Professor of Geography at University of Cambridge
Ash Amin joined the University of Cambridge in 2011 as the 1931 Chair in Geography, after 17 years at Durham University where he was Professor of Geography and Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study. He has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at a number of European Universities. He was 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.
One of the UK’s most celebrated urbanists, Professor Amin is known for his work on imagining cities as more than human and as comings together of diverse geographies. He is currently working on slum futures in an age when up to a third of the world population may find itself living in such city spaces. He is also known for his work on race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, and most recently, his work has focused on the politics and everyday implications of resurgent xenophobia and intolerance in Europe. He also works on the implications of imagining the future as apocalyptic, from framings of risk and hazard, to shifts in understandings of preparedness and resilience. Finally, his recent work has focused on the prospects and possibilities of renewing a politics of social justice and equality liberated from old keywords of the Left that no longer resonate.
He has (co) authored or (co) edited 19 books and (co) written over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His most recent books include: Cities: Re-imagining the Urban (with Nigel Thrift, (Polity Press, 2002); Architectures of Knowledge (with Patrick Cohendet, Oxford University Press, 2004); The Blackwell Cultural Economy Reader (edited with Nigel Thrift, Blackwell, 2005); Community, Economic Creativity and Organization (edited with Joanne Roberts, Oxford University Press, 2008); The Social Economy (edited, Zed Books, 2009); and Thinking About Almost Everything (edited with Michael O’Neill, Profile Books, 2009); Land of Strangers (Polity Press, 2012); and Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left (with Niget Thrift, Duke University Press, 2013).
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