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SOAS Food Studies Centre


Professor Harry West

Deputy Chair

Dr Jakob Klein

Advisory Committee Members

Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Dr Deborah Johnston, Ms Celia Plender (Research Student Member), Professor Peter Jackson (external, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield), Dr Polly Russell (external, Food Collections Curator, British Library)


For a list of members, see Academic Staff below.

Associate Members

Associate members of the Centre include more than 600 SOAS students and alumni, academics and students at other institutions, policymakers, independent scholars and journalists, and food producers.

Invitation to Join

Members of SOAS staff are eligible for full membership in the Centre. Applications for associate membership are accepted at the discretion of the Centre Chair from those with an academic interest in food. Requests to join should be addressed to: soasfoodstudies@soas.ac.uk

Nadje Al-Ali
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Tony Allan
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East

Chris Bramall
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Chris Bramall

Economic growth, income inequality, famine and agricultural development in modern China, the political economy of Maoism, The development of the contemporary Chinese empire

  • Tel: 0207 898 4616
  • Email: cb81@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 275
  • Office Hours: Open door policy

William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Advisory Committee Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Christopher Cramer
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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: Wednesdays 2-4pm

Philippe Cullet
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Philippe Cullet Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4651
  • Email: pcullet@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 226
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00 to 17:00
Catherine Dolan
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Catherine Dolan

East Africa. Corporations and capitalism, international development, moral economies, corporate social responsibility, enterprise and entrepreneurialism, inclusive markets, consumption and commodities, politics and practices of food governance, gender.

Andrew Dorward
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Andrew Dorward Agricultural and rural development processes and policies, building from strong interdisciplinary, livelihood and institutional understandings. Links between these, environmental challenges and wider development processes.
Ben Fine
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Ben Fine Southern Africa: the mineral-energy complex in South Africa; the political economy of consumption, particularly food;
privatisation and industrial policy; political economy, history of economic thought and economic theory; economics
imperialism especially social capital.

Peter Flügel
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Peter Flügel

Jaina Studies; South Asian History & Culture; Anthropology & Sociology of Religion

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4776
  • Email: pf8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 341
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm
Bernhard Fuehrer
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Bernhard Fuehrer Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: 020 7898 4218
  • Email: bf3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 398
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Christopher Gerteis
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm and by email appointment
Aeyal Gross
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Aeyal Gross

Laura Hammond
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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: Wednesday 10-12pm or by appointment
Jane Harrigan
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Jane Harrigan International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays from 15:30 to 16:30

Catherine Hezser
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Catherine Hezser

Judaism in Hellenistic and Roman times; rabbinic literature; social history of Jews in late antiquity; American Jewish history and literature, Jewish identity, gender studies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4633
  • Email: ch12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 335
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 11am-12pm
Elizabeth Hull
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Elizabeth Hull

South Africa; economic anthropology; anthropology of the state & institutions, bureaucracy, agriculture; livelihoods; health; nutrition; politics of food systems, food acquisition and consumption practices.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4766
  • Email: eh17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm

Deborah Johnston
Advisory Committee Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Deborah Johnston

Analysis and measurement of poverty; the working of rural labour markets; agrarian change and rural development; the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS

  • Tel: 020 7898 4494
  • Email: dj3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 270
  • Office Hours: Thursdays from 09:00 to 11:00
Tania Kaiser
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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: Tuesdays 10-12pm (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)

Deniz Kandiyoti
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Deniz Kandiyoti Middle East and Central Asia: gender and development; the state and social policy; feminist theory
Jakob Klein
Deputy Chair, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Jakob Klein China (South); anthropology of food; consumption; regional cuisines; local speciality foods; urban society and the urban/rural divide; food commodity chains; borderlands; food and environment; food safety and risk; meat-eating and vegetarianism; ethnicity and local identities; socialist and postsocialist societies.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4428
  • Email: jk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 564
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Jens Lerche
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1, 2 & 3 (2014/15)
Helen Macnaughtan
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Helen Macnaughton

Employment, human resource management, gender and economic development in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Peter P Mollinga
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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: 020 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By appointment (Term 1only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Elizabeth Moore
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Elizabeth Moore Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape
  • Tel: 020 7898 4452
  • Email: em4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 - 2014/15

David Mosse
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
David Mosse India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
  • Email: dm21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 573
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-6pm or by email appointment
Yoriko Otomo
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Yoriko Otomo

Historical, feminist, critical.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4707
  • Email: yo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4407
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-13:00, by appointment only

Carlos Oya
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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: Tuesdays 11am-1pm (Term 1 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
Nigel Poole
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Nigel Poole

Agrifood marketing, market coordination and information issues in agribusiness and poverty reduction, sustainable use of natural resource products, food safety and quality, urban and rural development.

Colin Poulton
Member, SOAS Centre for Food Studies
Colin Poulton

Development Policy, Rural development and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa

Parvathi Raman
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Parvathi Raman The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4434
  • Email: pr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm or by Appointment

Kostas Retsikas
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Kostas Retsikas The anthropology of personhood, social theory and poststructuralism, religion (especially Islam), the anthropology of the gift and of Islamic economics, Indonesia and South East Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4432
  • Email: kr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 595
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am-1pm
Pasquale Scaramozzino
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Pasquale Scaramozzino Macroeconomics; fiscal policy; applied econometrics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4055
  • Email: ps6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 528
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Timon Screech
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Colin Shindler
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Colin Shindler History and politics of Israel; Zionism

Subir Sinha
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: 020 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm
Laurence Smith
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Laurence Smith Natural resource management, water resources, rural development and poverty reduction.

Annabelle Sreberny
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment
Julia C Strauss
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Julia Strauss

State and society in China and Taiwan; Comparative Political Sociology; theatrical and performative dimensions of politics, interpretive methods, China-Africa, China-Latin America

  • Tel: 020 7898 4746
  • Email: js11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 207
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm

Kristin Surak
Kristin Surak

International migration, nationalism, ethnicity, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative sociology

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20-7898-4749
  • Email: kristin.surak@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 262
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Tuesdays 2-4pm, Term 2: Fridays 1-3pm
Leandro Vergara-Camus
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
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.

Jeff Waage, OBE
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Professor Jeff Waage

Food Policy. Farmer participatory research, biological alternatives to pesticides, biosecurity and management of invasive species affecting agriculture and the environment

Harry West
Chair, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Harry West Anthropology of Food: agriculture, food, and state policy; food safety and regulation; food and international trade; food and cultural heritage. Southern Africa, especially Mozambique; political anthropology; violence and the state; revolutionary socialism and post-socialist societies; traditional authority; sorcery; healing.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4414
  • Email: hw16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 569
  • Office Hours: All Year - by email appointment (during term time)

Cosimo Zene
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4783
  • Email: zc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 340
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Professorial Research Associates

Henry Bernstein
Professorial Research Associate
Henry Bernstein East Africa and South Africa; sociology of development; agrarian political economy; social and political theory; food commodity chains; governance and development.
Anne Murcott
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

UK; anthropology and sociology of food and eating

Johan P J Pottier
Emeritus Professorial Research Associate, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Johan Pottier Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo: rural development, food security, ethnic conflict, post-conflict rehabilitation
Sami Zubaida
Professorial Research Associate
Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck
Sami Zubaida

Mediterranean, Ottoman, culinary cultures, boundaries, nationalism, religion

Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology (Birkbeck College)

Research Associates

Emma-Jayne Abbots
Research Associate
Emma-Jayne Abbots

Eating, food & consumption; migration and mobilities; class subjectivities; time politics and cultural heritage; the body, bio-politics and governance; discourses and policies of obesity and nutrition; work, labour and livelihoods; rural development, landscape and the environment; economic anthropology, remittances and material culture; gender, generations & relatedness; Latin America, esp. Ecuador & the Andes

Nuno Domingos
Research Associate
Nuno Domingos

Portuguese colonialism; Mozambique; Portuguese Estado Novo; Leisure and sports’ practices; football; popular culture; Anthropology of Food; social history and political economy of artisan cheese making; Portuguese wine production and consumption.

Monica Janowski
Research Associate
Monica Janowski

SE Asia, in particular Borneo; environmental anthropology; food, particularly rice, and the use of food as an ‘ethnic marker’ in the context of migration; kinship and ‘relatedness’ through food.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Eona Bell
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Chinese in Britain, China, diaspora, food and ethnicity, ethnic catering industry, childhood, socialisation, learning and cognition, emotion, gender and cultural transmission

Honorary Fellows

Claudia Roden
Honorary Fellow
Claudia Roden