Ash Amin

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Ash Amin CBE FAcSS (born Kampala, 31 October 1955) is an Uganda-born British Pakistani[citation needed] academic and the 1931 Chair of Geography at the University of Cambridge[1] and formerly at Durham University, UK. He was head of the geography department at Durham and Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kampala, Uganda.[3] He graduated from the University of Reading in 1979 with a first-class degree in Italian Studies and then gained a PhD in geography from Reading in 1986. He is a prominent and world renowned[4] economic geographer, with research in the areas of spaces of social, political and economic change. He is also the co-editor and founder of the journal 'Review of International Political Economy' and has written over 75 journal articles.[5]

Career[edit]

He is an[6] economic geographer, with research in the areas of spaces of social, political and economic change. He has authored 19 books and 110 journal articles.[5]

His career started at Newcastle University in 1982. He was a Research Fellow and Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and also a Lecturer and later a Professor in the Department of Geography. In 2005 he left Newcastle for Durham University, he was head of the geography department at Durham and the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study in 2006. In 2011 he took the appointment of 1931 Chair in Geography at University of Cambridge and became a professorial Fellow of Christ's College.

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Amin has held and received numerous fellowships in his career, including visiting professorships to the University of Bologna, University of Copenhagen, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Uppsala.[5] Moreover, he was a member of the ESRC's Research Priorities Board from 1997 to 2001. At present he is in his final year as a race and ethnicity adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.[7] Ash Amin has received various awards and membership to prestigious bodies such as:


Amin was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to social science.[10]

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