PhD theses

Completed PhDs in Development Studies and the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

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All PhD theses can be found in the SOAS library catalogue.


  1. Diaspora finance for infrastructure development in Nigeria: exploring motivations, mechanisms and impact India (Olufemi Bolaji,  2022)
  2. Overcoming the Constraints to On-Grid Renewable Energy Investments in Nigeria  Fadekunayo Jolomi Adeniyi, 2022) (CeDEP)


  1. Trade Unions Responses to Economic Liberalisation in Ghana (Prince Asafu-Adjaye, 2021)
  2. Shaping Room for Maneuver: A Political Ecology of REDD+ in Indonesia (Aled Williams, 2021)
  3. Claiming disintermediation. An ethnography of modern retail in Mumbai (Sept 2014 - Sept 2015) (Misha Velthuis, 2021)
  4. Agribusiness, class and ethnicity: dynamics of agrarian change in eastern lowland Bolivia, 1980-2018 (Enrique Castañón Ballivian, 2021)
  5. Stalled Transformations? First-Order Effects of Industrialization on Land and Labour in Selected Areas, India and Indonesia. (Karishma Boroowa, 2021))
  6. Trade union responses to economic liberalisation in Ghana (Prince Asafu-Adjaye, 2021)
  7. The Political Economy of Housing: The Case of Turkey (Sila Demirors, 2021) 
  8. Towards a multi-dimensional model of impact evaluation quality: assessing development impact evaluation methods with respect to context (Matthew Tom Juden, 2021)
  9. Water aid and trade contradictions. Dutch aid in the Mozambican waterscape under contemporary capitalism (Chris Büscher, 2021)


  1. Disciplinary practices, bullying and the making of boys and girls: A qualitative case study research in a secondary school in Nigeria (Omesham Noelle Oputa, 2020)
  2. Going West – Industrial Relocation and Migrant Labour Unrest in Chengdu and Chongqing (Daniel Fuchs, 2020)
  3. Green Economy for Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Analysis of Carbon Finance in Ethiopia (Bereket Tsegaye, 2020)
  4. The Role of Social Remittances on the Agency of Smuggled Migrants: The case of contemporary Eritrean refugees (Mesghina Abraha, 2020)
  5. Capitalist Agrarian Change in Indonesia: Class, Production and Reproduction (Muchtar Habibi, 2020)
  6. Land-pooling in Andhra Pradesh, India. A study of protracted dispossession: Manufacturing compliance through co-option, corruption and coercion in the context of caste, class and party politics in Amaravati (Roshni Menon, 2020)
  7. The Indian Road to Financialisation: Credit-led Accumulation in the Telecommunications Sector (Jai Bhatia, 2020)
  8. The Political Economy of Value Chains (Francesco Formichella, 2020)
  9. Humanitarian Activist Citizens: Desplazado protests and state humanitarianism in Bogotá, Colombia (Karen Iversen, 2020)


  1. "Hidden Catholics", "Faith-Blind" Donors and "FBO Empires": A Mixed Methods Study on Donor Engagement of Faith-Based Organisations in the Cameroonian Health System (Sibylle Lilian Herzig Van Wees, 2019)
  2. Bringing Capital Back In: Labour Informalisation and Militancy in Vietnam (Joseph James Benderinos Buckley, 2019)
  3. Contemporary land rush, food security and dynamics of agrarian change in Senegal (2006-17). (Rama Salla Dieng, 2019) 
  4. Violence and the (trans)formation of the state in the Yemen Arab Republic 1962-1970 (Joshua Rogers, 2019)
  5. British Imperialism and Oil : A History of British Petroleum,1901-2016  (Graham Hobbs, 2019)
  6. Dunam After Dunam: The Challenges of the Agriculture Sector Across the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Sharmeen Lamya Hussain, 2019)
  7. Debt in the World of Value: The Constitution of Riskiness and the Development of Personal Credit in the US (Bruno Höfig, 2019) [REGISTERED IN ECONOMICS ?]
  8. Late Development in the Age of Neoliberalism: The Political Economy of State-Led Development in Ethiopia and Vietnam (Joanne Tomkinson, 2019)
  9. The Ebb and Flow of the Pink Tide: Reformist Development Strategies in Brazil and Argentina (Pedro Loureiro, 2019)
  10. Urban Informality and the Boundaries of Belonging: Notes on Ethnicity, Nationality and Class in Nouakchott, Mauritania  (Hassan Ould Moctar 2019)
  11. The political economy of low carbon, climate resilient development in Bangladesh (Maliha Muzzamil, 2019)
  12. Agriculture and Public Policy: Dissecting the Role of Public Policy in Kenyan Agricultural Development (Keni Kariuki, 2019) (CeDEP)


  1. Climate Change and Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Ghana (Catherine Doe Adodoadji-Dogbe, 2018)
  2. The Roma in Turkey: From Survival Mechanisms to Development Strategies (Ana Oprisan, 2018)
  3. Female Political Elites as an Empowerment Resource: An Exploration of the ‘Role Model Effect’ in South Africa (Ján Michalko, 2018) – Development Studies/Gender Studies
  4. Public Services and Social Cohesion at Risk? The Political Economy of Democratic Decentralisation in Post-War Sierra Leone (2004 - 2014) (Idrissa Mamoud Tarawallie, 2018)
  5. Agrarian Accumulation in Liberalised India: A Study of Capitalist Farmers in Punjab (Shreya Sinha, 2018)
  6. The Defeat of Hebrew Labour? Neoliberalism, Settler Colonialism, and the Workers' Movement in Israel (Simon Englert, 2018)
  7. Navigating (in)visibility: the everyday lives of African women in crisis Greece (Viki Zaphiriou-Zarifi, 2018)
  8. Citizenship at Intersections: Caste, Class, and Gender in India (Sruthi Herbert, 2018)
  9. Marginalisation and Environmental Degradation: The Case of the Khasi People in Bangladesh (Mohammad Jahirul Hoque, 2018)
  10. A critical geopolitics of Iran’s international relations in a changing world order (Ali Fathollah-Nejad, 2015)
  11. Germany and Israel: an unlikely alliance? (West) German foreign policy towards Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestine question (Daniel Marwecki, 2018)
  12. Industrial Workers in the Garment Industry, House-Workers in the Family: Women's Productive and Reproductive Labour in İzmir, Turkey (Ayse Arslan, 2018)
  13. Changing Dynamics of Tobacco Production and Exchange in South India: Towards a Socio-Ecological Analysis (Nithya Natarajan, 2019)
  14. Neoliberalism, Securitisation, and Migrants' Autonomy in the Port/Border Area of Patras (Marco Mogiani, 2018)


  1. The Internationalisation of the Korean Developmental State: The Role of Development Aid (Farwa Sial, 2017)
  2. Interrogating Inclusive Natural Resources Governance: Comparing Brazil and South Africa (Amrita Lamba, 2017)
  3. Just add water : the alchemy of authoritarian rule in desert land reclamation projects in Egypt during the Mubarak era (Musa McKee, 2017)
  4. Britain's Relationship with the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Post-Cold War era (David Wearing, 2017)
  5. Globalisation, Neoliberalism and the Transformation of Higher Education in Punjab, India (Manpreet Kaur Gill, 2017)
  6. Governing Technological Change and the Paradox of Competitiveness: An Analysis of State Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in Trinidad and Tobago (Keston Kyle Perry, 2017)
  7. "In the Union I Found Myself": The Impact of Collectivization of Informal Economy Women Workers on Gender Relations within the Home (Neha Kagal, 2017)
  8. The Gulf Arab States and Egypt's Political Economy: Examining New Spaces of Food and Agribusiness (Christian Henderson, 2017)
  9. 'This word, it is for Murle, not meant for other people': The politics of Murle identity, experiences of violence and of the state in Boma, South Sudan (Diana Felix da Costa, 2017)
  10. Reworking Territory, Assembling Scale: Labour's Agency in Lao Border Manufacturing (James Derek Alan Brown, 2017)
  11. Labour Relations in Lebanon: Trials and Tribulations of the Labour Movement (Lea Bou Khater, 2017)
  12. On Technology: Second-order Constraints in Underdeveloped Economies, with special reference to Ethiopia (Kasper Janosch Vrolijk, 2017)
  13. Revisiting the agrarian question: coffee, flowers and Ethiopia's new capitalists (Florian Tomas Schäfer, 2017)
  14. Indigenous Farmers' Rural-Urban Migration and Agrobiodiversity Conservation. Exploring Connections in the Bolivian Altiplano Norte (Giulia Baldinelli, 2017)
  15. Financialisation and Economic Development in Brazil (Carolina Alves, 2017)
  16. Crisis as Opportunity: A Class Analysis of Portugal in the Great Recession (Victoria Stadheim, 2017)


  1. Entrepreneurship and SME Sector Development in Post-genocide Rwanda:  A search for the 'Missing Middle' (David Leonard Poole, 2016)
  2. Occupation, Politics and Formation of the Iraqi NGO Sector (Mehair Kathem, 2016)
  3. The Acceleration of Privatisation in Turkey: Why in the last decade?  (Ahmet Zaifer, 2016)
  4. The Growth of Higher Education in Somaliland: Implications to the Higher Education-Development Nexus (Nimo-ilhan Ali, 2016)
  5. Media Imperialism in the Age of Globalisation - The Case of India and Pakistan (Farooq Sulehria, 2016)
  6. From Impartiality to Humanitarian Triage: An Ethnography of Three Non-Governmental Projects in Pakistan (Marion Péchayre, 2016)
  7. Industrialising China, Escaping Labour: Economic Development and the Agency of Migrant Labour in Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Province (Zhang Shuwan, 2016)
  8. Reinventing the Wheel: Labour, Development and Global Car Production in Post-1970s China and Mexico (Jan-Frido Wenten, 2016)
  9. The Mutation of Islamic Politics and the Demise of the Kemalist State in Turkey (Fatih Cagatay Cengiz, 2016)
  10. The Political Economy of the Opium/Heroin Trade in Shan State, Myanmar 1988 - 2012 (Patrick Meehan, 2016)
  11. Contested publics : situating civil society in a post--authoritarian era : the case study of Tunisia, 2011–2013. (Edwige Aimee Fortier, 2016)
  12. Phnom Penh's urban poor : livelihoods, housing and the failure of Cambodian development. (Philippa Margaret McMahon, 2016)
  13. Building Citizens. Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) Process in Colombia, 2002-2010 ( Francy Carranza Franco, 2016)
  14. The Political Economy of Decentralisation in Indonesia (Ben Whiston, 2016)


  1. Fighting for Patronage: American counterinsurgency and the Afghan Local Police (Aziz Ahmed Hakimi, 2015)
  2. A Political Economy of Water in Lebanon: Water Resource Management, Infrastructure Production, and the International Development Complex (Karim-Philipp Eid-Sabbagh, 2015)
  3. Post-conflict Agrarian Change in Angonia: Land, Labour and the Organization of Production in the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland (Helena Pérez-Niño, 2015)
  4. The Political Economy of Development Finance: The BNDES and Brazilian Industrialisation (Eliza Massi, 2015)
  5. Narrating Peace: Somaliland Women's Experiences with Post-Conflict Reconstruction (Siham Rayale, 2015)
  6. Hezbollah, a Historical Materialist Analysis (Joseph Daher, 2015)
  7. Ordinary & Extraordinary Resistances: The Struggle for Land and Space by the Palestinian Citizens of Israel (Sharri Plonski, 2015)
  8. The State, Society and International Interventions in Timor-Leste: Creating Conditions for Violence? (Rebecca Ellen Engel, 2015)
  9. Integrating Social and Clinical Services for Improving Maternal Health Care: Lessons from Mali and Ghana (Harriet Frances Boulding, 2015)
  10. Local Governance in the Age of Liberal Interventionism: Governance Relations in the post-2001 Afghanistan (Orzala Ashraf Nemat, 2015)
  11. Bringing Operaismo to Gurgaon: a study of labour composition and resistance practices in the Indian Auto Industry (Lorenza Monaco, 2015)
  12. In the Cracks of the Big City: What Economic Opportunities for Palestinian-Origin Jordanians of East Amman since 1989? (Oroub Anwar Bader El-Abed, 2015)
  13. Food Sovereignty and the Via Campesina in Mexico and Ecuador: Class Dynamics, Struggles for Autonomy and the Politics of Resistance (Thomas Paul Henderson, 2015)
  14. Class Interest Shapes Political Decisions: a case-study of agricultural policies in post-liberalisation Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Karnataka (Sejuti Das Gupta, 2015)
  15. Political Economy of Neoliberal Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Statebuilding in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 1993-2013  (Toufic Haddad, 2015)
  16. Committing to self-reliance and negotiating vulnerability : understanding the developmental change in Rwanda (Pritish Behuria, 2015)
  17. The Making of the Market: Workers, Traders and Financial Dealers in the Recycling Industry Demet Dinler, 2015.


  1. Postconflict Borderlands: the Micro-dynamics of Violence in Nepal's Central-Eastern Tarai, 2007-2009 (Kathryn Mary Hohman, 2014)
  2. Narratives of Human Rights: Universal Concepts Brought into Focus Through the Lenses of Life Stories - HIV, Stigma and Law in Malawi (Lucy Stackpool-Moore, 2014)
  3. Social Boundaries, Political Elite Bargains and (Dis)order in Guinea-Bissau, 1974-1998 (Maria Matilde Patrício Stoleroff, 2014)
  4. 'Making our own means': Counter-Narratives in Squatter Memories of Violence, Resistance and Transition in the Western Cape (2014)
  5. The Political Economy of the Kurdish Question in Turkey: De-Development in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia (Veli Yadirgi, 2014)
  6. The interface between central and local interests in Malawi's democratic decentralisation: The case of Salima District Council (Alinafe Kasiya,  2014)
  7. The consequences of co-option: NGOs, the Left and social change in Nepal (Feyzi Ismail, 2014)
  8. Political Economy and the Rule of Law in Pakistan 1999-2004: Resistance to Implementation of the Law and Caste Capitalism (Foqia Khan, 2014)
  9. Secondary education expansion in Tanzania, 2004-2012: a political economy perspective  (Sonia Languille, 2014)


  1. New Social Movements and Media: The Case of the Justice for Bhopal Movement in India (Shalini Sharma, 2013)
  2. The Price of Protection - Gender, violence and power in Afghanistan (Torunn Wimpelmann, 2013)
  3. Cooperative Enterprises and Agricultural Development - The Case of Lebanon (Elias Y. Ghadban, 2013)
  4. Political Economy of Rural Female Labour: A Study of Labour Relations in East Uttar Pradesh (UP), India (Ishita Mehrotra, 2013)
  5. Industrial policy in Ethiopia (Arkebe Oqubay Metiku, 2013)


  1. Liberal Cosmopolitan and Realist Approaches to Gulf Wars 1991 and 2003: The Role of Discourse in Decision Making (Ahmed Ijaz Malik, 2012)
  2. Relationships matter: the aid relationship in low-income post-communist countries (Michael Reynolds, 2012)
  3. Economic organisation under adverse conditions : small producers and casual labourers in Uganda (Karin Wedig, 2012)
  4. The EU-centred commodity chain in canned tuna and upgrading in Seychelles (Liam Campling, 2012)


  1. State-society interactions from a “good governance” perspective: The case of Thailand (Rika Fujioka, 2011)
  2. Neoliberalism, Imperialism and the International Development Agenda: Resistance in West Africa and the Liberian Crisis (Niels Hahn, 2011)
  3. Contesting conservation: shahtoosh trade and forest management in Jammu and Kashmir, India (Saloni Gupta, 2011)


  1. Negotiating War and the Liberal Peace: National NGOs, Legitimacy and the Politics of Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka 2006-7 (Oliver Edward Walton, 2010)
  2. A critical examination of theoretical and methodological approaches to low-income country labour markets : A case study of Mauritania.  (Nicola Pontara, 2010)
  3. The real transport system in the post-conflict reconstruction of Angola : a case study of the province of Benguela (Ana Maria Simões Ramalho Duarte, 2010)
  4. The Class Structure of Pakistan (Taimur Rahman, 2010)
  5. Political Economy of Korean Finance (Hae-Young Song, 2010)


  1. The Architecture of Production and Labour Control in the Indian Garment Industry: Informalisation and Upgrading in the Global Economy (Alessandra Mezzadri, 2009)
  2. Youth in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Exploring Transition, Globalization and Youth Culture in the Ferghana Valley (Stefan B. Kirmse, 2009)
  3. The Politics of Development in Rural Rajasthan (India): Evidence from Water Conservation and Watershed Development Initiatives since the Early 1990s (Saurabh Gupta, 2009)


  1. Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Development in Ghana with Reference to the Tamale Municipal Assembly (Keiko Okawa, 2008)
  2. Building an African World Class City: The Politics of World City Making in Johannesburg, South Africa (Barbara Lipietz, 2008)
  3. (The Production of) Who Is A Refugee? (Paolo Novak, 2008)


  1. Export grape production and development in north east Brazil (Ben Selwyn, 2007)


  1. Uncovering the dynamics between large and small firms in employment generation and firm sustainability : evidence from Maputo, Mozambique (Nicole Renee Goldin, 2005)
  2. Experiences and perceptions of social workers in Ghana with comparisons with community and social development professionals (Siobhan Elizabeth Laird, 2005)


  1. Impact of social capital, institutions, and participation: the case of rural infrastructure management in Zambézia, Mozambique (Akiko Abe, 2004)


  1. An investigation into the political economy of industrial policy : the case of Mozambique  (Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco, 2002)