SOAS South Asia Institute

Overview

The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) represents the most extensive and diverse community of scholars working on South Asia of any university in Europe. While most of its members’ research and teaching activities are related primarily to India, the SSAI also provides a home for scholars whose work focuses on Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

The SSAI has a growing number of partnerships with universities and research institutes in South Asia which provide a basis for mutually beneficial collaborations in both teaching and research.

It works to strengthen links with SOAS alumni, particularly in South Asia, and to secure philanthropic funding to enhance SOAS’s reach and impact in South Asian Studies and ensure the future sustainability of its more specialised scholarship. It makes the expertise of its members more widely available to the wider world by engaging with governments, businesses, NGOs the charity sector, the media, and beyond.

In collaboration with SOAS's Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, it offers an online postgraduate programme in Global Diplomacy (South Asia) for diplomats and interested persons worldwide.

Meet the members.

Contact us

To contact the SOAS South Asia Institute:

The institute is based on the 4th floor of the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London.

Press and media enquiries

Interviews with our South Asian experts can be arranged by calling the Communications Office:

Email distribution list

If you would like to receive information about the Institute's activities, research news and external events, send an e-mail to ssai@soas.ac.uk - giving your first name and family name. Please put 'SOAS SSAI email distribution list' in the subject header.

SOAS South Asia Institute
SOAS, University of London
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

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Research

SOAS academics working on South Asia have been incredibly successful at securing external funding.

Amongst us, we have four significant awards from the European Research Council, two major research contracts with the Department for International Development and awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

We believe that our success is an external recognition of the high quality nature of our research engagement with the region.

The Institute delivers interdisciplinary research seminars; organises high profile lecture events; and facilitates symposiums and lectures on current affairs.