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) 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)

    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 – 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


    Memberships

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

    Awards

    • Honorary Fellow of the Darwin College

    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

    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.

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide – Introduction to the International Affairs centenary special issue

    In this introductory article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, guest editors of the International Affairs centenary special issue, outline this ‘how not to’ guide. They explore a Hippocratic oath for international affairs and suggest going beyond this minimum ‘do no harm’ requirement.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    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

    Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte | Interview | 30/09/2022

    Verbindungen, die zum Frieden beitragen sollen, werden zu Waffen

    Prof. Narlikar shares her insights on the war in Ukraine, the Global South, and the future of the international order in an interview with APuZ. 

    Un Pasquín | Interview | 07/08/2022

    Todo el mundo debe ser tratado en forma equitativa y justa

    Un Pasquín translated and published important parts of the interview between GIGA President Amrita Narlikar with journalist Carsten Germis on diversity in International Relations and science.

    Panelist | 21/09/2022

    How NOT to Do Foreign Policy

    Cooperation Event London or online: 21/09/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Chatham House, International Affairs (Journal)

    For the launch of the International Affairs Centenary special issue “International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide”, Chatham House invites for a discussion with Prof. Drezner, Prof. Narlikar, and Prof. Rosoux on how policymakers and researchers can learn from the worst pitfalls.

    Consultant | 10/08/2022

    High Level Closed-Door Roundtable on India’s G20 Presidency: Opportunities for an Inclusive Agenda

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar was invited to contribute to this closed-door discussion at Kubernein Initiative with other experts on foreign policy and gender to identify key opportunities and challenges for India, in setting the agenda for its upcoming G20 presidency including intersections for gender within the G20 framing.

    Speaker | 23/06/2022

    How not to negotiate: the Case of Trade Multilateralism

    Auf Einladung von Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote teilte Prof. Narlikar ihre Analyse zu Handelsverhandlungen mit Studenten der Leibniz Universität Hannover. Ihr Vortrag basiert auf der von ihr in Zusammenarbeit mit Prof. Daniel Drezner in Kürze erscheinenden Sonderausgabe von International Affairs zum Thema "The How-Not-To Guide for International Relations".

    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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