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. In 2020, I was awarded the European Research Council Starting Grant (2021-2026) for my research project “Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals: Trans-regional Comparison of Growth Strategies in Rare Earths Mining” (GRIP-ARM). In addition, 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. In 2014, the International Science Council recognised my potential for research excellence by being awarded as a World Social Science Fellow. I held two tenure track posts at the Institute of Political Science in Leiden University (2018-2021) and Department of Geography in the University of Sheffield (2013-2016).

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 am the editor of two special issues, Developmental States beyond East Asia (book version with Routledge 2019, 2020) with Jesse Ovadia, and Resource Governance and Norm Domestication in the Developing World with Kate Macdonald. I am also co-editor of Demanding Justice in the Global South: Claiming Rights with Jean Grugel, Anders Uhlin and Lorenza Fontana and Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives with France Bourgouin. My work has appeared in Third World Quarterly, Environmental Policy and Governance, Citizenship Studies, New Political Economy, and Annual Review of Environment and Resources, to name a few.

I am Filipino by nationality, but have been living in Europe since 2006. I speak English, Tagalog, Portuguese, Spanish, and currently learning Dutch. I received my PhD degree in Politics at the University of Sheffield (UK), Masters in Asian Studies at Lund University (Sweden), and BA in Political Science at the University of the Philippines (Philippines). When not working, I am usually travelling or training Crossfit.

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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