Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar


  • Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is the President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Professor of International Relations at Hamburg University. She also is Honorary Fellow of Darwin College (University of Cambridge), non-resident Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in an honorary capacity, and non-resident Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute.

    Prior to moving to Hamburg, she held the position of Reader in International Political Economy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellowship at Darwin College. She was also Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford from 2003 to 2014.

    Amrita was awarded her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University (Balliol), and was then appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s, Oxford. She also has intellectual roots at the School of International Studies, JNU, and St. Stephen’s College.

    Amrita has authored/edited thirteen books. Her most recent book has been published by Cambridge University Press (Poverty Narratives in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond, New York: CUP, 2020). Her previous books include:

    • Bargaining with a Rising India: Lessons from the Mahabharata (co-authored) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

    • The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization (co-edited) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

    • Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions (edited), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010

    The policy relevance of her research brings Amrita into frequent and close exchange with practitioners. She has authored several policy briefs — e.g. for Munich Security Times, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, CIGI, Commonwealth Secretariat etc., and has had her expertise cited in a range of media outlets — e.g. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Die Welt, Spiegel Online, Deutsche Welle, NDR, BBC, etc.

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    Short CV

    Present Appointment

    President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg Professor of International Relations (W3) at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Hamburg Universität Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in an honorary capacity Honorary Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge

    Previous Appointments

    University of Cambridge (2004 - 2015)

    • Permanent positions as University Lecturer, University Senior Lecturer, Reader in International Political Economy

    • Founding Director of the Centre for Rising Powers

    • Official Fellow, Darwin College

    University of Exeter (2003 - 2004)

    • Lecturer (permanent position), position held simultaneously with the New Career Development Fellowship, Nuffield Foundation (2003-3006; fellowship was transferred to Cambridge on appointment there)

    University of Oxford (1999 - 2014)

    • Junior Research Fellow (1999 - 2003)

    • Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies (honorary position, 2003 - 2014)


    • Ph.D., Darwin College, University of Cambridge (by incorporation)

    • D. Phil., International Relations, Balliol College, University of Oxford

    • M. Phil., International Relations, Balliol College, University of Oxford

    • M.A., International Relations, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

    • B.A., History (Hons.) St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India

    • Data Analysis, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection

    Grants and Fellowships

    • Since 2022: Principal Investigator, Transfer for Transformation – Knowledge Exchange with Global Reach, Leibniz Association

    • Since 2021: Principal Investigator, Weltordnungsnarrative des Globalen Südens (with Prof Eckart Woertz, Prof Ulrich Mücke and Prof Jürgen Zimmerer)

    • Since 2021: Principal Investigator, Leader Types and (Liberal?) Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic, SCRIPTS, German Research Foundation (with Prof. Mark Hallerberg)

    • Since 2020: Principal Investigator, The Challenge to the Challenge: Responses to BRI, SCRIPTS, German Research Foundation (with Prof Mark Hallerberg)

    • Since 2018: Co-Investigator, Legitimate Multipolarity, German Research Foundation (with Dr Johannes Plagemann and Prof Heike Holbig)

    • Since 2018: Principal Investigator, SCRIPTS Excellence Cluster, FU Berlin

    • 2013: Leverhulme Research Fellowship for project entitled The Power of the Poor

    • 2012: Volkswagen Foundation Consortium Grant for project on Energy and Rising Powers. In collaboration with the University of Darmstadt

    • 2011: Conference Grant by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, to organize an interdisciplinary conference with the Centre for Rising Powers in February 2012 on Rising Powers in the International System. Additional sponsorship secured from Cambridge University Press

    • 2010: Visiting International Professorial Chair, Université Libre de Bruxelles, November

    • 2008: First Mellon/CRASSH Teaching Fellowship for Innovation in Teaching (with Professor Martin Daunton)

    • 2007: Conference Grant by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, to hold an inter-disciplinary conference in November 2007 on Breaking Deadlocks

    • 2003 - 2006: Nuffield Career Development Fellowship (with Dr Andrew Hurrell as Col) (to cover three year buy-out for PI, research assistance for CoI, and funding to cover research, travel, and equipment costs of both PI and CoI)

    • 2002: Leitner Visiting Fellowship, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, March - April

    • 2001: First Hodson Memorial Essay Prize, The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

    Scholarships and Prizes

    University of Oxford (M.Phil. and D.Phil.):

    • Full scholarship (fees and maintenance) by the Inlaks Foundation, London Overseas Research Students (ORS) Award, UK

    • Travel grants from Balliol College

    • Research grants from the Cyril Foster and Alastair Buchan Fund, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford

    School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (M.A.):

    • First position in M.A. with distinction and highest marks in school record and first position in 15 out of 16 papers

    • Prize for outstanding performance in MA from Jawaharlal Nehru Trust

    St. Stephen’s College Prizes (B.A. Hons, History):

    • Savitri Prasad History Prize for the highest standard in tutorials

    • Prize for Seminar Paper on ‘Climatic Changes from Pleistocene to Mid-Holocene Times in Peninsular India’

    • I.H. Qureshi Memorial Prize for History for Regularity, Quality of Work and Peformance

    • Shri Ram Poplai Essay Prize

    Senior School:

    • All India Merit Scholarship for performance in All India Senior Secondary School

    • Leaving Exam, with prizes in all exam subjects from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi

    Current Research

    • International Trade

    • International Negotiation

    • Multilateralism

    • World Trade Organisation

    • Geoeconomics

    • Economic Statecraft

    • International Negotiation

    • Indian Foreign Policy

    • Rising Powers

    • BRICS, especially India

    Countries and Regions

    • India

    • Brazil

    • China


    • Australia India Institute
    • American Political Science Association
    • Academy of International Affairs NRW
    • Indian Association of International Studies
    • Finnish Institute of International Affairs
    • Global Economy and Development program at Brookings
    • International Studies Association
    • International Studies Association
    • Observer Research Foundation
    • Reflection Group of the MSC
    • Business and Politics
    • Research and Information System for Developing Countries


    • Honorary Fellow of the Darwin College

    Raisina Files | 04/2022

    Scripting a Third Way: The Importance of EU-India Partnership

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar analyses in this contribution - also in the context of China's and Russia's authoritarian advances - the benefits and limitation of the EU-India Partnership, and how the EU and India could script a future together.

    Raisina Debates | 04/2022

    All Roads connect Delhi and Brussels

    In the run-up to the Raisina Dialogue 2022, Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Samir Saran discuss in this publication the cooperation between India and the EU and the great potential that lies in collaborating on green transition, digital transformation, and maintaining the geopolitical landscape.

    Samir Saran

    Policy paper | 03/2022

    Rebooting Germany’s Foreign Policy towards China

    In this paper, Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses the foreign policy of Germany and its European partners towards China. This article was republished in Global Policy Blog (4.4.2022) and is also available to read in Hindi.

    Policy paper | 02/2022

    Walking the Walk of values-based Diplomacy

    As the Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolds, Germany has finally undertaken epochal decisions to uphold the values of the international order by supporting Ukraine.

    Samir Saran

    Research Project | 01/07/2022 - 30/06/2025

    Transfer for Transformation – Knowledge Exchange with Global Reach (T4T)

    Transfer for Transformation (T4T) is an application lab. Its topical focus are political and economic transformations (also in the digital arena) in the Global South. T4T will innovate in the practice of knowledge transfer through consequent target-group-integration and novel access strategies. It will also advance the scholarship on the subject by analysing the effectiveness and impact of different types of knowledge transfer.
    Leibniz Association, 2022-2025

    Research Project | 01/06/2021 - 31/05/2023

    Leader Types and (Liberal?) Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This project compares decision-makers in the pandemic, with a focus on leaders, health and finance ministers. The role of these ministers is taken into account because much debate has revolved around the issues of life versus livelihoods. It considers the degree to which these persons are “experts” in the relevant policy area. It further investigates the extent to which leaders and ministers referred to scientific expertise and, when they did so, which particular disciplines they relied on.
    DFG, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2024

    World Order Narratives of the Global South (WONAGO)

    The decades since the late twentieth century are marked by the end of the bipolar world order and the rise of countries of the Global South. Most explanations focus on political and economic power shifts and do not pay much attention to ideas of order, especially those prevalent in the Global South. To provide a more inclusive perspective, this project researches world order narratives in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its Area Studies strategy.
    BMBF, 2021-2024

    Un Pasquín | Interview | 07/08/2022

    Todo el mundo debe ser tratado en forma equitativa y justa

    Leibniz Magazin | Interview | 20/07/2022

    Wir brauchen eine neue Form der Globalisierung

    How are the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russian attack on Ukraine changing international relations? GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar shares her expertise on a shifting world order and the role that academia may play in an interview with Leibniz Magazine.

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    Speaker | 23/06/2022

    How not to negotiate: the Case of Trade Multilateralism

    Leibniz University Hannover Hannover: 23/06/2022

    At the invitation of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote, Prof. Narlikar shared her analysis on trade negotiations with students of Leibniz Universität Hannover. Her lecture is based on her forthcoming guest-edited special issue of International Affairs in collaboration with Prof. Daniel Drezner on the theme of “The How-Not-To Guide for International Relations”.

    Chair, Moderator | 16/06/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    Cooperation Event Online event: 31/08/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar chaired and co-moderated the Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific webinar on situating Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific debate, featuring Dr. Sana Hashmi as speaker. A video of the event is available.

    Consultant | 15/06/2022

    Closed-door Conversation on Indian-German Relations (online)

    German Embassy New Delhi Neu Delhi: 15/06/2022

    GIGA President Prof. Narlikar shared with the German Embassy in India her analysis of Indian-German relations and how to strengthen them. Among others, Dr. Hendrik Selle, Head of Political Department, and Christiane Hieronymus, Head of Division for Economic Cooperation and Development, participated in this conversation.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Economic Statecraft and Weaponised Interdependence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Master-level seminar in Political Science

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Economic Statecraft and Weaponised Interdependence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Master-level seminar in Political Science

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Multilateralism, Crisis, and Coronavirus

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Master-level seminar in Political Science


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