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SOAS Department of Development Studies achieves excellent levels of student satisfaction

97% of the Department’s final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, an improvement of 4% on 2013.  

Particularly high rates of satisfaction were achieved for teaching (97%), up 6% and access to learning resources (93%), up 7%.  

12th August 2014

SOAS scholar to advise UN on social development

The expertise of Guy Standing, Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London will be drawn upon to advise the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

30th July 2014

SOAS scholars join £1 million fieldwork project to explore migration

Three SOAS, University of London scholars will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers for a £1 million fieldwork project exploring rural to urban migration, as part of a new Field Research Programme initiative led by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG).

10th July 2014

Frauke Urban book pic SOAS scholar publishes research on low carbon energy options for emerging economies

Dr Frauke Urban, an environmental scientist at SOAS, University of London explores climate change mitigation options for India and China in her latest book.

19th June 2014

SOAS scholars provide critical perspectives on the links between crisis and migration.

SOAS scholars' book release: As terms like ‘migration crisis’ and ‘crisis migration’ are acquiring increasing currency among policy-makers and academics, Crisis and Migration: Critical Perspectives investigates a series of politically controversial migration situations around the world, from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and East Asia to Europe.

27th May 2014

Research finds Fairtrade fails the poorest workers in Ethiopia and Uganda

Fairtrade certified coffee, tea and flowers do not improve lives of the very poorest rural people in Ethiopia and Uganda, according to a four-year research project conducted by leading development economists at SOAS, University of London. The project studied rural labour markets in areas producing crops for export, under different institutional conditions that included, in some research sites, Fairtrade certification.

24th May 2014

SOAS scholar joins IWRA webinar panel to discuss water, sanitation and hygiene as preventative medicine

Peter Mollinga, Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London recently participated in an International Water Resource Association (IWRA) webinar on water, sanitation and hygiene.

22nd May 2014

World Bank Chief of Staff addresses SOAS students

Yvonne Tsikata, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of the President of the World Bank, addressed SOAS students to discuss the relevancy of the World Bank how it is striving to position itself for a post-2015 world.

16th May 2014

SOAS part of new £7.2m research collaboration to develop metrics for agriculture and nutrition

New partnership wins £7.2m from Department of International Development (DFID) for five-year research project developing scientific evidence to underpin effective policies and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health.

10th April 2014

SOAS scholar secures ESRC/DFID funding for research on parliaments and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia

Dr Emma Crewe, a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has received a grant of £501,930 from an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Department for International Development (DFID) joint fund to research the role of MPs in public engagement and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

10th April 2014

SOAS scholar co-edits special edition of JEAS on Rwanda 20 years after genocide

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University of London has co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Eastern African Studies (JEAS) focusing on Rwanda 20 years after the genocide.

3rd April 2014

SOAS feminist scholar co-organises US event addressing feminist issues in Middle East

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London has co-organised a major workshop in the US to host a range of leading feminist scholars to explore a range of feminist issues in the Middle East.

3rd April 2014

SOAS student explores fashion supply chain through internship scheme

Gabrielle Powell, an MSc Development Studies student at SOAS, University of London, secured an internship with ethical fashion retailer Pants to Poverty where she had the opportunity to put her course theory into practice.

2nd April 2014

SOAS stages Residential School in Mauritius to explore governance and development in Africa

The sixth Residential School will explore issues of governance and development in Africa through an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops later this month.

26th March 2014

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