Global Advisors

Global Advisors provide advice to the Institute on issues concerning research directions, methodological developments and scholarly trends. The group comprises renowned scholars whose work represents a critical aspect of the Institute's research. Their involvement in the Institute signifies its global connections.

Professor Nausheen H. Anwar 

Professsor Nausheen H. Anwar

Nausheen H. Anwar is the Founder & Director of Karachi Urban Lab (KUL) and Professor of City & Regional Planning at the School of Economics & Social Sciences (SESS), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. She received her PhD in City & Regional Planning from Columbia University, USA. She has held postdoctoral positions at Harvard University (USA) and at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University Singapore (Singapore). Nausheen also holds a joint appointment as a Senior Fellow, Cities Cluster, at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. Nausheen’s research looks at the interactions between vulnerability, climate change impacts - e.g., heat (extreme, chronic), urban flooding - and post-colonial histories/contexts of infrastructural violence, land displacement and anti-poor urban planning in the urban Global South.  She is particularly interested in understanding the multi-dimensional risks and uncertainties that arise from these interactions, and the gendered/intersectional implications and impacts on urban systems, people, and public health. She is also interested in understanding how the environment/climate has been represented in the post-colonial, mid-20th century, modern architectural practice/thought.  Nausheen is the recipient of grants from various institutions: IDRC, UKRI/GCRF, ESRC-AHRC, British Academy, ICRC, and RSA. She has published widely in academic journals such as Antipode, Urban Studies, South Asian History & Culture, EPW and Political Geography; and written articles for national and international media such as Dawn, Prism, MIT Technology Review Pakistan, The Conversation, and Huffington Post. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Board (TAG), World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization (WHO-WMO) for understanding the risks to health from indoor overheating. Nausheen is deeply committed to public outreach to advance the understanding of global-urban issues to foster the development of humane and politically inclusive cities.

Marisol de la Cadena 

Professor Marisol de la Cadena

Professor Marisol de la Cadena (opens in a new window) is a Professor of Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Davis. Located at the interface between STS and non-STS, and working through what she calls “ontological openings” (fellow traveler of but different from what has been termed “ontological turn”), Professor de la Cadena's interests include the study of politics, multispecies (or multi-entities), indigeneity, history and the a-historical, world anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas her concern is the relationship between concepts and methods, and interfaces as analytical sites. More prosaically, Professor de la Cadena is interested in ethnographic concepts – those that blur the distinction between theory and the empirical because they are not without the latter. Professor de la Cadena's first book, Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1910-1991, (2000) is an historical and ethnographic analysis of race relations in the Andes. Her recent book Earth Beings. Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (2015) is based on conversations with two Quechua speaking men that lived in Cuzco (Peru).

Eve Darian-Smith 

Professor Eve Darian-Smith

Eve Darian-Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California Irvine, USA. Trained as a lawyer, historian and anthropologist, she is interested in issues of postcolonialism, human rights, legal pluralism, and global theory. She has published widely including eleven books and edited volumes, with two of her books winning major book prizes.

Her most recent book is The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies (2017). She is on six editorial boards including the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Social & Legal StudiesNew Global Studies, Beijing Law Review, and she is a former Associate Editor of American Ethnologist and the Law & Society Review.

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Professor John Erni

John Nguyet Erni is Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities, and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2017, he was elected President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. Erni’s wide-ranging work traverses international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth consumptionculturein Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health.

He is the author or editor of nine academic titles, most recently Law and Cultural Studies: A Critical Rearticulation of Human Rights (Routledge, 2019).

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Associate Professor Martin Fredriksson

Martin Fredriksson is Associate Professor at the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture (ISAK), Linköping University, Sweden. In the past he has conducted research about the cultural history of copyright as well as the social and political implications of media piracy. His work on piracy has, so far, resulted in two books, Piracy: Leakages of Modernity (Litwin Press) and Property, Place and Piracy (Routledge), both coedited with James Arvanitakis.

From 2015 to 2018 he ran an EU project on ‘Commons and Commodities’ that explored privatisation of common resources, spanning from extraction of natural resources, through biopiracy and exploitation of indigenous knowledge to recent debates about the enclosure of the information commons. The project included studies of mining and coal seam gas extraction in NSW and was partly conducted at ICS.

Jennifer Gabrys 

Professor Jennifer Gabrys

Jennifer Gabrys (opens in a new window) is Chair in Media, Culture and Environment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently Principal Investigator on the project AirKit, and she leads the Citizen Sense project, both funded by the European Research Council. She is the author of Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (2016); and Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (2011), and co-editor of Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic (Routledge, 2013). Her forthcoming books include How to Do Things with Sensors (University of Minnesota Press Forerunners series). Her work can be found at and

Jeroen de Kloet 

Professor Jeroen de Kloet

Jeroen de Kloet (opens in a new window) is Professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam, and is affiliated to the Beijing Film Academy. His work focuses on cultural globalisation, in particular in the context of East Asia. He is the principal investigator of a project funded by the European Grant Council (ERC), entitled “From Made in China to Created in China. A Comparative Study of Creative Practice and Production in Contemporary China.” In 2010 he published China with a Cut - Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music (Amsterdam UP). Together with Yiu Fai Chow, he wrote Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image (Intellect, 2013, a Chinese translation of which was published by Chinese University of Hong Kong Press) and, together with Lena Scheen, he edited Spectacle and the City – Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture (Amsterdam UP, 2013). With Anthony Fung, he published Youth Cultures in China (Polity 2017, translated into Korean), and with Esther Peeren, Robin Celikates and Thomas Poell, he edited Global Cultures of Contestation (Palgrave McMillan 2018). See also China Creative (opens in a new window).

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Professor Joyce C.H. Liu

Joyce C.H. Liu (opens in a new window) is Chair Professor and director of the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies (SRCS_NCTU (opens in a new window)), the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS_NCTU (opens in a new window)), and the International Program of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies of the University System of Taiwan (IACS_UST (opens in a new window)). She was the founding director of the first Comparative Literature Program in Fu Jen Catholic University in 1994, the founding director of SRCS_NCTU in 2001, and ICCS_NCTU in 2013, and the president of the Cultural Studies Association in Taiwan ( 2002-2004). Her current research covers critical political theory and critical studies of Inter-Asian societies, including biopolitics, border politics, migration, unequal citizens, critical logistics, new colonialism, internal colonialism, and epistemic decolonial project.

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Associate Professor Manuel Tironi

Manuel Tironi is Associate Professor and convener of the Critical Studies on the Anthropocene group within the Instituto de Sociología at P. Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also principal investigator at the Center for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Reduction (CIGIDEN) and the Millennium Research Nucleus on Energy and Society (NUMIES). He works at the intersection of environmental sociology, science studies, and political theory to think about ecologies of practice and political conflicts in and with more-than-human worlds. His latest projects have engaged with issues of toxicity, environmental justice, disaster cultures, citizen science, and geological modes of knowing, and he is currently leading a research initiative on Indigenous knowledge and geoclimatic disruptions. His most recent articles have been published in Society and Animals, Sociological Review, Geoforum, and Science Technology & Human Values, and he is co-editor (with Israel Rodríguez-Giralt and Michael Guggenheim) of Disasters and Politics: Materials, Experiments, Preparedness (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), winner of the 2015 Amsterdamska Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Email metironi@uc.c


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