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Professor Ash Amin, PhD

Emeritus 1931 Professor of Geography and Fellow of Christ’s College.


Professor Amin is known for his work in urban, cultural and economic geography. He writes about cities and regions as relationally constituted; globalisation as everyday process; the economy as cultural entity; race and multiculture at the intersection of biopolitics and vernacular practices, slums and dwelling practices, and the changing meanings of Europe. 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 on the advisory board of a number of international journals. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences, and also Foreign Member of the Italian Academia Nazionale Dei Lincei. He holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University and was Foreign Secretary of the British Academy from 2015 to 2019. He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for his contributions to social science. He has been awarded the 2021 Olof Palme Visiting Professorship by the Swedish Research Council, to be held at Uppsala University during 2021.


  • 1982-1994 Newcastle University: Research Fellow and Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies; Lecturer and Professor, Department of Geography
  • 1994-2011 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


Professor Amin’s current research is on new urban grammars, slum ecologies and dwelling practices, the mental health of the poor in Shanghai (ESRC-Newton funded) andDelhi, and identity conflicts in a populist Europe.

Potential PhD applications

In the run up to retirement Professor Amin regrets his inability to take on new PhD students.


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External activities

  • Foreign Secretary and Vice-President, British Academy, 2015-19
  • Chair, Nayef Al-Rodhan Book Prize jury, British Academy, 2017-19
  • Member, Academic Senate, Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study, Uppsala, 2019-
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Ove Arup Foundation, 2020-
  • Member, Jury for Ernest Solvay quinquennial Prize in social sciences and humanities, Belgium National Science Foundation, 2020
  • Trustee, Nuffield Foundation, 2020-