Department of Economics
SOAS Economics offers real-world Economics teaching, grounded in a global perspective and concrete knowledge of the economies of the Global South, especially Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as expertise on Europe and Latin America.
Our programmes reflect the Department’s leading role in political economy and development economics, focusing on the challenges that economies are currently facing, including the cost of living crisis, climate justice, gender, race, and other socio-economic inequalities. Our research drives scholarship and policy in the UK and internationally.
At SOAS Economics, undergraduate students can benefit from a tailored and hands-on learning in economic theories and methods, developing analytical, writing and employability skills. Students are supported through individualised academic advising and peer-mentorship. They can also spend a summer studying in Singapore and have the chance to take a placement module in their final year.
Postgraduate students also enhance practical skills in advanced economic theories and research methods, including R coding. They interact closely with experts in their field, preparing them for a career as economists in international development policy-making, consulting and commercial and academic research.
Join our supportive department and you will also enjoy a suite of extracurricular activities, from an exciting seminar series, thematic working groups, mentoring and networking opportunities with our global alumni network, not to mention our Cakeconomics social events.
Political Economy Analysis of Food Industry (PEAFI)
Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery
The Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery Project is a collaboration between the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Utilizing rigorous research, the DRGR Project seeks to develop systemic approaches to both resolve the debt crisis and advance a just transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy in partnership with policymakers, thought leaders and civil society around the world.
Scaling Up Green Investment in the Global South: Strengthening Domestic Financial Resource Mobilisation and Attracting Patient International Capital
The research project will provide evidence-based analysis that will help to design policies that will support the scaling up of sustainable investment in the Global South.
INSPIRE Sustainable Central Banking Toolbox Policy Briefing Paper Series
Policy briefing paper series designed to support central bankers and financial supervisors in calibrating monetary, prudential and other instruments in accordance with sustainability goals.
Financing the management of short-lived climate pollutants
Developing a financial mechanism for the end-of-life management of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
Managing supercycles: globalisation and institutional change
This project explores a ‘third’ cycle in macroeconomics that has a longer horizon than the standard business and financial cycles, and is anchored in institutional and ideational struggles.
Climate change and central bank asset purchases
This project provides the first integrated analysis of how the corporate bond holdings of the Bank of England and the European Central Bank can become climate-aligned. Using backward and forward-looking indicators, the project assesses the attempts of the BoE and the ECB to decarbonise their corporate bond portfolios and analyses alternative options that move explicitly beyond market neutrality and are more ambitious from a climate neutrality perspective.
Economic valuation of climate adaptation and resilience-building
Investigating the costs and full benefits of climate adaptation interventions and quantifying the triple dividend of resilience (TDR).
Financial risk and the impact of climate change
Developing a robust characterisation, quantification and communication of climate-related transition risks.
Trajectories of infrastructure financing and macroeconomic policies in practice
Examining changes in the trajectory of private finance in infrastructure policy-making.
Sovereign risk and climate change
Investigating how climate risk impacts upon sovereign credit risk and debt sustainability, and assessing the implications from a financial regulation and central banking perspective.
Greening the Eurosystem collateral framework
Investigating how the Eurosystem collateral could become greener, as well as what implications this would have for credit conditions and investment in the Eurozone.