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.

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Cultural Diplomacy and the Art of Soft Power

What is the role of cultural diplomacy in our ever-increasing polarised and divided world? How can we foster a better understanding between cultures and nations? How can cultural diplomacy pave the way to the wider cooperation and dialogue? During this seminar we will examine the role of cultural diplomacy, learn how we can foster an effective cultural dialogue, and examine the role of art and artists in shaping the island of Ireland’s image (North and South) in the international context.