If you stand outside of the Philips Building, you will find see a small tree, currently blossoming pale pink flowers. If you read what’s written on the plaque, you will learn that it was planted in memoriam of Elizabeth Croll.
Professor Elizabeth (Lisa) Croll (1944-2007) was a social anthropologist and specialist on China who achieved great distinction both as an academic and as an international consultant on subjects such as development, poverty alleviation and the rights of women and children. She studied for two degrees at SOAS, an MA in Far Eastern studies followed by a PhD in the anthropology of China and was appointed Lecturer in 1990. She rapidly rose to the post of Professor in 1995, becoming the founding head of the new Department of Development Studies in 1996.
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