Susan J. Smith

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Susan Jane Smith
Born 1956 (age 59–60)
Institutions Girton College, Cambridge
Alma mater
Thesis Crime and the structure of social relations within a British city: a geographical critique, with reference to north central Birmingham (1982)

Susan Jane Smith, FBA, FAcSS (born 1956) is a British geographer and academic. Since 2009, she has been Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge.[1][2] Smith previously held the Ogilvie Chair of Geography at the University of Edinburgh from 1990–2004 and until 2009 was a professor of geography at Durham University, where she played a key role in establishing the Institute of Advanced Study. On 1 October 2011, she was conferred the title of Honorary Professor of Social and Economic Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge for five years.[3]

She studied at Oxford University, reading Geography at St Anne's College and completing her DPhil at Nuffield College. She held Research Fellowships at St Peter's College, Oxford, at Brunel University and at the University of Glasgow.

In 2010, Smith gave the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Cambridge University with the title "Care-full markets – Miracle or Mirage?" which examined—from a perspective of the ethics of care—the morality and economics of the housing market.[4]


In 2008, Smith was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[5] In 2014, she was awarded the Victoria Medal of the Geographical Society [6]


  1. ^ Girton elects new Mistress from Cambridge University News and Events, 4 March 2009
  2. ^ Varsity issue 693 page 3
  3. ^ Cambridge University Reporter Vol cxlii No 8: Notices by the General Board
  4. ^ "The 2010 Tanner Lectures". Cambridge University. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "SMITH, Professor Susan". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mistress of Girton honoured by Royal Geographical Society". Girton College. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Marilyn Strathern
Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge