Adrian Smith Queen Mary University of London UK

Adrian Smith Queen Mary University of London UK

Adrian Smith Queen Mary University of London UK

Professor Adrian Smith


Professor of Human Geography and Dean for Research (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8436
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 117






My main interests are in economic geography and labour, global production networks, economic (in)security, and the restructuring of industries in post-socialist East-Central Europe and North Africa. I was trained in human geography and development studies, and my interests continue to focus on the relations between uneven development and political economy. I am a member of the  QMUL Centre on Labour and Global Production.

I am Editor-in-Chief of the journal European Urban and Regional Studies, was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2007, and received the Royal Geographical Society’s Gill Memorial Award in 2003. Between 2007 and 2011 I served a four year term as Head of the School of geography at Queen Mary University of London, I co-ordinated the university’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework preparations and submission, and since January 2014 have been Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key recent publications:

  • Pickles, J. and Smith, A. (with Begg, R. Buček, Roukova, P. and Pástor) (2016) Articulations of Capital: Global Production Networks and Regional Transformations, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Smith, A. (2015) ‘Macro-regional integration, the frontiers of capital and the externalisation of economic governance’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, doi: 10.1111/tran.12091
  • Smith, A. (2015) ‘Economic (in)security and global value chains: the dynamics of industrial and trade integration in the Euro-Mediterranean macro-region’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, doi: 10.1093/cjres/rsv010
  • Smith, A. (2014) ‘The state, institutional frameworks and the dynamics of capital in global production networks’, Progress in Human Geography, DOI: 10.1177/0309132513518292
  • Smith, A., Pickles, J., Bucek, M., Pastor, R. and Begg, B. (2014) ‘The political economy of global production networks: regional industrial change and differential upgrading in the East European clothing industry’, Journal of Economic Geography doi: 10.1093/jeg/lbt039.
  • Smith, A. (2013) ‘Europe and an inter-dependent world: uneven geo-economic and geo-political developments’, European Urban and Regional Studies, 20 (1): 3-13.
  • Stenning, A., Smith, A., Rochovská, A. and Świątek, D. (2010) Domesticating Neo-Liberalism: Spaces of Economic Practice and Social Reproduction in Post-Socialist Cities, Oxford: Wiley.

Editorial responsibilities:
European Urban and Regional Studies, Editor (2009–11), Editor in Chief (2012–)
Economic Geography, Editorial Board member
Geography Compass: Economic Geography, Editorial Board member
Folia Geographica (Slovak Journal of Human Geography), Editorial Board member
Growth and Change: A Journal of Regional Policy, Editorial Board member