Nick Smith

Senior Research FellowNicholas Ross Smith



  • International Relations theory - especially realism, regional security complex theory, & constructivism
  • Foreign Policy Analysis - especially EU foreign policy, Russia’s foreign policy, & China’s foreign policy
  • Geopolitics & geoeconomics - especially in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, & the Indo-Pacific


Nicholas Ross Smith is an adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury’s National Centre for Research on Europe. Prior this, he spent three and a half years as an Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China. His main research areas include geopolitics in Eastern Europe, EU foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, democratisation and geoeconomics in an emerging multipolar world. He has published two books, numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays on these topics (and others).


Book chapters

  • ‘The taniwha and the dragon: New Zealand’s relationship with China under the Ardern government at a time of growing geopolitical uncertainty’, in P. Grace, B. Kiglics, RG. Patman and D. Wesselbaum (eds), The Foreign Policy of Jacinda Ardern’s Government in the Era of COVID-19 (Singapore: World Scientific, 2022).

  • ‘The Two-Level Game Impeding China’s Public Diplomacy Efforts’ (with Tracey Fallon), in X. Zhang, C. Shultz, and G. Shaw (eds), China and the World in the 21st Century: Communication and Relationship Building (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022)

  • ‘Realism and the study of EU-Russian relations’ (with Anastassiya Yuchshenko), in M. David and T. Romanova (eds.), Handbook on EU-Russian relations (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021)

  • ‘The EU’s trade power: Assessing its triangular trade relationship with Ukraine and Russia’, in M. Garcia, S. Khorana and J. Orbie (eds.), Handbook on European Union Trade Policy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2018).

  • ‘Ukraine’s democratisation path: Examining the internal & external impediments to democratic reform’, in S. Fish, G. Gill and M. Petrovic (eds.), A Quarter Century of Postcommunism Assessed (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

Peer-reviewed journal articles