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Dr. Charles Smith Brocca was Head of Curriculum and Quality in Swansea School of Education at "Swansea Metropolitan University ("University of Wales), and following its merger with University of Wales Trinity Saint David was Senior Quality Manager and member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Faculty of Humanities. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Swansea Business School. Author/co-author of Economic Development (Palgrave), International Trade and Globalisation (Anforme),[1] Revision Express Economics (Pearson-Longman)[2] and many academic and journalistic articles in the fields of economics and business education, devolution, regional development and European integration. His research specialized in comparative politics and economics of "Wales and "Catalonia, education, training and employment.[3] He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World.[4] He often broadcasts on regional television and radio in an 'expert' role on economic and political matters.

Smith gained national standing as an examiner and "curriculum developer.[5] He is a former chief examiner with the International Baccalaureate Organisation and has undertaken teacher training in countries spanning the five continents. He is currently Chief Examiner in Economics with a major UK awarding body. He has also been a consultant for the UK government's Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), an adviser to the Welsh Assembly Government (member of the Wales Employment Advisory Panel) and a member of the economic council of Britain in Europe.

He retired from full-time teaching in 2014, but maintains a consultancy role, particularly with international Higher Education partnerships with private sector universities run by educational foundations in Spain. He is active in politics, and is a Labour Party councillor on a South Wales unitary authority county council, where his current responsibility is Cabinet Member, Regeneration and Economic Development.

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  1. ^ Reviewed in the Summer 2007 edition of Teaching Economics and Business (journal of the Economics and Business Education Association)
  2. ^ Reviewed in the Spring 2007 edition of Teaching Economics and Business (journal of the Economics and Business Education Association)
  3. ^ Recent publications include: 'What Effect is China Having on International Trade?' Economics Today, January 2006; 'The UK Balance of Payments', in P. Maunder (ed.), Developments in Economics: an Annual Review, Causeway/ Pearson, 2005.
  4. ^ Sage Publications, USA, 2009
  5. ^ See, for example 'Problem Solver' column: 'Testing Times for a New Examiner,' Make the Grade (Institute of Educational Assessors) November 2005.

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