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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

CISD Members

Academic Members

Dan Plesch
Director of CISD and Reader
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Stephanie Blankenburg
Staff Silhouette Growth theory, economic and institutions, history of economic analysis, development in Latin America.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
  • Email: sb123@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 264
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1pm

Charles Chatterjee
Tutor/Convenor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives T2
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Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
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Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 533
  • Office Hours: Thurs 3:30 to 5:00

Harald Heubaum
Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy
Harald Haubaum

Energy and climate policy in the EU, US and emerging economies, particularly in South East Asia; climate finance; global and regional energy markets; low-carbon energy technologies; urban resource governance; global public policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
  • Email: hh15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4431
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Stephen Hopgood
Reader in International Relations
Stephen Hopgood International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Jaana Karhilo
Convenor of General Diplomatic Studies and Practice
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Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays 5-7pm and Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm

Peter Muchlinski
Professor of Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
Peter Muchlinski The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.
Yonit Manor-Percival
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives T2
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Dr. Percival specialises in the interface between law, society and corporations within the framework of the global political economy, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). She completed her PhD research in international investment protection law at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis employs a multidisciplinary approach, including critical and post-colonial theory, political economy and legal analysis, to unpack the PRC ‘harmonious world’ paradigm. The thesis examines this paradigm through the lens of the global and China’s own bilateral investment treaties program, considering the way it both challenges as well as reinforces the global neoliberal order.


Sutha Nadarajah
Lecturer in International Relations
Sutha Nadarajah

International Relations theory, international security; global public policy; North-South relations; civil wars; peace processes; peacebuilding; securitized development; politics of the ‘War on Terror’, international financial regulation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: sn22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Research leave 2013/14
J. Simon Rofe
Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director
J. Simon Rofe

Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters distance learning programme.  Prior to joining SOAS he was Distance Learning Director at the University of Leicester managing a suite of four International Relations Programmes.


Pallavi Roy
Lecturer in International Economics
Pallavi Roy

Political economy researcher and PhD candidate with ten years of experience covering policy, infrastructure and metallic commodities as a financial journalist in India. Experience also includes political economy research on south Asia as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a business and political risk consultancy in London, as a region specialist.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: pr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm
Leslie Vinjamuri
Member
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15

Thomas Weiss
Research Professor
Thomas Weiss

Prof Thomas G. Weiss joined the Centre in 2012 as Research Professor working with Dr Plesch on their project looking at the implications of the alliance of United Nations during WW2 and prior to the UN Charter for Twenty First Century policy.


Research Associates

Richard Al-Qaq
Research Associate
Richard Al Qaq

Richard Kareem Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Politics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

John Ashton CBE
Professorial Research Associate
John Ashton

John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. He is also well known for the role he has played in climate diplomacy.


Jack Blum
Research Associate
Jack Blum
Martin Butcher
Research Associate
Martin Butcher

Martin Butcher is a policy advisor on arms and conflict for Oxfam.


David Fisk
Research Associate
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David Fisk is holder of the Laing O’Rourke Chair in Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College. He previously held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair at Imperial College London in Engineering for Sustainable Development. At Imperial he is Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and is a co-director of the BP Urban Energy Systems Program. He is a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and serves as a Non-Executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Isabel Hilton OBE
Research Associate
Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster. She is founder and editor of chinadialogue, an independent, non-profit organization based in London, Beijing and San Francisco.


Zidane Meriboute
Research Associate
Zidane Meriboute

Currently, Zidane holds the position of Senior Consultant within the ICRC Unit in charge of the contacts with the religious leaders in Africa.

His research interests are: Islamism, Sufism and Evangelism in Africa; The nature of modern Islamic States.

Dimi Reider
Research Associate
Dimi Reider

Dimi Reider is an Israeli journalist whose work has appeared, among other venues, in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Haaretz and The Guardian. Dimi is a co-founder of +972 Magazine and a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His translation of Yehouda Shenhav's "Beyond the Two States Solution" was published by Polity Press in 2012.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Paul Schulte
Research Associate
Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, as well as being a Research Associate in the Disarmament and Globalisation Program at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Peter Slinn
Research Associate
Peter Slinn

Currently, Peter is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame (London Law Centre), and joint General Editor of the Law Reports of the Commonwealth, (Butterworths LexisNexis) the 100th volume of which was published in 2009. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Judicial Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.


Tutors

Rachel Chambers
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives T2
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Rachel is a barrister who has worked in private practice at Cloisters chambers in London for ten years specialising in employment, discrimination, equality and human rights law. Rachel has held research roles at Monash University (Melbourne) on their "Human Rights Responsibilities of Multinational Corporations" project and in a pro bono capacity for Amnesty International Business and Human Rights team. Before being called the Bar, Rachel worked for corporate social responsibility body the International Business Leaders Forum.

Ashley Cox
Teaching Fellow and Associate Tutor - The United Nations in the World
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Ashley Cox has recently completed his PhD viva at the University of Leicester studying the Wilsonian influences on conflicts in American history.


Freya Irani
Convenor - International Security
Senior Teaching Fellow
Freya-Irani
Felicia Jackson
PhD Candidate
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Vino Kanapathipillai
Teaching Fellow
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Tutor - General Diplomatic Studies & Practice
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

Security, South Asia, International Law, Political and Legal Philosophy


Mark Kersten
Tutor - General Diplomatic Studies & Practice
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Danisha Kazi
Tutor - International Economics
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Feja Lesniewska
Tutor - Global Energy & Climate Policy
Feja Lesniewska

Currently Feja is finalising her PhD on International Law and Forests. She holds an MA in International Legal Studies (Distinction) from SOAS and MSC in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law - 226, CISD - 4433
  • Office Hours: LAW - 11-12:30, 226
Yonit Manor-Percival
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives T2
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Dr. Percival specialises in the interface between law, society and corporations within the framework of the global political economy, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). She completed her PhD research in international investment protection law at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis employs a multidisciplinary approach, including critical and post-colonial theory, political economy and legal analysis, to unpack the PRC ‘harmonious world’ paradigm. The thesis examines this paradigm through the lens of the global and China’s own bilateral investment treaties program, considering the way it both challenges as well as reinforces the global neoliberal order.


Sruthi Muraleedharan
Tutor - International Relations 1 and 2
Sruthi Muraleedharan
Owen Taylor
Tutor - International Security
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives T1
Owen Taylor

Cherry Yu
Tutor - General Diplomatic Studies & Practice
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Administrative Staff

Luke Dillon
Centre Manager
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4830
  • Email: ld17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4436
  • Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm
Michael Butler
Student Support Officer
Michael Butler
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4840
  • Email: mb84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4437
  • Office Hours: 10-6pm (Mon-Fri)

Rohit Gupta
Research and Events Administrator
Rohit Gupta
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4895
  • Email: rg35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4436
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical until 1 March 2015
Kevin Miletic
Research and Events Administrator (interim)
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Saraya Afolabi
Interim Academic Support Officer
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