dr. (Jojo) JT Nem Singh


Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Singh is an Assistant Professor in International Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2020, he was awarded the European Research Council Starting Grant (2021-2026) for his research project “Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals: Trans-regional Comparison of Growth Strategies in Rare Earths Mining” (GRIP-ARM). In addition, Jojo held two highly prestigious research fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship Award at the Freie Universitëit Berlin (FUB) in 2017 and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the University of Tokyo in 2016. In 2014, the [International Science Council][]recognised his potential for research excellence by being awarded as a World Social Science Fellow. He held two tenure track posts at the Institute of Political Science in Leiden University (2018-2021) and Department of Geography in the University of Sheffield (2013-2016).

He served as Expert Consultant on several projects with development agencies and international NGOs, including *Publish What You Pay Coalition *(London), *United Nations Development Programme *(Brussels), and *United Nations Research Institute in Social Development *(Geneva). 

Research Achievements


Jojo’s research falls into four main areas of inquiry: (1) political economy of industrial policy and development planning in the global south; (2) politics and governance of natural resources; (3) citizenship and social movements perspectives on democratization; and (4) the developmental consequences of China’s engagement with the global South. 


His total grant capture in 2021 is €2,036,828 in his role as principal investigator, international co-investigator and in fellowship awards. He also organised a total of 10 fully funded international workshops in Leiden, Sheffield, Copenhagen and Tokyo. His work has been funded by the European Research Council, UK Economic and Social Research Council, British International Studies Association, Political Studies Association and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. 


Jojo is the editor of two special issues, [Developmental States beyond East Asia][Developmental States beyond East Asia]* *(book version with [Routledge 2019, 2020][Routledge 2019_ 2020]) with Jesse Ovadia, and [Resource Governance and Norm Domestication in the Developing World][Resource Governance and Norm Domestication in the Developing World]with Kate Macdonald. He is also co-editor of [Demanding Justice in the Global South: Claiming Rights][Demanding Justice in the Global South_ Claiming Rights]* with Jean Grugel, Anders Uhlin and Lorenza Fontana and [Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives][Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South_ Critical International Political Economy Perspectives] *with France Bourgouin. His work has appeared in *Third World Quarterly, Environmental Policy and Governance, Citizenship *Studies, New Political Economy, and Annual Review of Environment and Resources, to name a few.


Jojo welcomes potential Post-doctoral fellows and PhD students interested in political economy, comparative social sciences, and environment-development nexus.

International Institute of Social Studies

Assistant professor | Academic staff unit
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Jojo Nem Singh (16 November 2021) - The Challenge of Securing Access to Minerals for the Green Transition

  • Jojo Nem Singh (2023) - The Wilson Center (External organisation)
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2023) - International Institute for Asian Studies (External organisation)
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - Achieving Responsible Supply of Critical Minerals: Why Mining is Part of the Solution
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - A Conflict of Interest? Minerals and the Renewable Energy Transition
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - Launch of Initiative for a Just Transition in Energy Sector
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - Rare Earths Elements: The Global Supply Chain, A Q&A with an Expert
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - Institute for Policy Studies (External organisation)
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - International Studies Review (Journal)
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2022) - The New Race for Resources: Critical Minerals and the Uncertain Future of Clean Energy Transition
  • Jojo Nem Singh (2021) - International Institute for Asian Studies (External organisation)


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June 2023
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March 2025
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International Studies Review

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June 2023
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June 2026
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3305 Techniques for Case-study Research

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