After teaching at Cambridge, Ron Smith came to Birkbeck, University of London in 1976. He has been professor of Applied Economics there since 1985, teaching econometrics and statistics. He has also been a visiting professor at the London Business School and the University of Colorado.
He has published extensively in econometrics, defence economics and political economy and has acted as a consultant to a range of bodies including Frontier Economics and the UK National Audit Office. His book Military Economics: The Interaction of Power and Money, Palgrave 2009, was shortlisted for the 2010 Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature.
He was awarded the 2011 Lewis Fry Richardson award for contributions to the scientific study of militarised conflict by the European Consortium of Political Research.