Former Collaborating Researcher
Andrew Fischer participated in the UNRISD workshop “Gender and Agriculture after Neoliberalism”, contributing a presentation on the demographic dimensions of gender and agrarian change (July 2012). He also presented papers at the workshop The Politics of Poverty and Inequality in 2011 (Geneva), and the 2009 conference Social and Political Dimensions of the Global Crisis: Implications for Developing Countries. He contributed a chapter to the volume The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change (2012).
At the time of his collaboration with UNRISD, Fischer was a Senior Lecturer in Population and Social Policy at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (the Netherlands). His research evolves around marginalized and/or disadvantaged peoples, including issues of poverty, inequality, social exclusion, disadvantage, discrimination, and social conflict, and how these are affected by various patterns of economic growth, modes of social policy provisioning, and aid. Fischer has worked in particular in Western China, and with Tibetan refugees in Nepal and India. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He is also a council member of the Development Studies Association. Notable publications by Andrew Fischer include: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). The great transformation of Tibet? Rapid labor transitions in times of rapid growth in the Tibet autonomous region. Himalaya. The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 30(1-2), 63-77.Fischer, A.M. (2010). Towards genuine universalism within contemporary development policy. IDS Bulletin, 41(1), 36-44.Fischer, A.M. (2008). Subsistence and rural livelihood strategies in Tibet under rapid economic and social transition. Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, 2008(4), 1-49.