- 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
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
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,
2016; 'Asylum and Refugees; History and State-level Responses', Honours Undergraduate Course 'Europe and International Migration'
2016; Honours Undergraduate Course 'Europe and International Migration'
Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
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.
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