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Professor Ash Amin

Transformations in contemporary society/space relations; urban and regional development; re-imagining the economy; new forms of politics and citizenship; the idea of Europe; race and multiculturalism
Head of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Amin is known for his work on the geographies of modern living: cities and regions as relationally constituted; globalisation as everyday process; the economy as cultural entity; race and multiculture as a hybrid of biopolitics and vernacular practices. He has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at a number of European Universities. He has been founding co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy, and is currently associate editor of City, and on the advisory board of a number of international journals. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently Director of Research in the University of Cambridge Department of Geography, and Chair of the University's Smuts Trust, supporting Commonwealth Studies.
British Academy appointments
  • Foreign Secretary, 2015 -
Past appointments
  • Professor of Geography and Executive Director, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, 1994 - 2011
  • Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Cambridge, 2011 - 2016
  • Head of Geography, Department of Geography, Cambridge, 2016 -
  • Research Fellow and Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies; Lecturer and Professor, Department of Geography, Newcastle University, 1982 - 1994
Principal publications
  • Cities: Re-imagining the Urban (with N Thrift) 2002
  • Placing the Social Economy (with A Cameron and R Hudson) 2002
  • Architectures of Knowledge (with P Cohendet) 2004
  • The Social Economy (ed.) 2009
  • Land of Strangers 2012
  • The Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left (with N Thrift) 2013
  • Seeing like a City (with N Thrift) 2016 (in press)

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