The Board of Trustees of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies/Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien has installed Dr Amrita Narlikar from the University of Cambridge to lead the institute as its new president. Her term is set to begin on 1 October 2014. She has also been appointed by the President of the University of Hamburg (UHH) as Professor in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of that institution.
“I am delighted and honoured to have been offered the positions,” said Narlikar. “The GIGA is already an international institute of world renown. It has the empirical expertise to understand the visions and policy perspectives of the non-Western world, and how they impact upon global governance, and is thus probably the only research institute of its kind. This analytic advantage is especially important in the context of the changing balance of power that we are seeing today. I look forward to the opportunity to harness its tremendous potential and further enhance the GIGA’s international presence and impact, in collaboration with GIGA colleagues and university colleagues across several relevant disciplines. I am especially excited at the prospect of collaborating with the German policy community, and look forward to deep and constructive engagement with the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the German Federal Foreign Office. I must add here that Hamburg holds a special attraction for me because of its unique history and my own research on international trade.”
Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated Amrita Narlikar on her selection as the GIGA’s new president, saying, “With her selection, an excellent scholar with noteworthy international expertise will lead the research institute. For 50 years the GIGA has been making significant contributions to the formulation of German foreign policy. At the same time, the institute has established itself as an outstanding location for internationally oriented social science research, and one that also attracts highly qualified young academics from around the world. I look forward to continuing the positive collaboration between the Federal Foreign Office and the GIGA, and to expanding it further with the new president in the future. I wish Dr Amrita Narlikar great success in leading the GIGA.”
Hamburg’s Deputy Mayor and Senator of Science and Research, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, said of the appointment: “The Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is extraordinarily pleased that we have jointly managed to secure Dr. Amrita Narlikar as the future president of the GIGA. Amrita Narlikar is a world-class researcher who is internationally renowned in the area of International Relations.” Her academic profile fits exceptionally well with the GIGA, which studies the most important global issues of our time, said Stapelfeldt. “Dr Narlikar’s move to the GIGA will strengthen the GIGA’s position as an independent, federally and state-funded research institute; holds potential for multifaceted collaboration within the academic metropolis of Hamburg; and underscores Hamburg’s internationalism.”
Focus on New Rising Powers
Amrita Narlikar joins the GIGA from the University of Cambridge, where she is the founding director of the renowned Centre for Rising Powers and a Reader in International Political Economy. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford.
Narlikar’s research expertise lies in the areas of rising powers (particularly India), multilateral negotiations, and international trade. Her agenda lends itself directly to insights for policy and practice. For example, her work on the World Trade Organization has offered coalition strategies for developing countries, and also directions for reforming the institution. Her research on international negotiations offers ways in which the West can negotiate more constructively with the rising powers.
Due to the global relevance of her work, Narlikar is often asked to lend her expertise to international organizations and in international negotiations. She served on the first Warwick Commission on the Reform of the Multilateral Trading System, has given expert testimony to the European Parliament, and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. She was invited to guest-edit a special issue of the Chatham House journal International Affairs, on Negotiating the Rise of New Powers, which generated a great deal of interest from scholars and practitioners.
Amrita Narlikar has received many accolades for her work, including several prestigious research grants and prizes, and is an active member of numerous international research teams. She has written or edited nine impactful books, and has also had her research published in leading international journals and prominent edited collections. Her most recent works include Bargaining with a Rising India and The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization. Narlikar serves as referee for numerous international journals, top-league university presses, and several major funding bodies.
From India to Cambridge
Narlikar grew up in India, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) from St Stephen’s College and an M.A. from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 1996. She was subsequently awarded scholarships to study International Relations at Balliol College Oxford, where she received her M.Phil. in 1998 and her D.Phil. in 2000, both in International Relations. Prior to arriving in Cambridge as University Lecturer, she was a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s, Oxford, and held a permanent lectureship at the University of Exeter. She has also held a Visiting Fellowship at Yale University and a Visiting Professorship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Dr Amrita Narlikar’s website at the University of Cambridge:
Centre for Rising Powers website: www.crp.polis.cam.ac.uk/
GIGA website: www.giga-hamburg.de