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Department of Economics

Department of Economics

The study of Economics at SOAS started in 1962, as a section in the newly established Department of Economic and Political Studies. The Department was divided in October 1990, when the Department of Economics was formed. Since then it has grown significantly in size and it presently includes 18 academic members of staff and 3 teaching fellows, in addition to research staff and computing staff.

The Department of Economics is one of the country's leading departments specialising in the economics of development and growth. Research is pursued on a variety of topics and is unique in its depth and range of regional coverage. A special feature of the Department is the orientation to Political Economy and heterodox approaches to Economics. In addition, the Department has strength in economic theory.  Individual members of staff possess considerable practical expertise in econometrics, however empirical methods are not the primary focus of the Department as a whole. The Department has an active Working Paper series and a regular output of publications.

The Department of Economics' strengths are recognised internationally and, as a consequence, it has received large amounts of funding for its teaching and research activities from a number of international organisations. It has established strong links with Departments of Economics in universities in Asia and Africa, including Renmin University in China.

Why Study Economics at SOAS

The department now has one of the largest concentrations of development economists in the UK. It offers a wide range of technical and regional expertise specialising in development and the economies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The SOAS library is an important resource, containing a unique collection of literature on Asia and Africa, as well as a wide selection of books relating to economics and development economics. In addition, we are close to other main libraries, including libraries in the University of London, the Overseas Development Institute, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and the British Library.

We attract students from all over the world, so that ideas and experience are shared with students concerned with different regions. This atmosphere encourages a range of perspectives on economic development.

Teaching methods still combine formal lectures with small seminar and tutorial classes - a combination often lost in larger institutions. The faculty consists of economists with long experience in teaching, research and practice in economics.

Students benefit from the regional expertise which exists within the School as a whole, and are able to participate in conferences and seminars organised by the interdisciplinary regional centres in SOAS.

Accommodation for full-time students is available in SOAS student residences and also in several of the halls owned by the University of London (UoL), all of which are close to the School.

Computing facilities for undergraduates are continuously being improved, and specialist advice within the Department of Economics is provided by the Departments own computing officer.

Contact:

Telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4477

Fax +44 (0)20 7898 4759

E-mail: economics@soas.ac.uk