Lothar Smith

2002 - 2007 Ph.D. candidate at the Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), University of Amsterdam. Further support from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (AOE), Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID), the African Studies Centre Leiden (all in The Netherlands) and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER, Ghana).

1993 - 1998 Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Rural Development Studies at Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. Specialisation: Rural Development Sociology. 

Current academic position
January 2007 -present
Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Current research (more details: www.ru.nl/english/people/smith-l/): 

  • Coordinator of Global-Local Divides & Connections (Glocal, http://www.ru.nl/nsm/imr/our-research/hot-spots/global-local-divides-and-connections-glocal), an interdisciplinary research group of the Institute for Management Research Nijmegen, focusing on human mobility, development issues and conflicts.
  • Research associate with the African Centre for Migration & Society, South Africa.
  • Member of the Transnational Mobility-Development Network, a network of researchers mainly based in The Netherlands and its neighbours, looking at new developments in the field of migration.
  • Editorial member of the Journal of African Mobility Review (http://sihma.org.za/online-journal/).
  • Steering group member of the Transnational Synergy and Cooperation for Development (TRANSCODE, www.transcodeprogramme.org) a programme that takes a multi-stakeholder approach in developing sustainable approaches connecting foreign based migrants with local developments in the global South. 
  • Member of the Netherlands Association for Africanists (NVAS).
  • Advisory member of the academic board to the African Studies Centre Leiden, The Netherlands.

Current educational activities

  • Teaching of Master and Bachelor courses in the field of Human Geography.
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses.
  • Coordinator of the Master specialization Migration, Globalization & Development.
  • Recent engagements include workshops and lectures for students and PhD candidates at Gadya Madah University, Yogyakarta; at UNIKA, Semarang; at the African Centre for Migration and Society, Johannesburg and at the Centre for Migration Studies, Accra. These focused on research methodology, developmental dimensions and social identity associated with migration matters and on the societal effects of climate change.

List of publications.

Fellow member
Radboud University, Nijmegen
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