- Saskia Smellie
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- 07530 882515
- Research Interests
- Politics of Migration and Asylum Policy, Responsibility-Sharing, European Union, Foreign Policy, Role Theory
Explaining Variation in Refugee Protection Policy in the EU: National Role Conceptions and Domestic Political Constraints
My research project examines variations in refugee policy among EU Member States. Adopting a Role Theory approach, it explores the impact of political elites’ national role conceptions on decision-making. Domestic political constraints, including political fragmentation, party competition and public opinion are also examined, offering a holistic explanation for variations in responsibility-sharing and provision for refugees and asylum seekers.
MSc International & European Politics (distinction), University of Edinburgh
BA Honours German Studies (2:1), University of Birmingham
2016-2018; Politics and International Relations Career Development PhD Scholarship
2007; Eleanora Allen Travel Scholarship
2016-2017; Research Assistant, Professor Juliet Kaarbo, University of Edinburgh
2016-2017; Research Assistant, Professor Christina Boswell, University of Edinburgh
2005-2007; Research Assistant, Roger Moorhouse, College of Europe, Warsaw
Publications & Conference Papers
July 2017: (Forthcoming) ‘Explaining Variation in 'Burden-Sharing': National Role Conceptions and Domestic Political Constraints’ at the Council for European Studies’ 24th Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, UK
Boswell, C., Kyambi, S. and Smellie S. (2017) 'Scottish and UK Immigration Policy After Brexit: Evaluating Options for a Differentiated Approach'. Working Paper.
Boswell, C., Kyambi, S. and Smellie S. (2017) 'Scottish and UK Immigration Policy after Brexit: Evaluating Options for a Differentiated Aprroach'. Policy Note, Scottish Centre on European Relations.
Feb 2017: ‘Explaining Variation in Refugee Protection Policy and Responsibility Sharing in the EU: A Role Theory Approach’, International Studies Association's 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore, USA,
Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Participant: knowledge exchange and consultation events with Scottish Government on future of Scottish and UK immigration policy; March - June 2017.
Co-Convenor; Role Research Group, Unversity of Edinburgh. Organising Role Research & FPA Conference in May 2017.
Panelist; 'Tomorrow's Europe - what does it mean to you?'; Europa Institute & University of Edinburgh Festivals Office; public debate.
Discussant; 'UK after Brexit'; PhD knowledge exchange seminar in collaboration with Business School, University of Edinburgh.
Blog; 'After Brexit: Reflections from a migration perspective'; It Ain't Necessary So; blog.
2016; 'Asylum and Refugees; History and State-level Responses', Honours Undergraduate Course 'Europe and International Migration'
2016; Honours Undergraduate Course 'Europe and International Migration'
Relevant Work Experience
10/2015 – present; Communications and Policy Officer, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Edinburgh
2009 – 2015; Public Relations and Policy Officer, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Edinburgh
- Facilitation training at Kinharvie Institute (6-day course)
- Policy consultation, advocacy, and mediation between the Scottish Government and stakeholders, event organisation and political delegations
- Media engagement strategies, social media and website management
English – native speaker
German – fluent
Member of International Studies Association
Member of Citizens, Nations and Migration Network, University of Edinburgh
Role Research Group (Co-Convenor), University of Edinburgh
International Relations Research Group, University of Edinburgh
Europa Research Group, University of Edinburgh