SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Welcome to the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP). Last year CeDEP celebrated 30 years of providing high quality postgraduate education by distance learning, having been founded as the Wye College External Programme of University of London in 1988.

CeDEP seeks to address some of the greatest challenges of our times: how to satisfy the aspirations of a rapidly growing global population, including eradicating the poverty still experienced by many of these people, whilst at the same time managing the environmental systems and resources on which life and wellbeing depend.

These challenges are inter-related in complex ways, with important ethical, political, economic, social and technical dimensions, and at CeDEP we recognise the need for informed professionals with the inter-disciplinary skills to tackle these issues effectively.  

CeDEP's academic staff undertake research and postgraduate teaching in the fields of agricultural economics, rural development, environmental economics and management, poverty reduction, sustainability, climate change and development. They have extensive international experience in research, which is published and shared with decision-makers and opinion-formers worldwide.

The distance learning programmes we offer, are part of the University of London International Programmes, a global community of which CeDEP is proud to be a part, with its unique network of students in more than 150 countries.

We hope you will join our international community of postgraduate distance learning students.

March 2019 - CeDEP welcomes two new members to its Academic Team

Dr. Thomas Tanner is Reader in Environment and Development and takes over as convenor of MSc Climate Change and Development. Tom is an applied development geographer specialising in building resilience and adaptation to climate change through research, policy and practice. His research leadership, particularly in South and East Asia, has included partnerships funded by ESRC, DFID, World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Tom’s extensive publication list includes the leading textbook on Climate Change and Development and an edited book on innovations in Disaster Risk Management. Tom joins us from ODI, where he led research on adaptation and resilience. He has also worked at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and at UNDP Bangladesh and DFID.

Dr. Ros Taplin is Senior Teaching Fellow in Environmental Management and is taking over as convenor of MSc Environmental Management (one of our programmes for continuing students only). Ros is a transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability researcher. Her research encompasses the use of scientific and technical knowledge for environmental, climate and low carbon energy policymaking. Additionally, she is involved in research on climate change representation in the visual arts. She originally trained in science, geology and geophysics, and has a PhD in environmental policymaking and also a Doctor of Visual Art. Ros was formerly a professor at UNSW Sydney and prior to that Bond University, Australia, and directed the postgraduate environmental management programme at Macquarie University, Sydney.