Amir’s research focus is on the political economy of neoliberal globalisation in the Global South, mainly in India and Africa, with a particular interest on the growth of knowledge economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and its developmental impacts.email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amir has a Ph.D in Geography from Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a Trinity Research Studentship for his Ph.D and also received a grant from the Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies. Before joining the OII he worked as a Research Assistant at Trinity College Dublin, for an Irish Research Council funded project on the role of information and communication technologies in enterprise development and industrial change in Africa. Thereafter, he joined the University of Johannesburg as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in 2014. At UJ, he looked at the political economy of Indian engagements in Africa.
Amir has extensive experience of conducting research fieldwork both in India and Africa.
At the OII he works on the Geonet project, which investigates the changing connectivities associated with the rise of a knowledge economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and the role it plays in African development. His work focuses on digital work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Political Economy of Globalisation, Development Geography, Economic Geography, African Political Economy, Indian Political Economy, Information and Communications Technology, International Financial Institutions, Foreign direct Investments, Global Governance, International Relations/Diplomacy, Income Inequality, Poverty and the Poor, Social Movements, Research Design and Methods
Positions held at the OII
- Researcher, December 2015 –
GeoNet: Internet Geographies: Changing Connectivities and the Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Knowledge Economy
Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Clarence Singleton, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Nicolas Friederici, Dr Christopher Foster, Sanna Ojanperä, Dr Mohammad Amir Anwar
This research project is examining the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies at a time of changing connectivity and Internet access acros the region.
- (2016) "Bringing globalization to the countryside: Special Economic Zones in India", Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 37 (2) 121-138.
- (2014) "The Diffusion and Impacts of Information and Communication Technology on Tourism in the Western Cape, South Africa", Urban Forum. 25 (4) 531-545.
- (2014) "New modes of industrial manufacturing: India’s experience with special economic zones", Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series. 24 (24).
- (2014) "Indian foreign direct investments in Africa: a geographical perspective", Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series. 26 (26).
- (2013) Book Review, Mace, A (2013) City Suburbs: Placing Suburbia in a Post-suburban World, London: Routledge. RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group. Royal Geographical Society, Urban Geography Research Group.
- (2011) Book Review, Banarjee-Guha (2010) Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order, New Delhi: Sage. RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group.. Royal Geographical Society, Urban Geography Research Group.
- (2016) Low income and high competition: digital jobs in a neoliberal age. Union Solidarity International.
- (2015) The lesser known story of India’s role in Ethiopian land deals. The Conversation.
- (2015) Why south-south co-operation is a myth when it comes to BRICS and Africa.
- (2014) UN Security Council’s failure stretches from Syria to Crimea.
- (2013) Book Review of: A. Mace (2013) City Suburbs: Placing Suburbia in a Post-suburban World, London: Routledge.. Royal Geographical Society, IBG Urban Geography Research Group.
- (2011) Book Review of: Banerjee-Guha, S. (2010) Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the new Global Order, Sage. Royal Geographical Society, IBG Urban Geography Research Group..
1 April 2016 Union Solidarity International
Amir Anwar discusses the impact of digital work platforms such as Upwork on working lives, and debunks the idea that digital jobs are an easy solution to poverty.