SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

PhD Students in the Department of Development Studies


Carolina Alves
Carolina Cristina Alves

Dynamics of the Brazilian Domestic Public Debt: financial trap or a necessity based upon the logic of the financial market (working title)


Giulia Baldinelli
Giulia Baldinelli

Indigenous peoples' migration and agrobiodiversity conservation: exploring connections in the Bolivian Altiplano Norte (provisional title)

Pritish Behuria
Pritish Behuria

The Logic of 'Rational Benevolence': The Political Economy of Dispersing Elites through Privatization and Diversification in Post-1994 Rwanda.










Francesco Formichella
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The Value of the Global Value Chains: Fragmentation of Production, Vertically-Specialized Industrialization, and Uneven Capitalist Development (working title)




Sibylle Herzig van Wees
Sibylle Herzig Van Wees

The Role of Faith Based Health Providers in context of Health Reforms in post-1990 Cameroon

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Mohammad Jahirul Hoque
Mohammad Hoque

Cultural, Political and Economic Mechanisms in the Concurrent Processes of Environmental Degradation and Decline of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh (working title)


Cathy Huser
Catherine Huser

The politics of protection at the micro level of armed conflict: Case studies from the Central African Republic & South Sudan



Neha Kagal
Neha Kagal

Broadly my thesis is looking at the impact of unionization of informal sector women workers in India on bargaining relations within the home, with a specific focus on masculinity.





Eliza Massi
Eliza Massi

Internationalization of Big Business in Brazil and South Africa: Liberalization and Changing State-Business Relations


Musa Mckee
Musa McKee

‘Just Add Water’ - The Alchemy of Authoritarian Rule in Large-Scale Agricultural and Residential Developments in Egyptian Deserts during the Mubarak Era. (working title)


Marco Mogiani
Marco Mogiani

The European and national policies on migration and asylum and their impact on the physiognomy of the port of entries and on the migration patterns in the Greek-Turkish border in the last twenty years. (Working title)



Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy


Keston K. Perry
Keston Perry

Coalitions, capacity and capitalist development: the political dynamics and governance of technological change with specific reference to Trinidad and Tobago







Jo Tomkinson
Joanne Kathryn Tomkinson

National policymaking and the problem of policy space: A review of economic development strategies in Ethiopia and Vietnam (working title)


Bereket Tsegay
Bereket Tsegay

Green Economy for Climate Mitigation and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the Role of Carbon Finance in Ethiopia




Aled Williams
Aled Williams

Shaping Room for Manoeuvre: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation as a Forest Policy Choice in Indonesia (working title)



Recently Completed PhDs
  • Postconflict Borderlands: the Micro-dynamics of Violence in Nepal's Central-Eastern Tarai, 2007-2009 (2014)
  • New Social Movements and Media: The Case of the Justice for Bhopal Movement in India (2014)
    Narratives of Human Rights: Universal Concepts Brought into Focus Through the Lenses of Life Stories - HIV, Stigma and Law in Malawi (2014)
  • Social Boundaries, Political Elite Bargains and (Dis)order in Guinea-Bissau, 1974-1998 (2014)
    'Making our own means': Counter-Narratives in Squatter Memories of Violence, Resistance and Transition in the Western Cape (2014)
  • The Political Economy of the Kurdish Question in Turkey: De-Development in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia (2014)
  • The interface between central and local interests in Malawi's democratic decentralisation: The case of Salima District Council (2014)
  • The consequences of co-option: NGOs, the Left and social change in Nepal (2014)
  • The Price of Protection - Gender, violence and power in Afghanistan (2013)
  • Cooperative Enterprises and Agricultural Development - The Case of Lebanon (2013)
  • Political Economy of Rural Female Labour: A Study of Labour Relations in East Uttar Pradesh (UP), India (2013)
  • Liberal Cosmopolitan and Realist Approaches to Gulf Wars 1991 and 2003: The Role of Discourse in Decision Making (2012; Ahmed Ijaz Malik)
  • Negotiating War and the Liberal Peace: National NGOs, Legitimacy and the Politics of Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka 2006-7 (2010)
  • The Architecture of Production and Labour Control in the Indian Garment Industry: Informalisation and Upgrading in the Global Economy (2009)
  • Youth in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Exploring Transition, Globalization and Youth Culture in the Ferghana Valley (2009)
  • The Politics of Development in Rural Rajasthan (India): Evidence from Water Conservation and Watershed Development Initiatives since the Early 1990s (2009)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Development in Ghana with Reference to the Tamale Municipal Assembly (2008)
  • Building an African World Class City: The Politics of World City Making in Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)
  • (The Production of) Who Is A Refugee? (2008)
  • Open Spaces and Hegemonic Practices in Global Civil Society: The World Social Forum 2004 (2007)
  • Export grape production and development in North East Brazil (2007)
  • Salvadorian Women's Empowerment - Adult Literacy as development (2007)