SOAS University of London

Centre for Development Policy and Research

CDPR contacts

The CDPR draws on the research expertise of the academic staff in the Department of Development Studies, the Department of Economics and other departments within SOAS. These researchers have regional specialities, with particular strengths in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and varied disciplinary backgrounds, including economics, political economy, political science and sociology.

Permanent CDPR Staff

Professor Terry McKinley
Terry McKinley

Growth, Human Development, Employment, Inequality and Poverty. Transition Economies (Armenia, China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan); Asia (Indonesia); Africa (South Africa, Zambia); Middle East (Sudan, Yemen).

Professorial Research Associates

Research Partners

Dr Samantha Ashman
Research Partner
Sam Ashman

Researcher at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Visiting Researcher at the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Research Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Dr Hannah Bargawi
Research Partner
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email:
  • Room: 278
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Dr Kate Bayliss
Research Partner
Kate Bayliss

The impact of privatisation and commercialisation; public and private sector systems of provision; infrastructure development; utilities; role of domestic private sector in basic service delivery, equity impact of institutional and infrastructure reform. 

Professor C.P. Chandrasekhar
Research Partner
C.P. Chandrasekhar

Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University and IDEAs, India

Dr Giovanni Cozzi
Research Partner
Giovanni Cozzi

Financial globalization and free-cross border capital mobility, capital controls, financial and currency crises, and financial and real sector linkages. Political Economy of Development, Development Finance and Economics.

Dr Sonali Deraniyagala
Staff Silhouette
South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa: technical change and productivity in manufacturing, industrial policy, the impact of trade liberalisation on manufacturing performance
  • Tel: 020 7898 4515
  • Email:
  • Room: 282
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave 2019/20
Dr Andrew M. Fischer
Research Partner
Andrew Fischer

Senior Lecturer in Population and Social Policy, Convenor of the Poverty Studies MA, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Professor Alemayehu Geda
Research Partner
Alemayehu Geda

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Dr Seeraj Mohamed
Research Partner
Seeraj Mohamed

Director, Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Research Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Pranab Mukhopadhyay
Research Partner
Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Goa and IDEAs, India

Dr Susan Newman
Research Partner
Susan Newman

International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey
Research Partner
Robtel Pailey

Post-war Recovery, Armed Conflict, Governance, Diasporas and Development, Return/Circular Migration, Citizenship and Nationality, Dual Citizenship, Socio-political and Economic Developments within the West-African Sub-region

Dr Nicolas Pons-Vignon
Research Partner
Nicolas Pons-Vignon

Senior Researcher, Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Research Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr John Serieux
Research Partner
Staff Silhouette

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Dr Andong Zhu
Research Partner
Andong Zhu

Director, Center for Political Economy Research, Beijing, China