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Department of Development Studies

Development Studies Staff

Head of Department

Dr Laura Hammond

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Undergraduate Programme Convenor
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Laura Hammond
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
Head of Department
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
  • Email: lh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 371
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10-12pm or by appointment
Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies and International Relations
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
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm in Term 1; Monday 2-4pm in Term 2

Dae-oup Chang
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5pm
Christopher Cramer
Professor of the Political Economy of Development
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
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4492
  • Email: cc10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 288
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm

Jonathan Di John
Senior Lecturer in Political Economy
Jonathan Di John Development economics, economic growth, institutional economics, taxation in less developed countries, the political economy of oil states, political economy of industrial policy in Latin America, especially of Venezuela, Columbia and Brazil 
  • Tel: 020 7898 4087
  • Email: jd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 370
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 1.15-3.15pm
Rosaleen Duffy
Professor in the Political Ecology of Development
Rosaleen Duffy

Global environmental governance, biodiversity conservation, tourism, wildlife trade, poaching and enforcement


Jonathan Goodhand
Professor in Conflict and Development Studies
Jonathan Goodhand South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4 (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Adam Hanieh
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
Adam Hanieh

Political economy; labour migration; Middle East politics; Gulf Cooperation Council; migration development and remittances class and state formation internationalisation Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Colette Harris
Reader in Gender and Development
Staff Silhouette

Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Michael Jennings
Senior Lecturer
Michael Jennings

Politics, governance, and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa; non-governmental organisations; faith and development; history of development processes and interventions; issues in international health and non-state actors in health delivery.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4268
  • Email: mj10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 261
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10-12pm

Tania Kaiser
Senior Lecturer in Forced Migration Studies
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
  • Email: tk51@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12pm (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Jens Lerche
Reader in Agrarian and Labour studies
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)

Anna Lindley
Lecturer in Migration, Mobility and Development
Anna Lindley Migration, livelihoods and development processes; conflict, forced displacement and refugee issues; transnationalism and remittances; migration policy; mobility, education and skills.
  • Tel: 0207 898 4690
  • Email: al29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 298
  • Office Hours: Wednesday Afternoons, by appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 & 3 (2014/15)
Thomas Marois
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Zoë Marriage
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
Zoë Marriage The political economy of security, DR Congo, demobilisation, emergency assistance to countries at war
  • Tel: 020 7898 4437
  • Email: zm2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 297
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.30 - 5.30pm
Alessandra Mezzadri
Lecturer in Development Studies
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  

Peter P Mollinga
Professor of Development Studies
Peter Mollinga South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By appointment (Term 1only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Paolo Novak
Lecturer in Development Studies
Paolo Novak

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm (Terms 1 & 2) By appointment in Term

Carlos Oya
Senior Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm (Term 1 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Tim Pringle
Lecturer in Labour, Social Movements and Development
Staff Silhouette

East Asia, labour relations in China and Vietnam, trade union reform in China and Vietnam, labour and social movements in China, labour migration in China.


Matteo Rizzo
Lecturer in Development Research Methods
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
Alfredo Saad Filho
Professor of Political Economy
Alfredo Saad-Filho Latin America; political economy of development; industrial policy; pro-poor economic policy; neoliberalism; value theory
  • Tel: 020 7898 4504
  • Email: as59@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 294
  • Office Hours: Term 1 by appointment; Term 2&3, Thursdays 2-3pm

Subir Sinha
Senior Lecturer in Institutions and Development
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: 020 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm
Guy Standing
Professor of Development Studies
Staff Silhouette

Economic security/insecurity, labour and work, cash transfers, basic income, social protection and the 'precaritat'


Leandro Vergara-Camus
Lecturer in the Theory, Policy and Practice of Development
Leandro Vergara-Camus

Political economy of Latin America, social and peasant movements, alter-globalisation movements and social change, alternative development, agrarian issues, and bio-fuels and energy politics.


Part-Time Teaching Staff

Carlos Chirinos
Senior Teaching Fellow
Carlos Chirinos Radio in Africa, Communication for Development, Music and Media industries.
Margarita Dimova
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Margarita Dimova

Transboundary illicit economies, drug trade, local entrepreneurship, order and disorder, control and policing, crime and authority in postcolonial Africa.


Feyzi Ismail
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

NGOs and social movements, politics and development in Nepal and South Asia, global protest and change, alternatives to neoliberalism, and imperialism.


Mark McQuinn
Teaching Fellow
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
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Lorenza Monaco

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


Sharri Plonski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sharri Plonski
Helena Pérez Niño
Senior Teaching Fellow (2013/14)
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.


Frido Wenten
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Frido Wenten
Ahmet Zaifer
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

Political economy, neoliberalism, privatization, Turkey, Cyprus


Administrative Staff

Jenny Higgins
Department Manager
Jenny Higgins
Lepina Begum
Department Officer (Student)
Lepina Begum
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4404
  • Email: lb50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm

Anna Seecharan
Faculty Officer (Academic Support)
Anna Seecharan

Research Associates

Tony Allan
Professorial Research Associate
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

Alison J. Ayers
Professorial Research Associate
Alison Ayers

Global/international political economy, globalisation, imperialism and development; theorisation of the state; the constitutive role of the subaltern within the global political economy; political violence and armed conflict, the ideology of ‘failed states’; democratisation and governance; the philosophy and methodology of social science.


Jairus Banaji
Professorial Research Associate
Jairus Banaji

Agrarian history; Late Antiquity and early Islam; historical materialism; and, contemporary India, with a special interest in issues like the critique of minimalist stereotypes of the ancient economy; Marx’s method in Capital; modes of production; the fate of the peasantry under capitalism; and, labour and capital in India’s economy.

Samuel Cohn
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Professor of Sociology at Texas A & M University, currently working on the reinterpretation of the causes of differential rates of national economic growth between 1870 and 1950.


Plínio de A. Sampaio Jr.
Professorial Research Associate
de A. Sampaio Jr. Plínio

Political economy of development; Brazilian economic history; Latin-American structuralism; impact of world economic crisis over the international division of labor; Latin-American economy.

Barbara Harriss-White
Professorial Research Associate
Barbara Harriss White

Markets and capitalism; rural development; poverty and social welfare; South Asian political economy; field economics


George Irvin
Professorial Research Associate
George Irvin World trade and financial flows and the EU economies.
Cristobal Kay
Professorial Research Associate
Cristobal Kay Latin American theories of development, political economy of agrarian change, rural livelihoods, farming systems, land reform, peasant movements, historical comparative analyses of the European and Latin American rural economy and society

Stephanie Seguino
Professorial Research Associate
Stephanie Sequino

The relationships between inequality, growth, and development. A major focus of Stephanie's work explores the effect of gender equality on macroeconomic outcomes. She has more recently begun to examine the gender and race effects of contractionary monetary policy.

Marcio Valenca
Professorial Research Associate
Marcio Valenca Political economy of urbanization; housing provision systems, finance, conditions and policies; military corporate housing; urban development; real estate markets; land development; city entrepreneurialism, city branding. Brazil; UK; Portugal; South Africa; Hong Kong.

Stephen Biggs
Staff Silhouette

Political economy of rural and agrarian change, Patterns of rural and agricultural mechanization, Fairer trade, Politics of global agricultural Science and Technology assessments, Rural development, Research methods.  Mainly worked in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

Carlos Castel-Branco
Research Associate
Carlos Castel-Branco

Economist focussing on Mozambique, specifically: political economy of economic growth and accumulation, industrialization and public policy.


Vicken Chetarian
Research Associate
Vicken Cheterian

Armed conflicts, revolutions, nationalism, and conflict resolution, media and development, and environment and security, with focus on post-Soviet republics and the Arab World

Artur Colom-Jaén
Research Associate
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Judy El-Bushra
Research Associate
Judy El-Bushra

Judy El-Bushra’s main area of specialisation is gender, conflict and peace, focusing geographically on the Horn of Africa and Central Africa (particularly Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC). Her current research interest is in expanding understandings of gender in fragile contexts and of fragility in the light of gender: more specifically the impact of war on men and on constructions of masculinity; gender and statebuilding; gender in emergency response and resilience-building.

Marzia Fontana
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Marzia Fontana is a feminist economist with special research interests in labour market processes and institutions, unpaid care work and international trade.


Niels Stephan Cato Hahn
Research Associate
Niels Hahn

Political economy of conflict and development; armed conflicts in Africa; imperialism; neocolonialism; proxy wars; Western military interventions, war propaganda, psychological warfare, humanitarian assistance; post-conflict reconstruction, and neoliberalism.

Miriam Nabarro
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Art and theatre in conflict and post conflict settings; psychosocial and humanitarian programming in emergencies, participatory methods, community engagement; political economy of violence and conflict, cultural genocide, resilience and survival, representations of violence, politics of memory. Thematic interests in youth, migration, borderlands, Great Lakes, Sudan, Caucasus and the Balkans. Works with printmaking, photography and performance.


Nandini Nayak
Research Associate
Nandini Nayak

India, gender, development, civil society, social movement, social policy, employment, rural economy.

Justin Pearce
Research Associate
Justin Pearce

Africa, particularly southern and Lusophone Africa, conflict, post-colonial state formation and political mobilisation.


Lucia Pradella
Staff Silhouette

Political economy and sociology of globalisation, international migration, capital-labour relations, history of political economy and political thought

K Ravi Raman
Research Associate
Ravi Raman

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK


Orlanda Ruthven
Research Associate
Orlanda Ruthven

Orlanda Ruthven specialises in labour standards, job quality and skills in global supply chains, as a researcher, advisor and trainer. She is co-author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day (2009, Princeton) and has studied anthropology and political economy.

Claudia Seymour
Research Associate
Claudia Seymour

Young people’s experiences of and means of coping with violence in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo


Andy Sumner
Research Associate
Andy Sumner

Research Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK


Emeritus Professors

Henry Bernstein
Emeritus Professor of Development Studies
Henry Bernstein East Africa and South Africa; sociology of development; agrarian political economy; social and political theory; food commodity chains; governance and development.
Deniz Kandiyoti
Emeritus Professor in Development Studies
Deniz Kandiyoti Middle East and Central Asia: gender and development; the state and social policy; feminist theory

John Weeks
Professorial Research Associate
Emeritus Professor
John Weeks

Macroeconomics and poverty reduction, classical political economy, and labour markets