Department of Development Studies

Professor Jonathan Goodhand

Key information

Department of Development Studies Professor in Conflict and Development Studies Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice Member Centre for the Study of Pakistan Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member
BA, PGCE (Birmingham); MSc, PhD (Manchester)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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+44 (0)20 7898 4483
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By appointment via email


Jonathan Goodhand studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester, with qualifications in education as well as development -BA PGCE(Birmingham) MSc (Manchester) and PhD (Manchester). He worked for some years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict situations in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor in South and Central Asia for a range of NGOs and aid agencies, including DFID, SDC, ILO and UNDP. His research interests include the political economy of aid and conflict, NGOs and peacebuilding and ‘post conflict’ reconstruction.

Professor Jonathan Goodhand Inaugural Lecture: Straddling the Line: Brokerage, drugs and conflict in the Afghan borderlands


PhD Supervision

Name Title
Bismellah Alizada
Jacob Berah The Role of UN Special Political Missions in Conflict
Mr Sarajuddin Isar Taxation and state-building in Afghanistan, a political economy framework
Kaweh Kerami The Power of Bargaining: Elites, Rents and War-to-Peace Transitions
Kota Watanabe State formation in Myanmar’s borderlands
Xu Peng Rebel governance in Myanmar: the comparison study between Wa and Kokang (working title)
Ian Quick How peacebuilding institutions develop and utilise climate-security futures


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