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JP Singh

JP Singh
JP Singh
Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy; Director, Institute for International Cultural Relations
22 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
44(0)131 651 1624
Research Interests
International trade and development, Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), Cultural economics, identity politics, Diplomacy, Negotiations, global governance


Professor J.P. Singh (JP) is Chair of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

JP has authored five monographs, edited three books, and published dozens of scholarly articles.  His single authored books include Sweet Talk:  Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, December 2016), Negotiation and the Global Information Economy (Cambridge 2008), and Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011), which won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012.  Edited volumes include Globalization, Culture and Development (Palgrave 2015) and International Cultural Policies and Power (Palgrave 2010).  His current book project is Development 2.0:  How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming).   

JP is editor of the journal Arts and International Affairs and also Stanford's book series on Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy.  He served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology. 

JP was guest editor of a special Issue on "Emerging Powers and the WTO" for the journal International Negotiation (June 2016) and co-editor (with Beth K. Simmons) for a special issue of International Studies Review on “International Relations in the Information Age” (March 2013).

In policy work, JP has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.  He was also co- principal investigator for the official report to the United States President William J. Clinton from the White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 1999-2000. The 300+ page report was titled A People Looking Forward: Action for Access and Partnerships in the 21st Century.  From 2000-2003, he was co-PI for a Development Marketplace Grant from The World Bank, which led to implementing a crafts and technology project for women’s empowerment in District Kangra in North India.

JP has also played a leadership role in several professional organizations including chairing three different sections of the International Studies Association (International Political Economy; International Communication; Science, Technology, Arts and International Affairs-- STAIR) and for six years the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of the  American Political Science Association. 

JP holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. 

Topics interested in supervising

cultural economics and policies; international trade and development; international negotiations and diplomacy; global institutions and governance; information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)

If you are interested in being supervised by JP Singh, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; PhD in Science and Technology Studies; PhD in International Development