Laura Smith


I have been teaching on the Global Development programme in POLIS since 2015. Currently I am module leader for ‘Making of the Modern World’ (level one) and I am part of the teaching team for ‘State and Politics in Africa’ (level two). I am also the tutor for the Access to Leeds International Development pathway. 

I am finalising my PhD in the School of Earth and Environment. My research looks at the social and political transformations taking place at the local level in Uganda as an international oil industry is established there, and what these transformations mean for pro-poor development.

I am project officer for the University of Leeds Centre for Global Development and I am a member of RiDNet, the Researchers in Development Network at Leeds.

Before joining Leeds to embark on a part time PhD in 2012 I worked for an NGO which supports smallholder farmers in India, Malawi and Kenya to access markets in the UK for tea, rice and coffee. I worked for the Western Sahara Campaign UK from 2002 to 2007.

I have a MA in Peace Studies from the Univeristy of Bradford and a BA (Hons) International Business Studies from the University of Northumbria.  

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Student education

I am module leader for PIED1212 Making of the Modern World

I am part of the teaching team for PIED2455 State and Politics in Africa