SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

CCCAC Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Scott Newton

Ms Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4152
  • Email: da4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Library E10
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00 to 17.00, Wed: working from home
Dr James Caron
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
James Caron

Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m

Dr Bhavna Davé
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Bhavna Dave

Geopolitics of Eurasia, Labour migration regulatory regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan, China's Belt and Road Initiative and effects on Central Asia, Politics in Central Asia, Development strategies in the Russian Far East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Professor Jonathan Goodhand
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Jonathan Goodhand
South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 258
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 1 - 2 and Thurs 3 - 4
  • On Sabbatical:Full Year (18/19)

Dr Colette Harris
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Colette Harris

Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Dr Rachel Harris
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual; music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11:30-12:30 or email for an appointment

Professor Peter P Mollinga
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Peter Mollinga
South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Mr Scott Newton
Centre Chair
Scott Newton

Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S330
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11:00 - 13:00

Dr Paolo Novak
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Professor Ulrich Pagel
Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Ulrich Pagel

History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4782
  • Email: up1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 343
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3:00-5:00 p.m

Professorial Research Associates


Research Associates

Dr Laurence Broers
Research Associate
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Nationalism and ethnicity in the South Caucasus (with a particular focus on Georgia), the ethno-territorial conflicts of the region, and the politics of conflict resolution and democratization