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SOAS scholars contribute to major BBC Radio 4 programme on human rights

SOAS University of London scholars Alfredo Saad Filho, Professor of Political Economy and Stephen Hopgood, Professor in International Relations contributed to a major two-part BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Are Human Rights Really Universal?’


29th April 2016

SOAS moves up in the world’s elite

SOAS, University of London is moving up among the world’s elite institutions with eleven of its subject areas across a broad range of disciplines now scoring highly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

23rd March 2016

source of water SOAS alumna’s MSc research on water and poverty informs latest film

AGHBALOU - The Source of Water combines a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action to sustain water and fight poverty. The next public screening will be held at Regent Street Cinema, Wednesday 20 January 2016.

6th January 2016

Development Studies hosts award-winning playwright for night of drama

The Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London hosted the award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten last month.

9th December 2015

SOAS scholar secures large grant to research war to peace transitions in South Asia

Jonathan Goodhand,Professor in Conflict and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London has received an ESRC grant worth £450,000 to research war to peace transitions in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

16th October 2015

SOAS student’s ‘excellent piece of research’ wins inaugural dissertation prize

A SOAS student’s dissertation on development interventions in practice has won the Development Studies Association’s (DSA) first ever prize for best dissertation.

1st October 2015

Yoga expert James Mallinson to travel to world’s largest religious festival with actor and friend Dominic West for BBC Four documentary

Dr James Mallinson, SOAS’ resident Yoga expert and lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies, is appearing in a BBC Four documentary (Tuesday 8 September, 10pm) alongside his lifelong friend, acclaimed actor Dominic West (The Wire; BBC’s The Hour), as the two undertake a pilgrimage to the world’s largest religious and human festival, Kumbh Mela.

7th September 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

SOAS scholar to study employment effects of Chinese investments in Africa

Dr Carlos Oya, Reader in the Political Economy of Development at SOAS, University of London has received a DFID-ESRC grant worth £827,017 to assess the employment effects of Chinese firms in sub-Saharan Africa, under the DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme.

2nd June 2015

Development Studies 13th in world and in UK's top ten in latest QS rankings

The Department of Development Studies has been ranked 13th in the world and 7th in the UK, in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

1st May 2015

Africa’s future leaders come together at SOAS to debate governance

The 2015 Governance for Development in Africa Residential School, organised by the SOAS Centre of African Studies in association with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation was hosted at SOAS last month.

30th April 2015

Dr Mo Ibrahim to address Africa's future leaders at SOAS

Mobile communications entrepreneur with a distinguished academic and business career Dr Mo Ibrahim will be the keynote speaker at SOAS, University of London for the annual Governance for Development in Africa Residential School.

23rd March 2015

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