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SOAS’ Department of Development in UK top ten for research quality

The Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London has been ranked 8th nationally for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with more than 60% of research judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The Department is ranked 14th in the UK overall.

22nd December 2014

Gbagba SOAS PhD student and author of anti-corruption primer Gbagba launches book promotion to help children in Liberia impacted by Ebola

In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, SOAS, University of London PhD scholar, Robtel Neajai Pailey, has teamed up with publisher One Moore Book (OMB) and the Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) for a special promotion of her anti-corruption children’s book Gbagba.

8th December 2014

SOAS student playwright’s production on Olaudah Equiano to cap off Black History Month season at historic National Trust venue

SOAS student Adam Tulloch, BA History, will be directing his original piece entitled Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African from 26-29 November at the National Trust’s Sutton House in east London.

4th November 2014

SOAS Radio Director co-produces and develops lyrics for song about Ebola

Carlos Chirinos, Director of SOAS Radio at SOAS, University of London has co-produced and developed the key messages in a song raising awareness about Ebola in Africa, sung by a collective of African musicians.

31st October 2014

Kallis Visiting Professor joins SOAS to help develop political ecology research

Professor Giorgos Kallis, a leading political ecologist at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to join the department of Development Studies for a period of one year beginning in January 2015.

22nd October 2014

SOAS scholar to co-lead research on health and sustainability aspects of palm oil in project funded by Wellcome Trust

Bhavani Shankar, Professor of International Food, Agriculture and Health at SOAS, University of London has secured a grant from the Wellcome Trust to co-lead a pilot research project on health and sustainability aspects of palm oil.

30th September 2014

SOAS scholar to address US audience on counterterrorist strategy and humanitarian action

Dr Laura Hammond, Head of Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London will address an invited audience on counterterrorist strategy and humanitarian action for a series of American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) events in Boston, Washington DC and New York this week.

1st September 2014

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

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