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Department of Development Studies

Development Studies Staff

Head of Department

Dr Laura Hammond

BA Development Studies Admissions Tutor
BA Development Studies Programme Convenor
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Postgraduate Admissions Tutors
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Research Admissions Tutor
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Centre for Development Policy and Research
Laura Hammond
Reader 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: Tuesday 2-4pm 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 2-4pm (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Terms 2 & 3

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
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full Academic Year
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: Tuesday 11-1

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, Colombia and Brazil. 
  • Tel: 020 7898 4087
  • Email: jd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 370
  • Office Hours: Thursday 1.30-3.30pm
Rosaleen Duffy
Professor in the Political Ecology of Development
Rosaleen Duffy

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

  • Tel: +(44) 020 7898 4718
  • Email: rd38@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4416
  • Office Hours: By Doodle Poll: http://goo.gl/N4Um3W

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: +44 (0)20 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full Academic Year
Adam Hanieh
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm

Colette Harris
Reader in Gender and Development
Colette Harris

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.

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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4723
  • Email: fi2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 261
  • Office Hours: Thursday 2-4pm

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: +44(0) 207 898 4268
  • Email: mj10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 261
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full Academic Year
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: Wednesdays 11-1pm (Term 3)
  • 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
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1
Anna Lindley
Senior 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: Wednesdays by appointment

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: Tuesday 10-12 (Term 2)
Zoë Marriage
Reader 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: 259
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 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  
  • Tel: 0207 898 4533
  • Email: am99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4421
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
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: +44(0) 20 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

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 (Term 1 & 2); Term 3 by appointment
Carlos Oya
Reader 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: Tuesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 2

Tim Pringle
Senior 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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4678
  • Email: tp21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 260a
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11-1
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
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full academic year

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: Tuesday 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: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Monday 12-2

Leandro Vergara-Camus
Senior 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

Sasan Aghlani
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sasan Aghlani
Orzala Ashraf Nemat
Senior Teaching Fellow
Orzala Ashraf Nemat

Political economy of local governance relations, State-building in conflict settings, Gender relations/ Development Studies


Ryan Brading
Teaching Fellow
Ryan Brading

Populist politics in Latin America and East Asia. Analysis of populist discourse with post-structuralist methods.

James Brown
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

Anila Channa
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Political economy of education provision; Education policy reforms, particularly decentralization and school-based management; Kinship groups and ethnic fractionalization; Social capital; Mixed methods research; South Asia, particularly Pakistan

Ini Dele-Adedeji
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Inioluwa Adeoluwa Nehmah Dele-Adedeji

Islamic philosophy; Political Islam; Social movements


Edwige Aimee Fortier
Senior Teaching Fellow (2015-16)
Edwige Fortier

The changing nature of the public sphere, in particular the concept of “civil society” and how it is understood within the context of democratisation and neoliberal discourses in the Middle East and North Africa; HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities, civil society, the public sphere, associative Islam, neoliberalism, democratisation, human rights and the Arab Uprisings; NGOs and community mobilisation/engagement.

  • Email: ef15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 289
  • Office Hours: Monday 10-11am (Term 2 only)
Leonie Fleischmann
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli peace movement, social movements, global civil society, Middle-East Politics

  • Email: lf6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 289
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3, Fridays 5-6 (Vernon Sq, SCR)

Tobias Franz
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Tobias Franz
Muhammad Ali Jan
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Neha Kagal
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Neha Kagal

I am passionate about issues concerning gender, violence and development and have worked in India with sex workers and ragpickers on issues of rights based advocacy, livelihoods and domestic violence.

Amrita Lamba
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Senior Teaching Fellow (2014/15 only)
Amrita Lamba

Brazil, South Africa, India; comparative study of natural resources governance; innovations in institutional design; the emergence of the ‘regulatory state’ in the developing world; poverty analysis; forced migration; adaptation and climate change.


Anna Larson
Teaching Fellow
Anna Larson

Democratisation in Afghanistan and other conflict-affected states, with a particular focus on gender and democratic institutions (elections, political parties and the legislature). Recently this has included work on the impact of Afghanistan's reserved seats system for women, the way elections shape and are shaped by local political landscapes, the internal dynamics of Afghan national assembly, political party institutionalisation and women's role in parties over time.

  • Email: al46@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: TBC on Moodle (following reading week)
Mark McQuinn
Senior 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
Teaching Fellow
Lorenza Monaco

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

Sharri Plonski
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Nirad Pragasam
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Farwa Sial
Senior Teaching Fellow
Farwa Sial

Idrissa Mamoud Tarawallie
Graduate Teaching Assitant
Staff Silhouette

Decentralisation, development management, security sector reform, DDR and governance reform, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa

Frido Wenten
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Frido Wenten

Veli Yadirgi
Teaching Fellow
Veli Yadirgi

Political, Economic and Social History of Turkey and the Middle East with special reference to the Kurdish Question in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; Politics and Development Economics of the Countries of the Middle East; Social Change and Social Theory.

Tahir Zaman
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Refugees and forced migration with particular reference to Iraq and Syria, transnationalism, diaspora contributions to conflict transformation and peace-building, sociology of religion, and faith-based humanitarianism.


Shuwan Zhang
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Shuwan Zhang

Labour relations,  Labour disputes and migrant workers in China


Administrative Staff

Louise Poole
Department Manager
Louise Poole
Lepina Begum
Department Student Officer
Lepina Begum

The Department Student Officer (DSO) is available to offer information and guidance to prospective students enquiring about departmental programmes of study, and to current students for issues such as class attendance, course work deadlines and submission, as well as mitigating circumstances and timetable queries. The DSO works closely with the department's student representatives and welfare departments across the School to provide specialised support to students in the department of Development Studies and Centre for Gender Studies. 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4404
  • Email: sid@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

Research Associates

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
Samuel Cohn

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.


Barbara Harriss-White
Professorial Research Associate
Barbara Harriss White

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

Giorgos Kallis
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
Giorgos Kallis

Environmental scientist working on ecological economics and political ecology


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.

Guy Standing
Professorial Research Associate
Guy Standing

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


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
Research Associate
Stephen Biggs

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.

Artur Colom-Jaén
Research Associate
Artur Colom

Political economy of aid systems in Africa; natural resources exploitation and management; regional and global integration.


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.


Matt Kandel
Newton International Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Uganda and East Africa; land tenure in Africa; post-conflict transition; displacement and resettlement; agrarian political economy; development and youth in Africa; state formation

Sonia Languille
Post-Doctoral Associate
Sonia Languille

Political economy of education and development in sub-Saharan Africa; privatisation of education, secondary education, social mobilisation around schooling, textbook industry; politics of aid and public finance; South Africa, Tanzania.


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.

Lucia Pradella
Research Associate
Lucia Pradella

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


Francesca Pusterla
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Humanitarian crises/policies; foreign aid allocation; refugees, conflict and natural disaster crises; international cooperation; European Union Humanitarian Aid policy.

K Ravi Raman
Research Associate
Ravi Raman

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


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


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