SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Development Studies Staff

Head of Department

Dr Michael Jennings

BA Development Studies Admissions Tutor
BA Development Studies Programme Convenor
BA Year Tutors
Postgraduate Admissions Tutors
Postgraduate Programme Convenors
Research Admissions Tutor
Research Tutor
Departmental Welfare Tutor
Centre for Development Policy and Research
Michael Jennings
Head of Department
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
  • Office Hours: Mon. 10 - 12
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: Mon. 2-4

Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi

Political ecology, forest conservation, conservation history, governmentality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, Africa.

  • Tel: +(44) 020 7898 4521
  • Email: aa158@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • Office Hours: Thur. 12 - 2
Richard Axelby
Lecturer in Political Ecology of Development
Richard Axelby

India, especially the Western Himalayas; environmental history, natural resource management, nomadic pastoralism and agrarian change

  • Tel: +(44) 020 7898 4519
  • Email: ra39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4416
  • Office Hours: Tue. 3 - 5

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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 & 3 2016/17

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:Term 1 2016/17
Laura Hammond
Reader in Development Studies
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: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical:2016/17

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: Mon. 3 - 5
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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4488
  • Email: colette.harris@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 291
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00 -13:00 (Term 1)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2016/17

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: 4418
  • Office Hours: Tue. 2-4pm
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)

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
  • On Sabbatical:2016/17
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: https://al29.youcanbook.me

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: Mon. 10:00 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 15:00
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: https://zm2.youcanbook.me/
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2016/17

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.

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: Mon. 3 - 5 (Term 1 & 2); By appointment (Term 3)

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:Term 2 2016/17
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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2016/17

Matteo Rizzo
Senior 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: By Appointment - https://mr3.youcanbook.me/
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: Mon. 3 - 5
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2016/17
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

Ryan Brading
Research Associate
Teaching Fellow
Ryan Brading

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

  • Email: rb57@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am - 12 noon and 3pm - 3:30pm


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

Islamic philosophy; Political Islam; Social movements



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.


Anna Larson
Senior 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

Convenor of the Aid and Development unit on the MSc in Development Studies.
Aid policies and practices, role of foreign and indigenous civil society organisations in Africa, issues affecting informal sector workers. Doctoral research on trade unions and NGOs in Tanzania, published as Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Currently researching the influence of trade unions on labour practices in Sierra Leone and Tanzania and working on issues affecting informal sector workers in Ghana. Worked in the aid sector and on political economy issues in the Sudan and Bulgaria.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4818
  • Email: mm22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: F101
  • Office Hours: Tues. 2 - 4pm
Marco Mogiani
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Marco Mogiani

Border Studies; Migration Studies; Asylum Rights; Sovereignty and forms of State; International Law; Human Rights Law




Farooq Suhleria
Senior Teaching Fellow
Suhleria Muhammad - ms161 DEV

Dr. Suhleria is a Teaching Fellow for both Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Shreya Sinha
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Shreya Sinha

Agrarian political economy; sociology of economic relations; theories of development; neoliberalism; research methods; India


Veli Yadirgi
Teaching Fellow
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
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.


Administrative Staff

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.

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

Lasharne Anderson
Assistant Department Officer (Student) Development Studies
Lasharne Anderson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4597
  • Email: sid@soas.ac.uk,
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Economics: Mon - Wed am & Dev Studies Wed pm - Fri
Andy Chavez Ocana
Department Academic Officer
Andres Chavez Ocana

Academic Support Officer for Development Studies responsible for: visiting appointments, expense claims, programme & module amendments, web updates, timetabling and any other academic related matters


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.

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.


Ryan Brading
Research Associate
Teaching Fellow
Ryan Brading

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

  • Email: rb57@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am - 12 noon and 3pm - 3:30pm

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.

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.


John Harriss
Professorial Research Associate
John Harris

Politics of development; institutional theory; civil society and democratization; agrarian change; labour; processes of

poverty; and social policy.



Giorgos Kallis
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
Giorgos Kallis

Environmental scientist working on ecological economics and political ecology

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


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
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.

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.


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.


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

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.
Veli Yadirgi
Teaching Fellow
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
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.


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