Ash Amin is 1931 Chair in Geography at Cambridge University and the Foreign Secretary & Vice President of the British Academy.
Professor Amin is known for his work on the geographies of modern living: cities and regions as relationally constituted; globalisation as everyday process; the economy as cultural entity; race and multiculture as a hybrid of biopolitics and vernacular practices. 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 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. He is currently Director of Research in the Department of Geography.
In recent years, funded research has included grants from the ESRC on the ethnography of the UK social economy, while policy work has focused on urban and social cohesion, with independent scholarship focusing on race, cities, and democratic renewal. He is currently working on cultures of risk, on the city as machine, and on slum ecologies.