Associate fellow
University of Sussex Business School

I am a Professor of Management  and an interdisciplinary social scientist at the University of Sussex. Currently I am working on a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship examining the relationships between employment, new technologies and food security in the UK’s glasshouse food production sector. The project will be looking at the role that ‘digital’ (and other) technologies play in securing food production in agri-food value chains.


My background is in economic geography, value chains and labour issues. I completed a DPhil at the University of Sussex in 1996 and have held academic positions at the Universities of Sussex, Kentucky, Southampton and Queen Mary University of London. At Queen Mary I was appointed to roles as Head of School, Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deputy Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences) and Deputy Vice-Principal (Research Excellence), leading on two institutional REF submissions.

Journal articles

Campling, L., Harrison, J., Harrison, B., Smith, A., and Barbu, M. (2019) “South Korea’s automotive labour regime, Hyundai Motors’ Group production network, and trade-based integration with the European Union”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12506.

Smith, A., Barbu, M., Campling, L., Harrison, J. and Richardson, B. (2018) “Labor regimes, global production networks, and European Union trade policy: international labor standards and export production in the Moldovan clothing industry”, Economic Geography, DOI: 10.1080/00130095.2018.1434410.

Harrison, J., Barbu, M., Campling, L., Richardson, B. and Smith, A. (2018) “Governing labour standards through free trade agreements: limits of the European Union’s Trade and Sustainable Development chapters”, Journal of Common Market Studies,

Barbu, M., Campling, L., Smith, A., Harrison, J. and Richardson, B. (2018) “The trade-labour nexus: global value chains and labour provisions in European Union Free Trade Agreements”, Global Labour Journal, 9 (3): 258-280. DOI:

Harrison, J., Barbu, M., Campling, L., Ebert, F., Martens, D., Marx, A., Orbie, J., Richardson, B., Smith, A. (2018) “Labour standards provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements: reflections on the European Commission’s reform agenda”, World Trade Review, DOI:

Campling, L., Harrison, J., Richardson, B. and Smith, A. (2016) “Can labour provisions work beyond the border? Evaluating the effects of EU trade agreements”, International Labour Review, 155 (3): 357-382. DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00037.x

Smith, A. (2015) “The state, institutional frameworks and the dynamics of capital in global production networks”, Progress in Human Geography, 39 (3): 290-315. DOI: 10.1177/0309132513518292.

Smith, A. (2015) “Economic (in)security and global value chains: the dynamics of industrial and trade integration in the Euro-Mediterranean macro-region”, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8: 439-458. DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsv010.

Smith, A. (2015) “Macro-regional integration, the frontiers of capital and the externalisation of economic governance”, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40: 507-522. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12091.

Smith, A., Pickles, J., Buček, M., Pástor, R. and Begg, R. (2014) “The political economy of global production networks: regional industrial change in the East European clothing industry”, Journal of Economic Geography, 14: 1023-1051. DOI:10.1093/jeg/lbt039.


Baglioni, E., Campling, L., Coe, N., and Smith, A. (eds) (2022) Labour Regimes and Global Production, Agenda Publishing.

Smith, A., Campling, L., Harrison, J., Richardson, B. and Barbu, M. (2021) Free Trade Agreements and Global Labour Governance: The European Union’s Trade-Labour Linkage in a Value Chain World, London: Routledge.

Pickles, J. and Smith, A. (with Begg, B., Buček, M., Roukova, P. and Pástor, R.) (2016) Articulations of Capital: Global Production Networks and Regional Transformations, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.