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Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar, D.Phil. (Oxon), Ph.D. (Cantab)


Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is the President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), and Professor at the Universität Hamburg. She serves as Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in an honorary capacity.

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 eleven 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

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

  • As of 2021: Principal Investigator, Weltordnungsnarrative des Globalen Südens (with Prof Eckart Woertz, Prof Ulrich Mücke and Prof Jürgen Zimmerer) (final confirmation awaited)

  • 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

Research Programme

  • Accountability and Participation

  • Growth and Development

  • Peace and Security

  • Power and Ideas