SOAS University of London

Stina Maria Lindholm

I realised that one of the most pressing contemporary issues in need of qualified social scientists is climate change. I wanted a program that skilled me with the multidisciplinary understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of this challenge.

MSc Environment, Politics and Development
I had dreamt about applying to SOAS since I started my undergraduate degree as it was presented to me as one of the best schools to study international development.

I realised that one of the most pressing contemporary issues in need of qualified social scientists is climate change. I wanted a program that skilled me with the multidisciplinary understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of this challenge. The course will not only provide you with the academic tools needed to critically engage with issues such as climate change, environmental degradation and political economy- it will question everything you thought you knew. Most of all, the course teaches you to ask the right questions. At the other end of the course I feel better equipped, personally and professionally, to contribute to a different, more sustainable and fair development. I have been exposed to a variety of approaches that have made me understand the crucial importance of mainstreaming environmental issues in all development approaches.

My time at SOAS has been the most inspiring time of my life. I have met people from all over the world, with the same passion for making a difference. Our discussions, in class, over lunch or in the bar inspire me every day. Interacting with passionate, challenging and knowledgeable people has opened my eyes to new perspectives. It has been an intense, but rewarding journey - both academically and personally.

SOAS is not only a school, it is a community. A community in which the students mobilise to protect the staff of the library, where the samba band makes you dance in protests and a place where you can go at any given moment and have great discussion about everything from world affairs to the bees on the roof. SOAS makes you think everything is possible. It is a place where an alternative is created.

Student profile interview questions

How did you find out about SOAS?

I had dreamt about applying to SOAS since I started my undergraduate. It was presented to me as one of the best school in the area of international development.

What made you choose to study your chosen degree programme at SOAS?

I realised that one of the most pressing contemporary issues in need of qualified social scientists is climate change. I wanted a program that skilled me with the multidisciplinarity necessary to deal with the complexity of this challenge. By doing the program Environment, Politics and Development I have been exposed to a variety of approaches that have made me understand the crucial importance of mainstreaming environmental issues in all development approaches.

How would you describe your time at SOAS?

My time at SOAS has been the most inspiring time of my life. I have met people from all over the world, with the same passion for making a difference. It has been an intense, but rewarding journey - both academically and personally.

How would characterise SOAS and the typical SOAS student?

Critical, passionate and knowledgeable.

How would you describe the course/programme of study/department?

The course in Environment, Politics and Development will not only provide you with the academic tools needed to critically engage with issues such as climate change, environmental degradation and political economy- it will question everything you thought you knew. Most of all, the course teaches you to ask the right questions. At the other end of the course I feel better equipped, personally and professionally, to contribute to a different, more sustainable and fair development.

Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration or motivation at SOAS and why?

My class mates. SOAS has put me in touch with people from all around the world, with very different backgrounds. Our discussions, in class, over lunch or in the bar inspire me every day. Interacting with passionate, challenging and knowledgeable people have opened my eyes to new perspectives and shaped me both personally and professionally.

What is your fondest memory of your time at SOAS? Do you have a story or anecdote from your SOAS experience?

I cannot count the time I walked home, exhausted, but with a big smile on my face. The academic stimulation has sparked my critical thinking and my intellectual capacities in a way that have made me feel extremely privileged.

What do you think makes SOAS unique?

SOAS is not only a school, it is a community. A community of solidarity where the students mobilise to protect the staff of the library, where the samba band makes you dance in protests and a place where you can go at any given moment and have great discussion about everything from world affairs to the bees on the roof. SOAS makes you think everything is possible. It is a place where an alternative is created.