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dr. Andrew Fischer

dr. Andrew Fischer

Academic Staff Unit

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Associate Professor in Population, Poverty and Development Studies

 

T: +31 70 4260599

E: fischer@remove-this.iss.nl

Room: 4.28


 

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Professional experience

Associate Professor in Population, Poverty and Development Studies
University Erasmus University Rotterdam
School International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Department Academic Staff Unit
Url http://www.iss.nl/fischer
   

Research

Dr. Andrew M. Fischer is Associate Professor in Population, Poverty and Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and Laureate of the European Research Council Starting Grant, which he won in the 2014 round. 

A development economist and demographer by training, and an interdisciplinary social scientist by conviction, his research explores the interrelationships between economic development, structural transformation, and the political economy of poverty, inequality, and redistribution.

His current ERC Starting Grant focuses on the political economy of externally financing social policy in developing countries, focusing on the emerging social protection agenda among donors. The research deploys a mixed-method comparative case study of six developing countries (two each in Asia, Africa and Latin America), combining quantitative analysis of balance of payments and financing constraints with qualitative process tracing based on elite interviews and documentary research. The objective is to re-orient our thinking on the external financing of social policy for a deeper appreciation of the systemic political and economic challenges facing global redistribution towards poorer countries, particularly with respect to the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals. He first published on this theme of global issues of redistribution in 2009 (“Putting Aid in its Place”), based on a paper that was awarded Best Paper by the Journal of International Development and Wiley at the 2008 conference of the UK Development Studies Association.

Fischer’s earlier focus has been on regional development strategies in Western China and their impact on minorities, examined through a structuralist macroeconomic, demographic and political economy lens, and involving almost two years of fieldwork in western China. This work culminated in his 2014 book, which is cross-listed in the prestigious book series of the Weatherhead Institute of East Asian studies at Columbia University. 

More generally, he has over 25 years of experience working in or on developing countries, including in China, South Asia and Central America. He spent seven years living and working on education initiatives with refugees in South Asia prior to his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Publications

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  • Fischer, A.M. (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. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/50116[go to publisher's site]
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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). http://himalbooks.com/shop/products/Development-Transitions%3A-Land,-Labor-and-Social-Policy-in-Tibet.html
  • Fischer, A.M. (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). http://himalbooks.com/shop/products/Development-Transitions%3A-Land,-Labor-and-Social-Policy-in-Tibet.html
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/23718
  • Fischer, A.M. (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. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/23717
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/23716
  • Fischer, A.M. (2008). Population. In Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffetrille (Eds.), Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's One-Hundred Questions. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Fischer, A.M. (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.
  • Fischer, A.M. & Kothari, U. (Eds.). (2011). Journal of International Development, 2011(virtual issue: Resillience in an unequal capitalist world).[go to publisher's site]
  • Bauer, K., Childs, G., Fischer, A.M. & Craig, S. (Eds.). (2011). Himalaya. The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 30(1-2).
  • Fischer, A.M. & Kothari, U. (Eds.). (2011). Journal of International Development, 23(6 (special issue for DSA 2010)).
  • Fischer, A.M. & Kothari, U. (Eds.). (2011). Journal of International Development.
  • Wood, G., Kothari, U. & Fischer, A.M. (Eds.). (2010). Journal of International Development, 23(6).
  • Wood, G., Kothari, U. & Fischer, A.M. (Eds.). (2010). Journal of International Development.
  • Fischer, A.M. (Ed.). (2009). DevISSues, 11(1).
  • Fischer, A.M., Bauer, Ken & Childs, Geoff (Eds.). (2008). Journal of International Association of Tibetan Studies, 2008(4).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2014). La grande transformation du Tibet : les changements économiques et sociaux des trente dernières années. In K. Buffetrille (Ed.), Tibet 1980-2014: Compte rendu de la journée de conférences organisée au Sénat le 24 mai 2014 (pp. 10-15). Paris: Sénat de France.
  • Fischer, A.M. (2009). The Perils of Paradigm Maintenance in the Face of Crisis. In UNRISD conference on the “Social and Political Dimensions of the Global Crisis: Implications for Developing Countries". Geneva: UNRISD.
  • Fischer, A.M. (2014). The Great Transformation and the Redistributive Imperative for Development. 13th International Karl Polanyi Conference 'The Enduring Legacy of Karl Polanyi': Montreal, Canada (2014, november 06 - 2014, november 08).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2014). Inequality, Vulnerability, and the Relative Condition of Modern Poverty. 14th EADI General Conference 'Responsible Development in a Polycentric World': Bonn (2014, juni 23 - 2014, juni 26).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2012). Reviving the capital controversies for poverty studies: post-Keynesian perspectives and the fallacy of productivity reductionism. Heterodox Economics Perspectives on Poverty: City University London, London, UK (2012, november 16).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2012). The changing grounds of aid effectiveness: implications of OECD aid as a financial flow amidst global imbalances. OECD/LSE Seminar: 'The OECD Development Assistance Committee: Looking towards the future. What can we learn from the past?': London School of Economics, London, UK (2012, december 06).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2011). The great transformation of Tibet and Xinjiang. Conference: Challenging the harmonious society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in socialist China, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies: Copenhagen (2011, mei 20 - 2011, mei 21).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2011). Demographic perspectives on agrarian transformations and 'surplus populations': supply-side banalities versus redistributive imperatives. Agrarian transformation and surplus population in the global South: revisting agraian questions and labour, closed workshop IDAS-LDPI: The Hague (2011, mei 02).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2011). The implications of aid as a financial flow amidst global imbalances. Conference: Rethinking development in an age of scarcity and uncertainty, York University: York (2011, september 19 - 2011, september 22).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2011). The demographic imperative of scaling up social protection. Social protection for social justice, Centre for Social Protection, Institute Development Studies: Brighton (2011, april 13 - 2011, april 15).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2008). Looking to the Pioneers for a Path through the Meta-Narratives: structuralist insights for current debates on aid and development" (Paper presented at Conference on Development 's Invisible Hands held at UK Development Studies Association, London, 8 November 2008). Conference on Development's Invisible Hands, UK Development Studies Association London: (2008, november 08).
  • Fischer, A.M. (2007). A theory of polarisation,exclusion and conflict within disempowered development: the case of contemporary Tibet in China. Doctoral thesis: London.