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Professor Ash Amin, PhD

Professor Ash Amin, PhD

Head of Department, 1931 Professor of Geography and Fellow of Christ's College.


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 Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the British Academy. He is currently Director of Research in the Department of Geography.


  • 1982-2005 Newcastle University: Research Fellow and Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies; Lecturer and Professor, Department of Geography
  • 2005-2011 Durham University, Professor of Geography; Founding Executive Director of Institute of Advanced Study (from 2006)


  • 1979 BA Italian Studies Reading University
  • 1986 PhD Geography, Reading University


In recent years, funded research has included grants from the ESRC on the ethnography of the UK social economy, while policy work has focused on urban and social cohesion, with independent scholarship focusing on race, cities, and democratic renewal. He is currently working on cultures of risk, on the city as machine, and on slum ecologies.


Professor Amin has (co) authored or (co) edited 19 books and (co) written over 110 journal articles and book chapters.

Most recent books

  • Amin, A and N Thrift (2002) Cities: Re-imagining the Urban, Polity Press
  • Amin A and P Cohendet (2004) Architectures of Knowledge, Oxford University Press
  • Amin A and N Thrift (eds.) (2005) The Blackwell Cultural Economy Reader, Blackwell
  • Amin A and J Roberts (eds.) Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, Oxford University Press
  • Amin A (ed.) (2009) The Social Economy, Zed Books
  • Amin A and M O'Neill (eds.) (2009) Thinking About Almost Everything, Profile Books
  • Amin A (2012) Land of Strangers, Polity Press. [Podcast]
  • Amin A and N Thrift (2013) Arts of the Political, Duke University Press
  • Amin A and N Thrift (2016) Seeing like a City, Polity Press, in press.

Selected recent journal articles

  • Amin A (2006) 'The Good City', Urban Studies, 43, 5/6: 1009-1023
  • Amin A with N Thrift (2007) 'Cultural Economy and cities', Progress in Human Geography, 31, 2: 143-161.
  • Amin A (2007) 'Rethinking the urban social', City, 11, 1: 100-114.
  • Amin A and N Thrift (2007) 'On being political', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32: 112-115.
  • Amin A (2008) 'Collective culture and urban public space', City, 2, 1: 5-24
  • Amin A and J Roberts (2008) 'Knowing in action: beyond communities of practice', Research Policy, 37: 353-369.
  • Amin A (2009) 'Extraordinarily ordinary: working in the social economy', Social Enterprise Journal, 5, 1: 30-49.
  • Amin A (2010) 'Remainders of race', Theory, Culture and Society, 27, 1, 1-23
  • Amin A (2013) 'Surviving the future', Society and Space: 31: 140-156
  • Amin A (2013) 'The scopic regimes of urban neglect', interview with Matthew Gandy, Cityscapes, 3, Summer: 86-99
  • Amin A (2013) 'Telescopic urbanism', City, 17, 4: 476-492
  • Amin A (2013) 'The urban condition: A challenge to social science', Public Culture, 25, 2: 201-208
  • Amin A (2014) 'Lively infrastructures', Theory, Culture and Society, 31, 7/8: 137-16
  • Amin A (2014) 'Epilogue: the machinery of urban resilience', Soc. Sci.: 3, 3: 308-31
  • Amin A (2015) 'Animated Space', Public Culture, 23, 7: 239-258.


  • Part II (final year) course Changing Cultures of Risk

External activities

  • Foreign Secretary and Vive-President, British Academy
  • Chair, Smuts Memorial Fund, Cambridge University
  • Member, Advisory Board, COMPAS, Oxford University
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Study, University of British Columbia
  • Member, Pro-Futura Selection Committee, Swedish Collegium of Advanced study, Uppsala
  • Member, Managing Board, CRASSH Cambridge
  • Chair, Selection Panel, Strategic Research Projects 2013, Padova University