​Lecturer in International Relations, Staffordshire University

Simon Smith is ​Lecturer of International Relations at Staffordshire University, coming from PoLIS at the University of Bath, which he joined in October 2013.

Simon was a Teaching Fellow at Aston University and contributed to the research and the administration of the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE). Before his time at Aston, he was a University Teacher and the Administrator for the Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG) at Loughborough University. His doctoral research on the EU-NATO Relationship was also conducted at Loughborough University.

PhD (International Relations) Loughborough University MSc (Conflict and Cooperation) University of Stirling.
BA (History/Political Science) Gonzaga University
Research interests
Simon is currently the Research Officer (working with Professor David J. Galbreath) for an ESRC funded award entitled ‘The Drivers of Military Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare'.

The project tests a series of conceptual and explanatory models that help answer the central research question: What are the drivers of strategic reform in contemporary militaries in Europe?

We ask whether states will be more affected by the changing financial resources, change in geo-political climate, modern changes in military doctrine, or combat experience.

We aim to test the hypotheses that result from this preliminary identification of strategic drivers.

His other research interests include:

EU and NATO Security Cooperation
EU and NATO Capabilities Transformation
EU and NATO Developing Security Partnerships
Transatlantic Security and Reforming European Defence
The Defence and Security Implications of an Independent Scotland
Institutionalism
International Organisations
International Organisation Defence and Security Cooperation
Simon’s doctoral research was a Historical Institutionalist account of EU-NATO cooperation through the ‘formal’ mechanism of Berlin Plus and alternative ‘informal’ structures.

This project was funded through a Loughborough University Studentship and was conducted under the supervision of Professor Mark Webber, Professor Dave Allen and Dr Robert Dover.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Lecturer of International Relations, Staffordshire University
  • 2013–2015
    Research Associate, POLIS, University of Bath