Lothar Smith

Lothar Smith works holds the position of assistant professor with the Human Geography department at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, The Netherlands.

In both research and education (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels) Lothar takes a special interest in the globalisation- development nexus for the global south, notably where this concerns human migration. The interest for the movement of people and the way this relates to their livelihoods and lifestyles was triggered with Master level research on the dynamics of rural livelihoods in the face of land reforms in South Africa, and subsequently with research on migration into the agricultural frontier zone of Nicaragua. However it was his experience as a social researcher at the Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute, University of Fort Hare, South Africa (2000-01) that cemented his interest in human mobility in relation to livelihoods and development. To give further impetus to this interest Lothar joined the Ghana TransNet Research Programme (University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) as a PhD candidate. The Ghana TransNet research programme explored the influence of transnational networks of Ghanaian migrants in three local economies: the rural and urban economy in Ghana, and the urban economy of Amsterdam as a city of settlement of Ghanaian migrants in the Global North. In this programme Lothar was responsible for the urban Ghana research project. In December 2007 he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled 'Tied to migrants: Transnational influences on the economy of Accra, Ghana'.

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Radboud University Nijmegen
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