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Professor Sir Steve Smith


Professor Steve Smith is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, and a professor of International Studies.

Steve Smith has a BSc in Politics and International Studies, an MSc in International Studies and a PhD in International Relations, all from Southampton University. During his 26-year academic career he has written or edited 13 books, written nearly 100 academic papers and has given over 150 academic presentations in 22 countries. His most widely read work (co-authored with the late Professor Martin Hollis) is Explaining and Understanding International Relations, published by Oxford University Press. He is the editor of the prestigious Cambridge University Press / British International Studies Association series.

Professor Smith's career has included positions as Director of the Centre for Public Choice Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth. Last year he became only the second UK academic to be elected President of the International Studies Association in the USA. In 2000 Professor Smith was elected to become an Academician of the Social Sciences (AcSS).