Dr. A.M. (Andrew) Fischer

Andrew Fischer
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr. Andrew M. Fischer is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), and laureate of the European Research Council Starting Grant, which he won in the 2014 round. He is also the founding editor of the book series of the UK and Ireland Development Studies Association, published by Oxford University Press, entitled Critical Frontiers of International Development Studies, and editor at the journal Development and Change. His forthcoming book, Poverty as Ideology, won the 2015 International Studies in Poverty Prize, awarded by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP).

Dr. Fischer’s research and teaching are centrally concerned with the role of redistribution in development at local, regional and global scales. He examines this with respect to three strands: financial and fiscal processes; social policy (as one of the principle policy areas where redistribution is enacted at national scales); and productive development policy. These three strands are represented, for instance, by his current ERC Starting Grant is on “The Political Economy of Externally Financing Social Policy in Developing Countries,” which focuses on the emerging social protection agenda among donors in seven countries (Ecuador, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia, Cambodia and Philippines). His earlier work on the impact of Chinese regional development policies in the Tibetan areas of Western China (encompassing five provinces) also examined regional redistribution at a sub-national scale, in particular with respect to some of the dark sides of redistribution, and is well known for its critical engagement with concepts of social exclusion and marginalisation.

At ISS, Dr. Fischer led the establishment of the MA major in Social Policy for Development, which he convened from 2012 to 2014. He also convened the specialisation in Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis from 2009 to 2012. He has worked with and advised various multilateral agencies and NGOs, including UNRISD, UNW, UNDP, UNICEF, UNECOSOC, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, and he has been involved in development studies or working in developing countries for 30 years, including seven years living and working in India and Nepal prior to his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Key Publications (13)

  • A.M. Fischer (2015). mi 'bor (Tibetan translation of 'Population'). In A-M. Blondeau & K. Buffetrille (Eds.), bod don dag skyel, rgya nag gzhung gi dri gzhi brgya la dris lan (Tibetan translation of Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's 100 Questions) (Lo rgyus deb 'phreng, 18) (pp. 217-254). Dharamsala, H.P., India: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (original by University of California Press)
  • A.M. Fischer (2015). Economic Restructuring and Labor Market Reforms in Amdo, Qinghai: Insights into Contemporary Tibetan-Muslim Conflict. In M-P. Hille, B. Horlemann & P.K. Nietupski (Eds.), Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society: Multidisciplinary Approaches (Studies in Modern Tibetan Culture) (pp. 207-227). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
  • A.M. Fischer (2015). dpal 'byor kong 'phel (Tibetan translation of 'Economic Development'). In A-M. Blondeau & K. Buffetrille (Eds.), bod don dag skyel, rgya nag gzhung gi dri gzhi brgya la dris lan (Tibetan translation of Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's 100 Questions) (Lo rgyus deb 'phreng, 18) (pp. 389-463). Dharamsala, H.P., India: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (original by University of California Press)
  • A.M. Fischer (2014). Labour Transitions and Social Inequalities in Tibet and Xinjiang: a comparative analysis of the structural foundations of discrimination and protest. In T Brox & I Bellér-Hann (Eds.), On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China (NIAS Studies in Asian Topics) (pp. 29-67). Copenhagen: NIAS Press [go to publisher's site]
  • A.M. Fischer (2014). The Social Value of Employment and the Redistributive Imperative for Development. In K Malik (Ed.), Safeguarding Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities, Building Resistance (pp. 81-149). New York: UNDP Human Development Report Office
  • A.M. Fischer (2013). The Political within the Depoliticised: Poverty Measurement and Implicit Agendas in the MDGs. In M Langford, A Sumner & A.E. Yamin (Eds.), The MDGs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (pp. 119-142). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
  • A.M. Fischer (2012). Introduction. In K. Bauer, G. Childs, S. Craig & A.M. Fischer (Eds.), Development transitions: land, labor and social policy in Tibet (pp. vi-x). Kathmandu: Himal Books (for Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies)
  • A.M. Fischer (2012). The great transformation of Tibet? Rapid labor transitions in time of rapid growth in the Tibet Autonomous Region. In K. Bauer, G. Childs, S. Craig & A.M. Fischer (Eds.), Development transitions: land, labor and social policy in Tibet (pp. 124-157). Kathmandu: Himal Books (for Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies)
  • A.M. Fischer (2012). The perils of paradigm maintenance in the face of crisis. In P. Utting, S. Razavi & R. Buchholz (Eds.), The global crisis and transformative social change (pp. 43-62). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • A.M. Fischer (2011). Chinese savings gluts or northern financialisation? The ideological expediency of crisis narratives. In P.A.G. Bergeijk, A..de Haan & R..van.der Hoeven (Eds.), The financial crisis and developing countries : a global multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 85-100). Cheltenham [etc.]: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). Livelihood of the people. In Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffetrille (Eds.), Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's One-Hundred Questions (pp. 298-301). Berkeley: University of California Press
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). Population. In Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffetrille (Eds.), Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's One-Hundred Questions (pp. 133-155). Berkeley: University of California Press
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). The Muslim Cook, the Tibetan Client, his Lama and their Boycott: Modern religious discourses of anti-Muslim economic activism in Amdo. In Toni Huber & Fernanda Pirie (Eds.), Conflict and social order in Tibet and Inner Asia (pp. 159-192). Leiden: Brill
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). Economic development. In Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffetrille (Eds.), Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's One-Hundred Questions (pp. 239-279). Berkeley: University of California Press
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). Population. In Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffetrille (Eds.), Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's One-Hundred Questions . Berkeley: University of California Press
  • A.M. Fischer (2008). Tibet. In Sara Daniel (Ed.), Guerres D'aujourd'hui: Pourquoi ces conflits? Peut-on les resoudre? (pp. 407-453) Paris: Editions De La Villa

Editorial positions (3)

  • Development and Change

    Editor

  • Journal of International Development

    Editorial Board

  • Oxford University Press

    Founding Editor

Side positions (3)

  • Tibet Governance Project, Elliot School of International Affaires, George Washington University, Washington DC, US

    Research Associate

  • Journal of China in Comparative Perspective

    Executive Editor

  • Centre for Development Research and Practice, SOAS, U of London

    Research Partner


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