Professor Smith read Geography at St Anne’s College, and completed her DPhil at Nuffield College, both at Oxford University. Prior to moving to Cambridge, she held the Ogilvie Chair of Geography at the University of Edinburgh (1990-2004), and was Professor of Geography and a Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University (2004-9). She is a Fellow of the British Academy, an inaugural member of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a member of the Society of Authors. Professor Smith has had a distinguished career both as a social geographer and in the interdisciplinary world of housing studies. Her work is centrally concerned with the challenge of inequality, addressing themes as diverse as residential segregation, housing for health and fear of crime. Her current research focuses squarely on the housing economy, and particularly on the uneven integration of housing, mortgage and financial markets. In addition to her academic work, Susan is a keen skier with a passion for music, and a particular interest in the world of brass.