Dr Janet Smart

Dr Janet Smart

Academic Advisor

Janet’s areas of expertise include systems engineering, complex systems, programme management, and the design, delivery and management of large complex projects.

Before retiring from her academic career at Oxford University in September 2021, Janet taught operations management, project management and systems thinking at undergraduate, MSc, MBA and executive levels at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. She also taught at the School’s Major Projects Leadership Academy for senior civil servants in the UK, where she still helps out with assessing the work of students on these programmes.

Janet took her undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Oxford, and her PhD in computing at the University of Durham. She is currently completing an MPhil in Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, with a dissertation on James Joyce.


Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Annual Report 2024

We find ourselves in a cultural moment of uncertainty as domestic and global challenges persist. Whether it is the cost of living crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, or the war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, leadership is required more than ever and the importance of peace building critical. This year has been dubbed the year of voting, with more than two billion people heading to the polls in 2024. Quite simply, it is the biggest election year in history. And yet, democracy has never felt so fragile; it seems to be on the ballot itself.