Dr. Andrew M. Fischer

Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies


Dr. Andrew M. Fischer is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), and laureate of the European Research Council Starting Grant, which he won in the 2014 round. He is also the founding editor of a new book series recently signed with Oxford University Press entitled Critical Frontiers of International Development Studies. Dr. Fischer’s research and teaching are located at the intersections of development studies and social policy. His current ERC Starting Grant is on the political economy of externally financing social policy in developing countries, with a focus on the emerging social protection agenda among donors. The objective of the research is to deepen our understanding of the systemic political and economic challenges facing global redistribution towards poorer countries. His earlier work on the impact of Chinese regional development policies in the Tibetan areas of Western China (encompassing five provinces) is also well known for its critical engagement with concepts of social exclusion and marginalization within a context of rapid growth and socioeconomic transformation, viewed in particular through the interaction of changing education and employment systems. At ISS, Dr. Fischer led the establishment of the MA major in Social Policy for Development, which he convened from 2012 to 2014. He also convened the specialization in Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis from 2009 to 2012 and he is part of the Management Team of the Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population research programme, representing the sub-theme on Critical Research in Social Policy. He has worked with and advised various multilateral agencies and NGOs, including UNRISD, UNW, UNDP, UNICEF, UNECOSOC, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. More generally, he has over 25 years of experience working in or on developing countries, including in China, South Asia and Central America. He spent seven years living and working on education initiatives with refugees in South Asia prior to his PhD at the London School of Economics.