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Nina Kaysser

SOAS, with its renown expertise in regional Studies and an emphasis on looking beyond the disciplinary boundaries of standard economic approaches, provides the ideal research environment to tackle questions of regional development in an interdisciplinary and empirically sound manner.

MPhil Development Studies

My decision to study at SOAS was driven by the urge to understand why some countries are economically better off than others, which evolved during my undergraduate studies in Germany. Dissatisfied with the answers provided by standard economic growth theorists, the MSc in Development Economics at SOAS was the perfect opportunity for me to enquire this question beyond economic theory by analysing the actual experiences and economic developments within countries.

Opting for the regional course on South Asian development, my fascination for India’s social and economic diversity and contradictions was deepened. SOAS, with its renown expertise in regional Studies and an emphasis on looking beyond the disciplinary boundaries of standard economic approaches, provides the ideal research environment to tackle questions of regional development in an interdisciplinary and empirically sound manner.

The past two years at SOAS have been most challenging and stimulating at the same time. Before I came here, I would have never expected to learn as much as I did, even beyond the classroom. The culturally diverse backgrounds, views, and experiences of other SOAS students have broadened my horizon and allowed me to learn something new everyday. SOAS and London have become a second home, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to benefit from this stimulating environment for at least another few years.