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Professor of Security and Resilience at Cranfield University

April 22nd, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Development, Law and Human Rights, Media, Terrorism, War and Conflict, Women's Rights
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe
Geographical Expertise - Country: China, Korea
Languages: English, French
Field of Work: Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist, United Nations
City: Oxford
Country: UK
Continent: Europe


Hazel Smith1 Hazel SmithDr. Hazel Smith is Professor of Security and Resilience at Cranfield University. Professor Smith has worked on North Korea for over twenty years; and lived and worked in-country for two years, traveling and working throughout the country between 1998 and 2001 while on secondment to United Nations agencies. Dr. Smith was also seconded to the United Nations University, Tokyo as Senior Program Officer (2003-2004).

Dr. Smith was formerly Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick, where she worked from 1998 to 2009. During that period Professor Smith was POSCO visiting fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu, (2008); Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. (2001-2002); Fulbright scholar Stanford University (1994-95). Professor Smith’s specialist areas of research include North Korea, East Asian security, food security, global humanitarian assistance and resilience. Her books include Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in North Korea (2005); Reconstituting Korean Security (2007); European Union Foreign Policy (2002); Humanitarian Diplomacy with Larry Minear of Tufts University; Diasporas in Conflict with Paul Stares. Professor Smith has undertaken extensive field work in the DPRK, Nepal, China and Nicaragua – carrying out scholarly research and working for the United Nations World Food Program, UNICEF and non-governmental organizations.

Professor Smith is regularly interviewed on Asia-Pacific security, North Korea and international affairs for global media including BBC, CNN, Voice of America, KBS, Radio Free Asia, Newsweek, The Guardian, Asahi Shinbun, The Independent, The New York Times, South China Morning Post, Straits Times, and was recently a panelist for Forum at PressTV, hosted by Andrew Gilligan. Professor Smith has been interviewed on some of America’s leading political talk shows including ABC Nightline and by some of America’s leading broadcasters including Mike Wallace for CBS 60 Minutes and Fareed Zakaria for PBS Foreign Exchange.

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