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.
Dr Mohammad Amir Anwar
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 –
Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Nicolas Friederici, Dr Christopher Foster, Sanna Ojanperä, Dr Mohammad Amir Anwar, Dr Fabian Braesemann, Michel Wahome
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 across the region.
- (2019) "Minimum Wages for Online Labour Platforms? Regulating the Global Gig Economy." In: 'The Digital Transformation of Labor (Open Access): Automation, the Gig Economy and Welfare Larsson, A. and Teigland, R. (eds.)Routledge Studies in Labour Economics. London: Routledge.
- (2019) "The global gig economy: towards a planetary labour markets?" In: 'The Digital Transformation of Labor: Automation, the Gig Economy and Welfare' Larsson, A. and Teigland, R. (eds.)Routledeg Studies in Labour Economics. London: Routledge.
- (2018) "Connecting South Africa: ICTs, Uneven Development and Poverty Debates." In: The Geography of South Africa: Contemporary Changes and New Directions Knight, J. and Rogerson, C. (eds.)World Regional Geography Book Series. Springer.
- (2018) "Two models for a fairer sharing economy" In: The Cambridge Handbook of Law and Regulation of the Sharing Economy Nestor Davidson, John Infranca, and MicheÌle Finck Davidson, N., Infranca, J. and Finck, M. (eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
- (2017) "Digital Labour" In: Digital Geographies Ash, J., Kitchin, R. and Leszczynski, A. (eds.).
- (2019) "Does economic upgrading lead to social upgrading in contact centers? Evidence from South Africa.", African Geographical Review. 38 (3) 209-226.
- (2019) "The global gig economy: Towards a planetary labour market?", First Monday.
- (2017) "Digital Connectivity and African Knowledge Economies", Questions de communication. 32.
- (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) "Indian Foreign Direct Investments in Africa: A Geographical Perspective", Bulletin of Geography. Socio–Economic Series. 26 (26) 35-49.
- (2014) "New Modes of Industrial Manufacturing: India's Experience with Special Economic Zones", Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series. 24 (24) 7-25.
- (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.
- (2017) White people in South Africa still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital. The Conversation.
- (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. The Conversation.
- (2014) UN Security Council’s failure stretches from Syria to Crimea. The Conversation.
- (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.
17 April 2019
Author: Mohammad Anwar
Mark Graham and I have just published a new article in the African Geographical Review. The article’s main argument is that economic upgrading in ... Read More
23 March 2017
Author: Mohammad Anwar
The trade union leaders from across the African continent are coming together to meet in Dakar, Senegal for 4th UNI Africa Regional Conference on March ... Read More
27 February 2017
Author: Mohammad Anwar
This is a short post about the research that I lead into digital work and the digital economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. The work that ... Read More
9 August 2018 The New Statesman
Looking at the current global gig economy through the lens of Karl Marx, it seems that many of his insights on capitalism are still relevant in the contemporary era.
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.