Combining political economy, globalisation, migration and displacement, conflict, agrarian change, labour movement and political ecology, Development Studies at SOAS is engaged with understanding, challenging and contributing to vital debates about social, political and economic change.
We critically evaluate development practices in the context of societal change, seeking new insights that can benefit communities as well as international and local agencies working with the people affected.
Explore our postgraduate options below:
Taught and convened by leading political ecologists and offers a critical analysis of key issues including water, forestry, climate, fisheries, agricultural production, biodiversity, conflicts and energy supply.
For anyone intending to work on labour and labour-related social movements in development agencies and NGOs, labour and solidarity movements, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and to activists in both developed and developing countries.
This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries.
We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction.
Designed to assist both existing professionals working within environment and development spheres, and people moving into international and national-level organisations and agencies promoting sustainable development.
International Development is a dynamic field concerned not only with processes of change in the South, but of social, economic, political and cultural change in middle income countries and the Global North.
Our research in action
Research from the Department of Development Studies has long been in demand by UN organizations and southern governments seeking alternatives to mainstream approaches to development.
Researchers from the department are central to curriculum design and in teaching at the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economies (APORDE) annual residential schools, delivering high level training for public sector officials, trade unionists, NGO members and African early-career researchers.