The MPhil/PhD programme offered by the CCLPS is a challenging and rewarding experience. The interdisciplinary research environment at SOAS allows you to meet other academics with a genuine interest in your project. One of the most useful aspects of the programme is the weekly training seminar, which is open to all MPhil CCLPS students. These sessions are designed to consider ‘key’ methodological and theoretical texts, to incite debate and reflection upon your own research. The reflective nature of these seminars has been invaluable to my project, as they have allowed me a responsive space to broaden, question and develop my research. The programme offered by the CCLPS balances individual research with academic seminars, so you always feel supported (and challenged!) whilst pursuing your individual project.