Our Head of Department says:
The SOAS Department of Economics is a leading centre for economic research. We have a vibrant research culture driven by staff working on a plethora of issues, but we specialise in the study of developing and emerging economies and our work covers an unparalleled range of countries and regions. We offer a pluralist and applied approach to the study of economics to our students. To be sure, one of our goals is to ensure that all our students graduate with an excellent understanding of mainstream economic theory. However, we also encourage our students to develop a proper understanding of the limitations of mainstream theory. In so doing, we place great emphasis on introducing our students to the history of economics as a discipline and importantly to some of the alternative, ‘heterodox’ approaches to economic analysis, including Marxist, feminist, and Keynesian perspectives. At the same time, the work of the department is fundamentally concerned with the application of economics to real world issues and reflecting real policy concerns. As such, students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of particular countries and issues, based on concrete analysis of history, institutions and political economy. This reflects a shared view within the department that economics should be rigorous, reflective and, fundamentally, useful.