SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Research in the Economics Department

The SOAS Department of Economics is a leading centre for economic research with a specialisation in the study of developing and emerging economies. It has a vibrant research culture by staff working in a plethora of issues, covering an unparalleled range of countries and regions.  The Department's research is centred around five research clusters:

Our working papers show the range and impact of research in our Department.

The SOAS 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 large number of organisations, including the Department for International Development (DFID); the European Union; the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD); the Swedish International Development Authority; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the World Bank, the Nuffield Foundation; the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China; and the Leverhulme Trust. 

Department staff have assumed high-profile advisory roles for international organisations such as various UN organisations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and numerous governments and central banks worldwide.

Department staff played a major role in the funding of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), a pluralistic forum for all progressive brands of political economy, the Research on Money and Finance (RMF) network, an association of political economists who engage in analytical work on the development of the monetary and the financial system, and the Japan Economy Network (JEN).