • ‘Europe: The Coalition’s Poisoned Chalice’ in Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn, eds., The Coalition Effect, 2010-15 (Cambridge: CUP, 2015).  



Other publications: 
  • Co-editor and contributor, Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union (2014)
  • ‘Between ideology and pragmatism: Liberal party politics at the European level’ in Acta Politica Special Issue on Europarties (2014)
  • ‘Between solidarity and separation - the EU in a time of crisis’ in  Western Europe 2014 (Routledge: 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.

Teaching and Supervisions


Julie lectures on European Politics for the MSt in International Relations and co-teaches an MPhil module on European Crises and Challenges with Dr Geoffrey Edwards. She gives the EU lectures for the Part 2B Tripos paper on European Politics (Pol 13). She also supervises for Pol 13, Pol 5 and Pol 1.

Professor in European Politics
University Teaching Officer
Robinson College
Office hours by appointment via email
Dr Julie  Smith

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