Dr Julie Smith is Reader in European Politics and Director of the European Centre at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. She previously ran the European Programme at Chatham House. As Baroness Smith of Newnham, she sits in the House of Lords, where she is Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Defence. She has served on the House of Lords International Relations Committee since its creation in 2016.
Julie’s main research interests are in the history and politics of the EU. Her work focuses on the UK’s relations with the EU; democracy in Europe, including elections to the European Parliament parliaments and the EU; and parliaments and budgetary politics. She is currently editing the Palgrave Handbook on European Referendums (due out in 2019). Recent publications include: The UK’s Journeys Into and Out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (London: Routledge, 2017; paperback edition May 2018).