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Professor James Smith

James Smith

ESRC Council member

James Smith

James Smith

Professor James Smith in Vice Principal International and Professor of African and Development Studies at the University of Edinburgh. James is chair of the advisory group of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health and a trustee of the international non-governmental organisation, Practical Action.

In his role as Vice Principal James leads on the University’s global collaborations and activities, and support for international staff and students. He is also responsible for shaping Edinburgh’s international strategy.

James’s research focuses on the role of knowledge and innovation in international development and he is currently completing a European Research Council-funded study examining research into and control of African trypanosomiasis in both humans and animals across the tsetse fly belt of Africa. Previous projects have focused on the emergence of biofuels and agricultural biotechnologies in Africa and South Asia.

Term ends: 31 March 2020