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Amanda Smith02

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

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Dr Smith is a Senior Lecturer and teaches geography with a specific focus upon urban transitions to sustainable and resilient futures. She is responsible for teaching modules that address urban geography, sustainability, resilience, climate change and research methods.

Amanda also supervises PhDs, personal tutees and undergraduate dissertations. She has recently worked with the University’s Green Academy ( to develop innovative teaching materials on climate change- Carbon Crush: The Nations (a card game for use with all disciplines) and COP Negotiation Workshop (a 2hr role play simulation of the Paris Climate Summit in 2015).

Dr Smith is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (

Career overview

Amanda has previously worked at Sheffield Hallam University, Durham University and Leeds Beckett University. She completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Durham in 2005. She took up post at NTU in April 2005 in the School of Arts and Humanities and moved to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences in 2015.

Research areas

Amanda is currently working on research projects that focus upon policy agendas, with the aim of producing policy relevant research. The overarching theme of this research is urban sustainability: managing urban vulnerabilities and fostering resilience. Topics include a focus upon: sustainable communities and the Third Sector; urban adaptations to climate change and peak oil; energy transitions; Transitions Towns and community resilience.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Vice Chair and Director for the Partnership Council (a Third Sector body undertaking regeneration projects in Nottingham).

Third Sector Advocate on Nottingham Green Partnership ( )

ESRC Seminar Series, Co-Investigator: "Sustainability transitions: rethinking everyday practices, identities and livelihoods" ( )

Invited guest speaker at Belgium’s Federal Council for Sustainable Development Annual Conference ( )

Reviewer for a number of journals: Environmental Politics; Local Environment; Environment & Planning C; Environmental Politics; Public Policy and Administration; and Children’s Geographies.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Smith has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council ( and support from Belgium’s Federal Council for Sustainable Development Annual Conference (

Press expertise

Public sector
The Environment & Geography
Climate Change

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