About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in International Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. I have recently been appointed as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Programme and part of the Expert Roster at the Wahba Institute for Strategic Cooperation. Additionally, I am an Affiliate Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). In 2020, the European Research Council Starting Grant (2021-2026) was awarded to me for a five-year research project Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals: A Trans-regional Comparison of Growth Strategies in Rare Earths Mining (GRIP-ARM). Apart from these achievements, I held two highly prestigious research fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship Award at the Freie Universitëit Berlin (FUB) in 2017 and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)  at the University of Tokyo in 2016. My most recent publications include Business of the State: Why State Ownership Matters for Resource Governance (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press) and ‘The Politics of Designing and Negotiating Industrial Policy in the 21st Century (Forthcoming, Third World Quarterly).

I currently sit as a Member of the International Advisory Board for the Rare Earths Elements and Just Transition Project based at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.

I served as Expert Consultant on several projects with development agencies and international NGOs, including Publish What You Pay Coalition (London), United Nations Development Programme (Brussels), and United Nations Research Institute in Social Development (Geneva).

Research Achievements

My research falls into four main areas of inquiry: (1) political economy of industrial policy and development planning in the global south; (2) politics and governance of natural resources; (3) citizenship and social movements perspectives on democratization; and (4) the developmental consequences of the rise of China.

My total grant capture in 2021 is €2,036,828 in his role as principal investigator, international co-investigator and in fellowship awards. I also organised a total of 10 fully funded international workshops in Leiden, Sheffield, Copenhagen and Tokyo. My work has been funded by the European Research Council, UK Economic and Social Research Council, British International Studies Association, Political Studies Association and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

I welcome potential Post-doctoral fellows and PhD students interested in political economy, comparative social sciences, and environment-development nexus.

You can download my CV here. Please do not hesitate to contact me at nemsingh@iss.nl.

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