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Research at SOAS

SOAS is unique. It is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. With more than 300 academics dedicated to research and teaching in these areas, it has become one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind.

Centenary research themes

A displaced man in Somaliland

SOAS marks its centenary in 2016-17. Our five centenary research themes frame the School’s key aspirations for its future research in the future.

  • Global voices
  • Heritage of humanity
  • Global interactions
  • Sharing a small planet
  • Global diplomacy and governance

Read more about our centenary research themes...

Shunga - a major exhibition of Japanese Art at the British Museum

Major research projects

19th-century Gə‘əz (Ethiopic) Psalter

SOAS is a research-intensive institution. Our researchers employ unique perspectives and collaborative approaches; distinctive regional focus and global relevance are the hallmarks of our research.
More information on current research projects at SOAS...

Research at SOAS Blog

The new Research at SOAS blog by Professor Richard Black, Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise).