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Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

CCCAC Members

Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
James Caron
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
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Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-17:00 / Fridays By appointment

Bhavna Davé
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm
Jonathan Goodhand
Chair, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Jonathan Goodhand South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4 (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)

Colette Harris
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
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Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Rachel Harris
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Rachel Harris Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual, music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

B George Hewitt
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
George Hewitt Caucasian languages (especially South and North-West Caucasian) and linguistics; language work
  • Tel: 020 7898 4332
  • Email: gh2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014 (Term 1 only)
Peter P Mollinga
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Peter Mollinga South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By appointment (Term 1only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)

Scott Newton
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Scott Newton Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights
  • Tel: 020 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14
Paolo Novak
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm (Terms 1 & 2) By appointment in Term

Ulrich Pagel
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Ulrich Pagel

History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: 020 7898 4782
  • Email: up1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 338
  • Office Hours: Term 2 - Mondays 3-5pm

Professorial Research Associates

Deniz Kandiyoti
Professorial Research Associate
Deniz Kandiyoti Middle East and Central Asia: gender and development; the state and social policy; feminist theory

Research Associates

Laurence Broers
Research Associate
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Nationalism and ethnicity in the South Caucasus (with a particular focus on Georgia), the ethno-territorial conflicts of the region, and the politics of conflict resolution and democratization

Antonio Giustozzi
Research Associate
Antonio Giustozzi

Afghanistan Politics + Society, Statebuilding, Internal Conflict


Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Research Associate
Diana Ibanez Tirado

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus
Research Associate
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Research Associate

Alisher Ilkhamov
Research Associate
Alisher Ilkhamov Islamic movements, Nationalism and National Identity, Nation-State Building in Central Asia

Anna Larson
Research Associate
Anna Larson
Anna Zelkina
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette Islamic studies, with special reference to Islam in the Caucasus and Central Asia, Islamic mysticism in the 13-20 century AD (the history of the Naqshbandi and Qadiri Sufi orders), social and political history of the Northern Caucasus, Post-Soviet transformation in the Caucasus and Central Asia