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Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is Professor of Geography at Durham University. She is a graduate of Oxford University, where she studied at St. Anne’s, St. Peter’s and Nuffield Colleges, and at the School of Geography. Before moving to Durham in 2004, she held the Ogilvie Chair of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She has been awarded fellowships of all kinds to work at the University of California, Los Angeles, the European University Institute and the Australian National University, as well as in other UK universities. Susan is an inaugural member of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a member of the Society of Authors, and became a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008 (FBA). She is also experienced in research management, research strategy, and research assessment of all kinds. She has contributed to the work of the ESRC (Research Grants Board, Professorial Fellowships Commissioning Panel, Public Services Programme Commissioning Panel), HEFCE (as a panel member in the 2001 and 2008 RAEs), the Leverhulme Trust, and to research development and monitoring in HEIs within and beyond the UK.

Susan’s research is centrally concerned with the challenge of inequality: with the personal and social costs of insecurity; the exclusionary underpinnings of residential segregation; the discriminatory patterning of health inequalities; and the relevance to markets of an ethic of care. This work has an interdisciplinary flavour, and a practical appeal. In 1998, Susan received the Merchison prize 'for publication judged to contribute most to geographical science in preceding recent years'. She currently holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship, awarded ‘to support the UK’s top social scientists’ who are ‘acknowledged scholarly leaders in their field with an outstanding track record in conducting leading edge research’. This work is exploring the link between housing, mortgage and financial markets.

Susan Smith was on the panel of The “Credit Crunch”: Consequences for UK Households in March 2009.

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