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Smith, Bill

Bill Smith PGCE MA PhD (Stanford)

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Contact Details
tel: +44 (0) 28 90776570; 7789757042

Academic Background
University of Sussex (BA 1971), Keele University (PGCE 1974), Stanford University (MA 1981, PhD 1987).

Research Interests
Prevention, management and resolution of violent political conflict; policy analysis and evaluation; Government of Northern Ireland; cross-border cooperation in Europe; history of political thought.

Selected publications and presentations
“The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-1973: from Violence to Powersharing” (Washington, US Institute of Peace, spring 2011).  Three anonymous peer reviewers have said:
“…a model of lucidity and clarity and a joy to read…”
“…an intelligent and impressive book, with a wealth of detail…”
“…an excellent study of a crucial period of British policy…”

Government experience
Member, Parliamentary Boundary Commission.
Chair, Ministerial Advisory Group, Ulster-Scots Academy.
Principal Private Secretary to First Minister, 2002.
Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service, 1996 - 2004.