Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics
Tel: +44 (0)1509 222990
Location: Manzoni Building
I have been Professor of European Politics at Loughborough since 1994, and was Head of Department from 1999-2002; previously I was a Professor and Dean at Coventry University. I am co-director of the Centre for the Study of International Governance, and a member of the University Research Performance Monitoring Committee, and I play a coordinating role in the Department’s preparations for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessments. Outside the university, I have been the Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Standing Committee of Heads of European Studies, and in 2010 I was honoured by UACES with their award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies. I was also Chair of the European Studies sub-panel in the UK national Research Assessment Exercise for 2008. I am or have been a member of the editorial boards of a number of leading international journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy Perspectives on European Politics and Society and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations; I am also on the advisory boards of two book series dealing with the European Union and its external action.
My key areas of research are: (1) European Union external relations and the development of the EU’s system of diplomacy; (2) Relations between the European Union and the United States, both in terms of their historical development and in terms of current policy issues; (3) Relations between the European Union and Asia, especially China and Southeast Asia; (4) The EU’s role in global governance and especially the global political economy, and the relationship between the EU and European and world order. I have recently been director of a major multi-national research network dealing with the diplomatic system of the EU, funded by the Jean Monnet programme, and I am part of a European Commission-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network which focuses on inter-institutional cooperation in the EU. I currently supervise a group of research students dealing with inter-institutional cooperation in EU diplomacy, and have previously supervised research students studying EU relations with Asia, with the World Trade Organisation, and with Turkey, as well as a broader range of topics in EU governance. In general, my research seeks to combine awareness of historical processes with a focus on institutions and norms as key shaping forces in EU external policy-making and external relations.
I am currently responsible tutor for two modules in the PHIR undergraduate programme: EUA601, The Contemporary World Arena, which is taught to students in the first semester of their first year, and EUC607, The European Union and the United States, which is a final year specialist option for students on a range of programmes. I also contribute to a number of modules at postgraduate level.
I have published a large number of books (single-authored, jointly authored and edited), of which the most recent are:
- Elgström, O. and Smith, M. (eds) (2006) The European Union’s Roles in International Politics: Concepts and Analysis. London: Routledge.
- McGuire, S. and Smith, M. (2008) The European Union and the United States. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Fernandez Sola, N. and Smith, M. (eds) (2009) Perceptions and Policy in Transatlantic Relations: Prospective Views from Europe and the United States. London: Routledge.
- Hill, C. and Smith, M. (eds) (2011) International Relations and the European Union. Second edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
I am currently with two colleagues from other universities in the middle of editing a book based on the project dealing with EU diplomacy (see above); this will be published in late 2013 or early 2014.
I have published articles in a number of leading international journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, European Political Science, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Journal of European Integration, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, International Politics, International Affairs, The World Today and Internationale Spectator. I also contribute regularly to the JCMS Annual Review of the European Union and have contributed more than a hundred chapters to edited books.