Professor Ash Amin

Former Head of department at Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

1931 Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Professor Ash Amin joined the University of Cambridge in August 2011, after 16 years at the Universities of Newcastle and Durham as Professor of Geography. He is known for his work on the geographies of modern living and has contributed to thinking on the economy as a cultural entity, while his writings on race and multiculturalism have helped change policy work on the management of ethnic diversity.

Professor Amin’s research in recent years has centred on areas of contemporary social and spatial theory, including multi-ethnicity and the Idea of Europe as well as prospects for urban and regional democracy. Much of this work has involved public and policy engagement and influence at local, national, EU and OECD level in the areas of spatial policy, multiculturalism, and economic development.

In recent years, Professor Amin’s policy work has focused on urban cohesion and on racial integration oriented towards the biopolitics of race, urban dwelling, inter-personal recognition and Left political renewal. His latest work is on cultures of calamity and on the meanings of urban resilience.

Prodessof Amin 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. He is also a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.

His current research interests include

  • Democracy and citizenship
  • Institutional and social economics
  • Multiculturalism in Europe
  • Regional development studies
  • Urban theory