1931 Chair in 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, Dr 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.
Dr Amin has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at a number of European Universities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Edward Heath Prize in 1998 for contributions to research on Europe and a CBE for his services to Social Science in 2014. He is also a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge.