Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Durham University and founding Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, an ideas-based interdisciplinary think-tank. The Institute catalyses new research at Durham, has a prestigious Fellowship programme, and is active in promoting public and policy engagement. Professor Amin has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at a number of European Universities. He has been founding co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy, and is currently associate editor of City, and on the advisory board of a number of international journals. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Life Corresponding member of the Italian Institute of Geographers, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the British Academy. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Edward Heath Prize in 1998 for contributions to research on Europe. One of the UK’s most celebrated urbanists, Professor Amin is known for his work on the geographies of modern living, for example thinking urban and regional society as relationally and materially constituted; and globalisation as an everyday process that thoroughly reconstitutes meanings of the local. He has also contributed to thinking on the economy as a cultural entity, while his writings on multiculturalism have helped change policy work on the management of ethnic diversity. He has (co) authored or (co) edited 17 books and (co) written over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His most recent books include: Cities: Re-imagining the Urban (with Nigel Thrift, , Polity,2002); Architectures of Knowledge: Firms, Capabilities and Communities (with Patrick Cohendet, Oxford University Press, 2004); The Blackwell Cultural Economy Reader (edited with Nigel Thrift, Blackwell, 2005); Community, Economic Creativity and Organization (edited with Joanne Roberts, Oxford University Press, 2008); The Social Economy: International Perspectives on Economic Solidarity (edited, Zed Books, 2009). He is currently completing two books. The first, under revision for Duke University Press, is on politics as world-making capacity (with Nigel Thrift). The second considers the implications of affective ties to things and distant communities on senses of place and belonging.