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Department of Geography


Graham Smith BA PhD (deceased)

University Lecturer and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

Graham Smith

Dr Graham Smith, Lecturer in the Geography Department, died on Friday 23rd April 1999 in Addenbrookes hospital after a short illness. Dr Smith was a political geographer who was a specialist in the politics of ethnic minorities in the former Soviet Union, especially the Baltic region. He established a Post-Soviet States research group, which began in Sidney Sussex College and had recently developed in the Department.

Graham was an extremely popular lecturer – in spite of the unpronouncable Russian words which peppered lectures, delivered in a broad Scottish accent. The whole Department and his many friends and colleagues throughout the academic world are struggling to come to terms with his death, which came without warning.

Graham had published many articles and in addition was author, editor or co-editor of Planned development in the socialist world; The nationalities question in the Soviet Union; The Baltic States: the national self-determination of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; Federalism: the multiethnic challenge; Human Geography: Society, space and social science; and The Nationalities Question in the Post Soviet States. He had travelled extensively throughout the post-Soviet states and Eastern-Central Europe. In 1988 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 1992 was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for his work on the Baltic Republics. His post-Soviet states expertise has led to media appearances and to an involvement in television and radio documentaries. In 1994, he was made Director of the Post-Soviet States Research Programme at Sidney Sussex College. Research funding for his work came from The Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, The British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, The US Institute of Peace Studies and the British Council.