Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar

President


  • 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), and non-resident Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute 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 JNU School of International Studies and St. Stephen’s College.

    Amrita has authored/edited thirteen books. Her most recent books include:

    • International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

      co-authored with Daniel Drezner, International Affairs, centenary Special Issue, 98(5), 2022, pp. 1468-2346

    • International Negotiation and Political Narratives: A Comparative Study co-authored with Fen Osler Hampson, London and New York: Routledge, 2022

    • Poverty Narratives in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020

    Furthermore, among others:

    • 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)

    • Honorary Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge

    • 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

    • Adjunct Senior Fellow, Research in Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

    • Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne

    • Co-Chair, T20 Taskforce 3 (LiFE, Resilience and Well-Being)

    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)

    Qualifications

    • 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 (T4T) – Knowledge Exchange with Global Reach, Leibniz Association

    • Since 2021: Principal Investigator, Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft, Federal Foreign Office

    • 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


    Memberships

    • Australia India Institute, Non-resident Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute, since 2022
    • American Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2022
    • T20 Taskforce 3, Co-Chair, since 2022
    • Indian Association of International Studies, Member of the IAIS International Advisory Board, since 2021
    • Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Member of the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), 2021 - 2023
    • International Studies Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2020
    • Munich Security Conference Distinguished Reflection Group on Transatlantic China Policy, Member of the Distinguished Reflection Group of the Munich Security Conference, since 2020
    • Observer Research Foundation, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), since 2020
    • Review of International Studies, Editorial Board Member of Review of International Studies, since 2020
    • Business and Politics, Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Business and Politics, since 2015
    • Research and Information System for Developing Countries, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), since 2014

    President's Office

    You can access some of her musings on Twitter @AmritaNarlikar and on Mastodon@AmritaNarlikar.


    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    Monograph | Cambridge University Press | 05/2020

    Poverty Narratives and Power Paradoxes in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond

    In her latest book, published by Cambridge University Press, Amrita Narlikar argues that modern-day politics displays a surprising paradox: Poverty – and the powerlessness with which it is associated – has emerged as a political tool and a formidable weapon in international negotiation.

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2022

    Trade Governance: the Politics of Prosperity, Development and Weaponization

    This chapter analyzes the origins, evolution, and crisis of trade governance. Among others, Prof. Narlikar discusses difficulties and bargains of the multilateral order, and also provides directions of reform. She evaluates the GATT and WTO, weaponized interdependence, and the role of the Global South.

    Blog Article | 12/2022

    How not to do Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academia: Ten Commandments

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta outline ten pitfalls to avoid when working on Equal opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in social science and beyond.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Formerly Visiting Fellow

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2022

    Trade Governance: the Politics of Prosperity, Development and Weaponization

    This chapter analyzes the origins, evolution, and crisis of trade governance. Among others, Prof. Narlikar discusses difficulties and bargains of the multilateral order, and also provides directions of reform. She evaluates the GATT and WTO, weaponized interdependence, and the role of the Global South.

    Policy Paper | 09/2022

    German Feminist Foreign Policy: An Inside-Outside Perspective

    In this article, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses German feminist foreign policy from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. This article is translated into Hindi.

    International Affairs | Oxford University Press | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

    The International Affairs centenary special issue, edited by GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, is a ‘how not to’ guide for international relations. It brings together 14 experts examining historic failures and how policy practitioners and researchers can get it right together.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    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

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft

    “Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft” is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. It focuses on how digitalisation offers new opportunities, challenges, and instruments for foreign policy. It will identify the options and (security) threats of digitalisation to develop timely responses of (digital) diplomacy.
    FFO, 2021-2022

    France 24 | Quote | 27/01/2023

    What is the German Chancellor looking for on his tour of South America?

    Available to read in English and Spanish languages.

    Global Policy | Interview | 05/01/2023

    “The West uses double standards” - An Interview with Amrita Narlikar

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar shares her insights on what leads to arrogance towards the Global South, what German foreign policy can do better and why India does not belong in the same corner as China.

    Internationale Politik | Interview | 02/01/2023

    Der Westen misst mit zweierlei Maß

    GIGA Präsidentin Prof. Amrita Narlikar teilt ihre Expertise zu den Themen, wozu die Arroganz gegenüber dem Globalen Süden führt und was die deutsche Außenpolitik besser machen kann.

    Speaker | 10/03/2023

    Isolation in International Relations

    University of Cambridge Cambridge: 10/03/2023

    The President of GIGA and Honorary Fellow of Darwin College, Prof. Amrita Narlikar, will give a lecture on interconnectedness and isolationism in international relations and their implications for research and policy as part of the Darwin College Lecture Series.

    Speaker | 17/01/2023

    Celebrating 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar was invited to contribute to the event as speaker. She shared her expertise at the fourth session titled “Indian Foreign Policy – Perspectives from Various Geographies”.

    Speaker | 17/01/2023

    Celebrating 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar was invited as a speaker to share her expertise on Indian foreign policy at the international seminar organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Economic Statecraft and Weaponised Interdependence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Master-level seminar in Political Science

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Economic Statecraft and Weaponised Interdependence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Master-level seminar in Political Science

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Multilateralism, Crisis, and Coronavirus

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Master-level seminar in Political Science

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