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Research and Enterprise Office

Research and Enterprise activities are central to SOAS’ mission.  Not only do they enhance teaching and learning, they are also a crucial part of the services that we provide to the world around us. Research establishes new knowledge which extends the frontiers of human understanding and informs and sharpens scholarly debate.  When this knowledge is transferred externally it shapes the policy and practice of governments, businesses, NGOs and informs the wider community.    

The Research and Enterprise Office (REO) at SOAS works across the School to secure external funding and income, to support research excellence and to facilitate knowledge transfer.

The REO provides the following services


The Research Office identifies funding opportunities and supports SOAS academics applying for research grants, ensuring effective management of awards.

Regional Centres & Institutes

The REO supports eight Regional Institutes and Centres which bring together world renowned inter-disciplinary expertise.


The SOAS Journals team edits and publishes internationally esteemed journals including the China Quarterly and the Journal of African Law.

Academic Events

The Centres & Programmes Office help create bespoke academic events from inception to delivery all of which are designed to engage with an external community, locally and beyond.


The Enterprise Office offers bespoke training and consultancy services for a range of organisations in business, government and the not for profit sector.

Student Enterprise

Student enterprise inspires and supports SOAS students wishing to set up enterprises or become more entrepreneurial. 


The Impact Officer helps academics with user engagement, supporting novel research with internal funding and working together on REF 2020.