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Labour, Movements and Development Members

Cluster Convenor

Dr Tim Pringle

Jens Lerche
Research Cluster Convenor
Jens Lerche India; labour, social movements and globalisation; labour and the ILO; labour and caste in India; agrarian political economy.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4505
  • Email: jl2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 295
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1, 2 & 3 (2014/15)
Gilbert Achcar
Research Cluster Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 2 & 3

Henry Bernstein
Research Cluster Member
Henry Bernstein East Africa and South Africa; sociology of development; agrarian political economy; social and political theory; food commodity chains; governance and development.
Dae-oup Chang
Research Cluster Member
Dae-oup Chang

East Asia, capital-labour relations, state-society relations, labour and social movement in globalising East Asia, TNCs and division of labour in East Asia

  • Tel: 0207 898 4531
  • Email: dc13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4418
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full Academic Year

Christopher Cramer
Research Cluster Member
Chris Cramer Africa: economics of Africa, political economy of development, political economy of war and peace in southern Africa, and the economics of cashew production, processing and trade
Adam Hanieh
Research Cluster Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.


Thomas Marois
Research Cluster Member
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
  • Email: tm47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 293
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 2 & 3
Alessandra Mezzadri
Research Cluster Member
Alessandra Mezzander International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India  

Paolo Novak
Research Cluster Member
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

Carlos Oya
Research Cluster Member
Carlos Oya West Africa, Southern Africa, agrarian political economy; poverty; rural labour; development aid; research methods
  • Tel: 020 7898 4566
  • Email: co2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292a
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 2

Matteo Rizzo
Research Cluster Member
Staff Silhouette

Political economy of development, labour markets and informalisation, agrarian change, urbanisation, privatisation, aid effectiveness, Africa, Tanzania.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4836
  • Email: mr3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 272
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full academic year
Alfredo Saad Filho
Research Cluster Member
Alfredo Saad-Filho Latin America; political economy of development; industrial policy; pro-poor economic policy; neoliberalism; value theory

Subir Sinha
Research Cluster Member
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use

Research Students

Mark McQuinn
Research Cluster Member
Mark McQuinn

Lecturer in Development Studies with a doctorate from SOAS. Currently researching the influence of foreign aid on the work of civil society groups in Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Published book in 2012 – Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Worked in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Sudan and Bulgaria.

Lorenza Monaco
Research Cluster Member
Lorenza Monaco

Neoliberalism; Globalisation; Industrial Development; Labour; Political Economy; India; Automotive Sector


Helena Pérez Niño
Research Cluster Member
Helena Pérez Niño

Political Economy of Development. Agrarian Change in Southern Africa. Violence, conflict and Development. Borderlands and state-building processes. Extractive industries and capitalist transitions.