Matt Baillie Smith is Professor of International Development at Northumbria University, where he co-directs the Northumbria Centre for International Development with Dr Katy Jenkins. Before becoming an academic, Matt worked for an NGO, and he continues to work in partnership with a range of development organisations in the UK and internationally. Matt’s research has focused on issues including NGO strategies for engaging the public in development, development education and most recently, volunteering in humanitarian and development settings. This includes large projects with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Swedish Red Cross on volunteering in a changing world and volunteering in conflicts and emergencies. Current work includes three projects funded by the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund exploring, respectively, volunteering by displaced young people in Uganda, young people and sustainable development in Palestine, and the livelihoods and futures of delta dwellers in South and East Asia. Outside work, Matt lives in Whitley Bay with his partner and two daughters, and spends as much of his time as he can in mountains going up them slowly or skiing down them slightly more quickly.

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